THE WATER INNOVATION & REUSE LAB
Department of Civil Construction & Environmental Engineering
San Diego State University
WIRLab trains and mentors undergraduate and graduate students from diverse groups to take on environmental challenges in water scarce environments by conducting research on sustainable water and sanitation technologies and biogeochemical processes in natural and engineered systems. Current projects investigate the transformation and persistence of emerging chemicals in anaerobic and aerobic decentralized water reuse systems, sources of anthropogenic contaminants in urban rivers, water quality response to stream restoration, and rapid fluorescence-based tracking of organic contaminants in source waters, streams, and groundwater.
The virtual WIRLAB team
meeting on Zoom, Spring 2020
Dr. Natalie Mladenov
William E. Leonhard Jr. Chair
San Diego State University
email: nmladenov@ sdsu.edu
Lab: Engineering E404
Office: Engineering E407
The WIRLAB team, Spring 2019.
Good old days of social bonding
Stephanie and Lauren install outside-in hollow fiber membrane for NSF project on transformation of chemicals of emerging concern in water reuse systems.
Stay informed: #BlackInSTEM #BlackInTheIvory
See this important link from the CDC on: Water Transmission and COVID-19: Drinking Water, Recreational Water and Wastewater: What You Need to Know
Congratulations to these WIRLab members:
- MS student Fed Pinongcos successfully defends his MS thesis on sources of microbial contamination in the San Diego River during storm events. Congratulations Fed!
- MS student Alma Rocha awarded the 2020 SDSU Master's Research Scholarship!
- Our San Diego River Contamination Study, in collaboration with labs of Drs. Verbyla, Kinoshita, and Gersberg evaluated influence of homeless encampments on surface water quality during dry weather and major sources of microbial contamination in the San Diego River during storm events. For more information, please see the Executive Report, which summarizes our findings, and the Final Report, which includes detailed results.
June 10, 2020
#ShutDownAcademia #ShutDownSTEM #BlackInSTEM #BlackInTheIvory
Take the day to research the systemic racism in academia. We have to face anti-black racism and cannot continue business as usual.
Some resources on anti-black racism here.
Links to increasing transparency in recruiting, supporting racial justice, pledge to support SDSU's African American Community.
This is only a start.
- SDSU publishes News Center article about WIRLab research on fluorescence-based sensors tracking sewage contamination in urban rivers.
- New San Diego River Contamination Study by WIRLab, SafeWaTER Lab, and other SDSU colleagues identifies untreated wastewater as a major source of microbial pollution in the San Diego River and its tributaries.
- WIRLab in the news on Eureka Alert for recent article on fluorescence-based sensors tracking sewage contamination in urban rivers.
- JDP student Rachel Astete Vasquez awarded Society of American Military Engineers San Diego Post Scholarship to recognize her academic achievements. Congratulations Rachel!
- Mendoza et al. paper on fluorescence tracking of sewage inputs to rivers accepted in Science of the Total Environment!
- Denise Garcia awarded Women In Engineering Award at the SDSU Student Research Symposium (SRS) for her poster presentation, "Performance Evaluation of a Decentralized Wastewater Treatment Plant in Tijuana, B.C."
- Garcia, Pinongcos, Rocha, Gil, and Aponte all presented their research at SRS. Great job everyone!
- Sanchez et al. paper on fluorescent compounds retained by ultrafiltration membranes accepted by Journal of Membrane Science!
- Gearing up for storm sampling and intense experimental work with lab-scale membrane bioreactors in 2020!
WIRLab has been renovated... well, repainted at least! Check out our new look!
- Mladenov serves as Commentator at the Re-Border Binational Conference: El Agua Que Compartimos in San Diego, and Tijuana. Fed Pinongcos, Alma Rocha, and Lauren Steinberg present their research posters at the conference on day 2 in Tijuana!
- Elizabeth Winterton, Jeremy Monroe, Mia Gil, and Alex Kinney present their research at the Southern California Conferences on Undergraduate Research (SCCUR 2019) at Cal State San Marcos
Applications now being accepted for US-Brazil Water and Sustainability Summer Research Program. Conduct undergraduate and graduate research in Brazil in summer 2020 on water and sanitation systems. Application deadline Dec 2, 2019.
Fed Pinongcos awarded the AEP Scholarship. Congratulations Fed!
Dr. Kinoshita's and Dr. Mladenov's Alvarado Creek research featured on sdsu.edu homepage
Volunteers Wanted! Field and lab research on post-fire water quality of urban streams. Contact margot.SDSU @ gmail.com for more information.