"Combining engineering and policy is essential in supporting decision-making for sustainable systems."
Ashlynn Stillwell earned her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Missouri (2006), and her M.S. in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering (2010), M.P.Aff. in Public Affairs (2010), and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (2013) from The University of Texas at Austin. Her honors include the American Water Works Association 2011 Academic Achievement Award for 2nd Place Master's Thesis and the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.
Dr. Stillwell teaches CEE 498 Water Technology and Policy and CEE 350 Water Resources Engineering.
Dr. Stillwell has research interests in the nexus of energy and water systems and the relationship these engineering systems have with public policy. Her primary research areas include developing decision support tools regarding water use in thermoelectric power plants, simulating possible future conditions via scenario analyses of water and energy management decisions, modeling aquatic ecosystem impacts of power plant cooling water discharge, evaluating the watershed-scale impact of water reuse, and modeling energy associated with green stormwater infrastructure. Dr. Stillwell’s work combines concepts of sustainability, risk, policy, and economics to evaluate aspects of the energy-water nexus.