Environmental Engineering and Science

Rosa
3215 Newmark Civil Engineering Laboratory
Espinosa-Marzal
205 N. Mathews Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801

Associate Professor

Phone: 
(217) 300-4380

"A sustainable environment needs interdisciplinary education and research."

Faculty Type: 
Faculty
Rosa Espinosa-Marzal holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in mechanical engineering (Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Spain, 1997), and a Ph.D. in engineering/materials science (Hamburg University of Technology, Germany, 2004). 
 
Dr. Espinosa-Marzal joined the faculty of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in September 2013, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate classes in environmental engineering and in materials, with an emphasis on colloidal science, interfaces, surface functionalization and materials science.  
 
Dr. Espinosa-Marzal is a member of the American Chemical Society and the Royal Society of Chemistry. Prior to joining Illinois, Dr. Espinosa-Marzal was a Senior Scientist at the Laboratory for Surface Science and Technology, ETH Zurich (Switzerland). Dr. Espinosa-Marzal is the recipient of a research grant to promote highly qualified young postdoctoral researchers given by the German Research Foundation. She was a research fellow at Princeton University at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering from 2007 to 2009 and before, a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Materials, Physics and Chemistry of Building Materials, at Hamburg University of Technology. 
 
Research Overview: 
The goal of Dr. Espinosa-Marzal's research group, Smart Interfaces for Environmental Nanotechnology, is to establish design principles of smart interfaces for applications in environmental engineering and science. Her primary research areas include nanomaterials and nanopores in aquatic systems, desalination, ions and salt crystals in pores of rocks or membranes,  tailoring surface properties affecting microbial adhesion, novel energy storage systems based on ionic liquid electrostatic double layer capacitors and self-healing properties of biogenic minerals. It is an experimentalist research group that seeks collaboration with modelers. Dr. Espinosa-Marzal’s research and teaching at Illinois contribute to the environmental engineering program and materials in CEE. 
 
Students in the Laboratory for Smart Interfaces for Environmental Nanotechnology:
  • Andres Jurado, PhD student (PhD thesis on nanoconfinement of ionic liquids as electrolytes for electrostatic double layer capacitors)
  • Erin Bak, Master Student (Master thesis - Biodegradable antibacterial calcite nanoparticles)
  • Weiran Lu, Undergraduate Student (Undergraduate Research Project: Synthesis and characterization of mineralized biofilms)
  • Raymond Choo Yew Chin, Master Student (Independent Project: A Transmission Interferometer Adsorption Sensor)
  • Zita Maria John Zachariah: PhD student at ETH Zurich, Switzerland (co-supervisor of PhD thesis on Crystal Growth in Confinement studied in a model Slit Pore)
  • Manjesh Singh: PhD student at ETH Zurich, Switzerland (co-supervisor of PhD thesis on Modeling Studies of Interacting Polymer Brushes under Shear)
3217 Newmark Civil Engineering Laboratory
Roland D.
Cusick
205 N. Mathews Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801

Assistant Professor

Phone: 
(217) 244-6727
Faculty Type: 
Faculty

Roland Cusick earned his B.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Riverside (2005), and holds an M.S. (2010) and Ph.D. (2013) in Environmental Engineering, both from the Pennsylvania State University. His honors include receiving the W. Wesley Eckenfelder Graduate Research Award from the American Association of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (2013), the Penn State Alumni Association Dissertation Award (2013), and the Dow Sustainability Student Challenge Award (2012). 

Dr. Cusick will teach CEE 444 Environmental Engineering Principles, Biological starting the spring of 2014.

Research Overview: 

Dr. Cusick has research interests in resource recovery from liquid and thermal waste streams and sustainable wastewater treatment. His primary research areas include nutrient and energy recovery from wastewater using microbial electrochemical technologies, electrochemical energy production from natural and engineered salinity gradients, and sustainable sanitation technologies for the developing world.

Byung J.
Kim, P.E.
U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center
Construction Engineering Research Laboratory
P.O. Box 9005
Champaign, IL 61826-9005

Adjunct Professor

Phone: 
(217) 352-2487
Faculty Type: 
Instructors and Adjunct Faculty

Byung J. Kim is a senior researcher for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, a position he has held since 1987.  Prior to that, he was an Environmental Coordinator for the U.S. Forces-Korea/Eighth United States Army from 1981 to 1987.  From 1977 to 1981, he was a senior environmental engineer for the New York State Environmental Conservation District.

He holds a Ph.D. (1981) from the Polytechnic Institute of New York University.

Research Overview: 

Dr. Kim's research focus is in environmental engineering with an emphasis on military engineering and environmental compliance technologies.

Yuanhui
Agricultural Engineering Sciences Building
332B AESB, MC-644
1304 W. Pennsylvania Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801
Zhang
The Innoventer Professor in Engineering
Associate Department Head, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering 
Faculty Type: 
Instructors and Adjunct Faculty
Phone: 
(217) 333-2693
Fax: 
(217) 244-0323

Professor Yuanhui Zhang, P.E.,  joined the faculty of the University of Illinois in 1996.  He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in biosystems engineering and indoor air quality engineering.

Dr. Zhang holds Ph.D. (1989) and M.S. (1985) degrees in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada and a B.S. (1978) in Agricultural Engineering from Shandong Institute of Technology, China.  

His honors and awards have included being named a Fellow of American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (2011), being appointed the Endowed Innoventor Professor in Engineering by the College of Engineering and the College of ACES at the University of Illinois (2011), being named a Fellow of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers (2008), and winning the Henry Giese Award from the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (2008).

Dr. Zhang’s research goal is to enhance quality of life by focusing on the immediate environment of living things, people, animals and plants. One of his research areas is indoor air quality engineering. His team has developed and continued research on aerodynamic filter-less air cleaning and three-dimensional, near-real-time volumetric particle tracking velocimetry (VPTV) for room air flow measurement and modeling. His book, Indoor Air Quality Engineering, has been used as a textbook in several universities.

Research Overview: 

Dr. Zhang's research focuses on indoor air quality; the effect of indoor air quality on occupants; heating, ventilation and air-conditioning control; and waste treatment.

He has pioneered the research in Environment-Enhancing Energy (E2-Energy), in which he combines waste treatment, water cleaning, carbon dioxide sequestration and biofuel conversion into one process. He has successfully converted biowaste, including animal and human waste, food processing waste and algae, into crude oil using thermochemical conversion (TCC), similar to Mother Nature’s petroleum formation, but in a few minutes rather than geological years.
 
Jeremy S.
3221 Newmark Civil Engineering Laboratory
Guest
205 N. Mathews Ave.
Urbana, IL  61801

Assistant Professor 

Phone: 
(217) 244-9247

 

“Understanding the dynamic interactions between nature and society is at the heart of designing more sustainable infrastructure systems.”

 

Faculty Type: 
Faculty

Jeremy Guest earned his B.S. in civil engineering from Bucknell University (2005), his M.S. in civil engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (2007) and his Ph.D. in environmental engineering from the University of Michigan (2012). Dr. Guest is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and serves as the Thrust Leader for Sanitation and Resource Recovery for the Safe Global Water Institute.

Dr. Guest has been the recipient of several notable awards including a Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute Ph.D. Fellowship (2008-2010), a Rackham Graduate School Predoctoral Fellowship (2010-2011), and the Walter J. Weber Jr. Award in Environmental and Energy Sustainability (2011), all from the University of Michigan. Dr. Guest was also awarded a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award (2014-2019).

Research Overview: 

Dr. Guest has research interests in the development of technologies and decision-making tools that increase access to and the sustainability of environmental infrastructure.  His primary focus is on sanitation and the development of biotechnologies that manage wastewater as a renewable resource for energy production, chemical production, nutrient and water recovery. By integrating experimentation, modeling, and quantitative sustainable design (QSD), Dr. Guest’s research group leverages fundamental insights into molecular- and cell-scale processes to advance systems-scale sustainability, connecting technology innovation with broader societal initiatives for advancing energy, food security, health and nutrition in both developing and technologically advanced communities. Dr. Guest’s research group is currently working with microalgal and anaerobic technologies to achieve energy positive chemical production, nutrient and water recovery from sanitation media. Beyond sanitation research, his group also integrates experimentation, modeling, and QSD to advance select engineering (e.g., drinking water, transportation) and agricultural (e.g., farming practices, urban agriculture) technologies through interdisciplinary collaborations. A common theme in this work is the elucidation of trade-offs across scales (space and time) and dimensions (environmental, economic, social, and performance) of sustainability, and the development of technology targets to enable rapid and sustained adoption of innovations.

 

Sotiria
3230A Newmark Lab
Koloutsou-Vakakis
3230a Newmark Civil Engineering Laboratory, MC-250
205 N. Mathews Ave.
Urbana, IL    61801

Lecturer and Research Scientist

Faculty Type: 
Instructors and Adjunct Faculty
Phone: 
(217) 265-7646

Dr. Sotiria Koloutsou-Vakakis holds a Diploma degree in Civil-Surveying Engineering (National Technical University of Athens, Greece), a M.A. in Geography (University of California, Los Angeles), and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Environmental Engineering (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign).

She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on Air Quality, Science and Environmental Policy, and Engineering Risk and Uncertainty.

An air quality researcher, Dr. Koloutsou-Vakakis has worked on the policy-making aspects of climate change and ozone layer protection. In 1997, she held a postdoctoral appointment at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and in 1998-1999 she was a NSF-NATO postdoctoral fellow at the University of Athens, Greece.

Research Overview: 
Dr. Sotiria Koloutsou-Vakakis has worked on characterization of physical and chemical properties of ambient aerosol particles, as these relate to climate change and urban air pollution. Her current research is on air quality measurement with optical methods, land-atmosphere exchange of trace gases, compilation of emission inventories from agriculture and air quality modeling. She is actively involved with K-12 STEM outreach activities.
 
117 Transportation B
Deborah
Thurston
104 S. Mathews Ave.
MC-238
Urbana, IL  61801

Professor
Co-Director, Technology & Management
Gutgsell Professor

Phone: 
(217) 333-6456
Faculty Type: 
Instructors and Adjunct Faculty
Julie L.
3230C Newmark Civil Engineering Laboratory
Zilles

205 N. Mathews Ave. Urbana, IL 61801

Research Assistant Professor

Phone: 
(217) 244-2925
Faculty Type: 
Instructors and Adjunct Faculty

"Understanding microbial physiology and ecology in engineered systems is critical for improving water treatment."

Julie L. Zilles received her B.S. in biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1993) and her Ph.D. in Bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin Madison (1999). She joined the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2002 following postdoctoral work in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Wisconsin Madison. She is a member of the Graduate College of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an affiliate of the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering. Dr. Zilles currently teaches biological principles of environmental engineering and scientific writing.

Research Overview: 
Dr. Zilles' research interests lie at the intersection of environmental engineering and microbiology. In systems such as biological wastewater treatment, a more complete understanding of the microbial ecology and physiology may be applied to the development of process improvements. Research areas include the effects of agricultural antibiotic use on antibiotic resistance levels in swine waste treatment systems and manure-amended soils, the microbial ecology of denitrification in tile drainage bioreactors, the development of biomimetic membranes for desalination, the microbial physiology of enhanced biological phosphorus removal, and gene expression and genetic adaptation for herbicide degradation in a model dynamic soil system.
Vernon L.
3230e Newmark Civil Engineering Laboratory
Snoeyink

205 N. Mathews Ave. Urbana, IL 61801

Professor Emeritus
Ivan Racheff Professor
Phone: 
(217) 300-3858
Faculty Type: 
Emeritus Faculty

Vernon L. Snoeyink holds a B.S. in civil engineering (1964), M.S. in sanitary engineering (1966), and Ph.D. in water resources engineering (1968), all from the University of Michigan. He was on the faculty of the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois from 1969 until 2005, when he retired. From 1985-1999 he served as Coordinator of the Environmental Engineering and Science Program.

Dr. Snoeyink has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in water chemistry and water quality control, as well as a course in cultural awareness and speech enhancement to advanced doctoral students. He is a co-author of the book Water Chemistry (John Wiley, 1980).

Dr. Snoeyink is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Water Works Association, the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors, and the International Water Association. He served as President of the Association of Engineering and Science Professors and currently is on the Editorial Advisory Board of AQUA.

Dr. Snoeyink's research awards include the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors Distinguished Lectureship, the Research Award from the American Water Works Association, the Warren A. Hall Medal from the University Council on Water Resources, the Samuel Arnold Greeley Award and the Simon Freese Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Thomas Feng Distinguished Lectureship from the University of Massachusetts, and theTau Beta Pi Daniel C. Drucker Eminent Faculty Award from the University of Illinois among others. He has been recognized several times at the University of Illinois for excellence in teaching at the Department, College of Engineering and Campus levels, including the Everitt Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in 1982 and 1998, and the Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in 1983. In 2002, he received the The Multi-Year Faculty Achievement Award for continual commitment to stewardship and excellence in advising.

Research Overview: 

Dr. Snoeyink's research has focused on drinking water quality control. His research program in recent years has centered on the removal of organic and inorganic contaminants from water using adsorption systems, especially granular and powdered activated carbon systems that are coupled with membrane systems. Also, he is investigating the mechanisms of formation and means to control water quality problems that develop in drinking water distribution systems as a result of reactions of iron, aluminum and other inorganic substances.

J. Wayland
3217 Newmark Civil Engineering Laboratory
Eheart

205 N. Mathews Ave. Urbana, IL 61801

Professor Emeritus

Phone: 
(217) 333-6962
Faculty Type: 
Emeritus Faculty

J. Wayland Eheart holds a B.S. in chemical engineering (University of Maryland 1966), M.S. in chemical engineering (North Carolina State University 1968), and Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering (University of Wisconsin 1975). He has been on the faculty of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering since 1978.

Dr. Eheart has taught the following courses in Civil and Environmental Engineering: CEE 241, 292, 341, 339, 439, and 441. He is currently working on a book for the 339 and 439 courses tentatively entitled Environmental Systems Analysis.

Dr. Eheart is a member of the American Geophysical Union, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and Phi Kappa Phi. He is a member of the Water Resources Standards Committee of ASCE, which has produced the ASCE Model Water Codes and is the editor of a recent ASCE publication from the same committee entitled: Riparian Water Regulations: Guidelines for Withdrawal Limitations and Permit Trading.

Research Overview: 

Dr. Eheart's research focuses on the use of mathematical models and engineering principles in the development of environmental policy. His research has been applied to problems of water and air pollution control, water quantity maintenance, groundwater remediation and monitoring, as well as assessment of and adaptation to global climate change.

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