Graduate Students

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Xi “Jessie” Huang

I am a first-year graduate student. My focus is to develop a fundamental understanding of the structure and function of natural and engineered systems; apply this knowledge in the design of new treatment systems and the optimization of existing biotechnologies, especially the fate and transport of emerging micropollutants, the transformation pathways resulting from biodegradation processes; address the environmental health issues associated with human exposure to pathogenic organisms; and then improve bioremediation strategies and environmental management. To fulfill these objectives, the tools include statistical analyses, simulation models, mechanistic models of contaminant fate and transport, and cost-benefit analyses.

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Justin Robert Jent

Justin received his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, IN. His senior project was the design of a low-head dam on Fall Creek in Indianapolis, IN. Justin has had internships working for the H.C. Nutting company as a field/lab technician where he performed various tests on soil and concrete;  American Electric Power at Tanner’s Creek overseeing the construction of a landfill; and he has worked as a researcher for the Institute of Groundwater Ecology at the Helmholtz Zentrum in Munich, Germany. While working as a researcher, Justin supported the development of experimental and mathematical methods to quantify the water flux and the transport processes in heterogeneous aquifer model systems. Justin’s research interests include mathematical modeling of water quality; best management practices for non-point source pollutants; as well as large-scale water-environmental systems management.

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Jacob Rieth

My name is Jake Rieth, a Thomas More graduate with a BA in environmental science and an associates degree in biology.  I'm interested in studying water quality and hydrology.  In the past, I've down research in water quality, bio-monitoring, and population surveys for fish and macroinvertebrates in fresh water systems.

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Amr Safwat

Amr obtained his German Diplom from the Technical University of Darmstadt/Germany in Civil Engineering with focus on Geotechnical Engineering. As part of his thesis he developed a relational database and frontend to manage and analyze groundwater monitoring wells for the City of Frankfurt. As an intern at IDAT GmbH, Amr helped implementing and enhancing soil/rock and foundation engineering applications. Amr worked as a geotechnical field engineer in Kuwait on various on/off-shore projects which involved running and evaluating CPT’s and cross hole seismic tests. Besides working on different sustainable construction projects Amr also was a NSF STEP Fellow for the last two years. During that time he developed a variety of engineering based actives and lessons for high school students. Amr’s research interests include computational modeling of water quality; toxins transport in surface water; qualitative and quantitative analysis of water contamination events; spatial and temporal transport models using ArcHydro and multi-dimensional Markov processes; best management practices for non-point source pollutants; as well as hydro-environmental management systems.

ACCEND Students

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Donald Morehead

Donald is a participant in the college's ACCEND* program. In this accelerated program he has  been working on a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, and a Master of Science degree in Environmental Engineering at the same time. With most of his undergraduate requirements satisfied, he is now focusing primarily on graduate studies centered around Environmental Hydrology. As part of his studies, he is currently researching the possible impact of climate change on water quality.

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Allen Teklitz

There is a sense in which I am both starting and finishing as the same time.  I am starting into research at the graduate level, as well as finishing  my senior year.  I have attended UC for the past three years, and have also had the privilege to Co-op multiple times.  My research experience began after my freshman year where I worked at a ceramic manufacturing plant in Cleveland; doing everything from embankment design to pervious concrete research.  The two Co-op experiences that I have had have been working with the air quality division in environmental engineering where I gained much experience, especially in the area of exploratory data analysis.  Starting into graduate school myself now, I have the opportunity to undertake my own research.  What has long inspired me are the areas of hydrology and water quality, and how systems in these areas can be engineered to make lives better.  Understanding everything from the transport of pathogens in groundwater, to the treatment of chemicals for drinking water is of great interest to me.  I hope to be able to take what I learn and be able to implement it to help underdeveloped and third-world countries.