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PhD Graduate Students

Benjamin Swaringen

Benjamin Swaringen

Ph.D. Candidate

Research topic: Transdisciplinary Research into Detecting and Controlling Lead in Drinking Water

The objective of this research is to further the science of risk assessment and mitigation for lead (Pb) exposure, and to translate this into practices that limit or even eliminate Pb exposure for drinking water consumers, especially children and pregnant women.


Qasem Alhadidi

Qasem Alhadidi

Ph.D. (graduated Fall 2020)

Research topic: Recovery of Soil and Metal Resources Using a Sustainable Remediation Approach by Combining Zero Valent Iron and Magnetic Separation Technologies.

The objective of this study is to demonstrate that “the phyto-toxicity of metals in contaminated soils can be eliminated by taking advantage of the affinities of different metals for corroded metallic iron particles as a function of formed chemical and physical bonds, and the magnetic characteristics of metallic iron for metal resource recovery via magnetic separation”.


Lang Zhou

Lang Zhou

Ph.D. (graduated Fall 2021)

Research topic: Drinking Water Treatment Residuals (DWTRs) as Cost-effective Substrates for the in-situ remediation of Metal-Contaminated Sediments using a Capping Approach.

This research revolves around the notion of value-added to a readily available waste material, the DTWRs. The study will not only shed light on the mechanisms by which different metal types can be immobilized on a highly heterogeneous sorbent as a function of changing key water/sediment parameters; but also investigate the potential shortcomings associated with the use of DWTRs as capping material for metal contaminated sediments. In addition to lab studies, field pilot studies will lay the groundwork for the use of DWTRs as substrates for in-situ remediation of contaminated sediments.


Past Graduate Students

Akua Oppong Anane, Ph.D.

Akua Oppong Anane, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Akua is now an Assistant Professor in the Freshman Engineering Program at Montana Tech. She is responsible for developing curriculum and teaching freshman engineering classes, advising Freshman Engineering students in collaboration with the Academic Advisor, conducting pedagogical research in engineering education and providing Freshman Engineering Program budget requests and recommendations to the Dean of the School of Mines and Engineering. She also works closely with all the engineering departments at Montana Tech as well as the Enrollment and Recruitment Services to recruit and retain outstanding students for Montana Tech’s School of Mines and Engineering.


Veronica Llaneza, Ph.D.

Veronica Llaneza, Ph.D.

Process Engineer

Veronica is now a Process Engineer at NMB Water/CH2M (Miami/Fort Lauderdale)


Justin G. Clar, Ph.D.

Justin G. Clar, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Justin is now an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Elon University, and his research focuses on both the environmental implications and beneficial uses of nanotechnology.


Q. Kathy Deliz, Ph.D.

Q. Kathy Deliz, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Kathy is now a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Florida. Her research in environmental biotechnology focuses on fate, transport & remediation of pollutants and pathogens. Additional research interests include environmental resilience, sustainability, and public health.


Julianne Mclaughlin, Ph.D.

Julianne Mclaughlin, Ph.D.

Ph.D.

Julie was at the US-EPA, Office of Water in Washington, DC and has since moved to a new job opportunity.


P. Anthony Indeglia, Ph.D.

P. Anthony Indeglia, Ph.D.

CEO

Paul is the CEO of Indeglia Environ. Science & Engineering, PLLC. At UF, he worked in collaboration with Drs. Koopman and Moudgil. He is an expert in environmental toxicology, sustainable water resources engineering, and public health policy.


Sejin Youn, Ph.D.

Sejin Youn, Ph.D.

Senior Engineer

Sejin is currently a Senior EHS Engineer at Philip Morris Korea Inc. He works with industries, government agencies, financial institutions, real estate developers, and insurance & infrastructure companies on a wide range of EHS projects. In charge of >100 EHS regulatory and compliance and ESA audit programs in the general manufacturing, food and beverage, fabrics, automotive, semiconductor, waste treatment and recycling, pharmaceutical, power plant, oil and gas, electric appliance, chemical and commercial real estate sectors. Conducts sampling of contaminated soil and groundwater sites in support of remediation work. Work experience extends to international benchmark performance standards (e.g. IFC/World Bank), environmental and social compliance reviews and development of risk prediction/analysis toolkits.


Julianne D Vernon, Ph.D.

Julianne D Vernon, Ph.D.

Associate Dean

Julie is now the Assistant Dean for Academic Programs & Research, and a Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, at Vanderbilt, Nashville, TN.

Julie’s interests are in STEM education research; some areas of focus include student retention and implementation of innovative pedagogy and technology. She is currently the executive director of an NSF INCLUDES grant, SCI-STEPS. The mission is to increase the retention of underrepresented groups in the physical sciences and engineering from college to Ph.D. and ultimately the workforce. She is also working on international initiatives, which include student recruitment and research collaborations in Latin America for the School of Engineering, Vanderbilt.


Anna Hovsepyan, Ph.D.

Anna Hovsepyan, Ph.D.

Ph.D.

URS/AECOM, Gaithersburg, MD


Jie Gao, Ph.D. and J.D.

Jie Gao, Ph.D. and J.D.

Patent Agent

R&D and Patent Agent, Corning Inc., Corning NY


A. K. Donkor, Ph.D.

A. K. Donkor, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Associate Professor, Chemistry Dept. University of Ghana-Legon


Current & Past Master Students

Kyle Rezek

M.E.

Registered


Jenny Olmsted

M.E.

Registered


Yufei Sui

M.S.

Registered


Zichen Zhou

M.S.

China


Meiting Song

M.S.

China


Pei-Hsuan Chen

M.S.

Taiwan


Ran Xin

M.S.

No information available


Luye Li

M.S.

No information available


Chiao-Yun Ma

M.S.

Taiwan


Manasi K. Parekh

M.S.

No information available


Jay R. Patel

M.S.

Jacksonville, FL


Disha K. Thakkar

M.S.

Atlanta, GA


Furkan Yilmaz

M.S.

Turkey


Shashank D. Patel

M.S.

No information available


Hanyu Mo

M.S.

No information available


Chenchen Wang

M.S.

No information available


Sylvia Deputy

M.E.

Senior Environmental Specialist at Bechtel Corporation, Waynesboro, GA


Veronica L. Llaneza

M.E.

Graduated with a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering, UF


Justin G. Clar

M.S.

Graduated with a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering, UF


Jie Gao

M.S.

Graduated with a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering, UF


Sejin Youn

M.S.

Graduated with a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering, UF


Bassel W. Nemer

M.E.

Graduated with a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, UF


Deepak Sivaraman

M.E.

Graduated with a Ph.D. in Sustainability, University of Michigan


Suzanne Stempel

M.S.

No information available


J. Gomez-Moreno

M.S.

No information available