Research Highlights

Making Local, Global in Finland

Creating a Roadmap for Finnish Clean Tech

Professor Peter Adriaens is used to thinking outside the box. About nine years ago, after a long career specializing in biodegradation and bioremediation, he made a career shift from focused environmental research into bridging environmental engineering with entrepreneurial business development and finance. Today, he is a professor in the Environmental and Water Resources Engineering (EWRE) program as well as a professor of entrepreneurship...

Improving Our Understanding of Lake Surface Evaporation

Understanding the Great Lakes system is crucial for the millions of stakeholders that are impacted by the country’s supply of fresh surface water.

But the lakes have been full of surprises lately. Lakes Michigan and Huron rose above their historic average in September 2014, yet the water was at the lowest level ever recorded only two years ago.

CEE researchers are working to improve our understanding of the fluctuating water levels. They suspect the water level drops...

Drugs in the Water

Professor Nancy Love is featured in a new video from MConneX titled, “Bad Medicine? Drugs in the water.”

Love explains in the video that our bodies don't absorb all the pharmaceutical drugs we take. Much of them pass through our systems into urine and end up in wastewater treatment plants.

Researchers are working to detect those pharmaceuticals and test approaches to remove them. Love discusses what we know and what we don't know about this issue and gives...

Jim Wight

Professor Jim Wight’s crown grows heavy, as it is made of concrete. His former graduate students made the crown, which includes a plaque that reads “King of Concrete.”

While Wight is not officially a king, he has been recognized in many ways for his expertise and service in the field of concrete.

In April 2013 the House of Representatives recognized Wight for his leadership to the American Concrete Institute (ACI). Representative Gary C. Peters stated...

Aline Cotel

Fluid Dynamics

Associate Professor Aline Cotel researches fluid dynamics, studying everything from the impact of biofuel spills on aquatic environments to the impact of turbulence on fish swimming and aquaculture systems.

To study biofuel spills, Cotel and Associate Professor Avery Demond are looking at how ethanol-based fuels would spread in the event of a large aquatic spill. They fill a tank with water, cover the water with a plate and pour ethanol mixtures on top. The...

Drew Gronewold

Forecasting for the Great Lakes

Great Lakes vacationers who are curious about how and why water levels have changed over the years can take a look at the online Great Lakes Hydro-Climate Dashboard, developed by NOAA’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory scientists, including Adjunct Professor Drew Gronewold.

The dashboard displays data such as projected seasonal and decadal water levels and historical monthly and annual average water levels, contributing to...

Terese Olson

Contaminant Removal in Drinking Water

Associate Professor Terese Olson became interested in studying water quality in college as she followed the news of numerous environmental disasters, such as the Love Canal, Three-Mile Island, Chernobyl and the Exxon Valdez oil spill. 

“Water and air quality problems of a very chemical nature were everywhere and seemed to urgently require answers. I was moved by these challenges and hoped that I could align my career to address...

Vineet Kamat

Interactive Visualization in Engineering

Professor Vineet Kamat sees Civil Engineering as the field that defines a society's quality of life, and that’s exactly why he enjoys it.

"Open the tap," he says, "and there should be water. The bridges should function; the dams should function. All these things are expected and taken for granted and define the quality of life that we as a society enjoy. And I think that fundamental idea is quite satisfying as...

Jeff Scruggs

Ocean Wave Energy Harvesting

When Professor Jeff Scruggs earned his PhD from the California Institute of Technology in 2004, he was not focused on renewable energy. Yet when one of his role models, Professor Bob Skelton of the University of California San Diego, contacted him for help in an ocean wave energy harvesting project, Scruggs agreed.

To Scruggs, whose PhD is in applied mechanics, the wave energy converter devices Skelton was working with posed both a structural and...

Lutgarde Raskin

Environmental Biotechnology and Global Water Sustainability

Professor Lutgarde Raskin works on a variety of biological water and wastewater treatment processes. One of her most well-known studies found that most of the bacteria that remain in drinking water from the tap can be traced to filters used in the water treatment process, rather than to the aquifers or rivers where it originated.

This study, co-authored by Dr. Ameet J. Pinto and Dr. Chuanwu Xi, is titled “...

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