Ryan Julien

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Current Standing: 
PhD
Last Degree: 
MS in Biosystems Engineering – Michigan State University
Entered Program in: 
2018
Academic Background: 

BS in Civil Engineering – Michigan Technological University – 2009

MS in Biosystems Engineering – Michigan State University - 2014

Current Research Interests / Thesis Topic: 

Impacts of green building practices and water conservation on water age and resulting water quality, especially regarding Opportunistic Premise Plumbing Pathogens (OPPPs)

Publications / Journal Articles: 

Julien R, Safferman S, 2015. Evaluation of food processing wastewater loading characteristics on metal mobilization within the soil. J. Environ. Sci. Health, Part A 50, 1452-1457. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10934529.2015.1074477

Biography (Personal Interest): 

I am currently a PhD student in the Biosystems Engineering Department at MSU, working with Dr. Jade Mitchell's research group. My research work is focused on the unintended consequences of green building practices - specifically on the effects reduced water consumption has on water age and water quality within a distribution system. I received by BS in Civil Engineering from Michigan Tech in 2009. I then joined the Biosystems Engineering Department at MSU and worked with Dr. Steve Safferman to attain my MS. I joined a consulting firm as an environmental engineer for nearly five years, where I primarily worked on gas and oil remediation projects. I also worked with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality preparing air permits for another year. I decided to come back to MSU to pursue my PhD in order to have a stronger, more positive impact on the environment. I hope to use my education and experience to improve human health and quality of life, especially for people whose well-being is often overlooked.

Awards: 

Environmental Science and Public Policy (ESPP) Doctoral Recruitment Fellowship - 2018