College of Engineering

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Summary

Research in the Environmental Engineering group centers on two broad themes:

  • Environmental Health and Water Quality Engineering
  • Sustainability and Water Resource Systems Modeling

Core Faculty

Annick Anctil

Annick Anctil, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Civil and Environmental Engineering

Ph.D. (2011) Sustainability
Rochester Institute of Technology

(517) 355-5107
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Research Interests:

  • Sustainability
  • Photovoltaics
  • Environmental impact of energy technologies
  • Life-cycle Assessment
  • Nanomaterial production

Courses taught:

  • CE371: Sustainable Civil and Environmental Systems
  • ENE801: Dynamics of Environmental Systems
  • ENE890: Life-cycle Assessment of Energy Technologies
Alison Cupples Alison M. Cupples, PhD.

Associate Professor
Civil and Environmental Engineering

Ph.D. (2003) Environmental Engineering and Science
Stanford University

(517) 432-3370
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Research Interests:

  • Identification of the microorganisms and functional genes involved in biodegradation
  • Application of molecular methods to environmental microbiology
  • Occurrence and fate of emerging contaminants in engineered and natural systems

Courses taught:

  • ENE280: Principles of Environmental Engineering and Science
  • ENE487: Microbiology for Environmental Engineering and Science
  • CE/ENE900: Research Strategies and Methods
  • ENE805: Contaminated Site Remediation
Syed Hashsham Syed A. Hashsham, Ph.D.

Professor
Civil and Environmental Engineering

Ph.D. (1996) Environmental Engineering and Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

(517) 355-8241
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Research Interests:

  • Microbial Ecology
  • Microfluidics
  • Genomics
  • Environmental Biotechnology
  • Point-of-Care (POC) Diagnostics

Courses taught:

  • ENE804: Biological Processes in Environmental Engineering
  • ENE806: Environmental Engineering Process Lab
  • CE495: Senior Design in Civil and Environmental  Engineering (role: faculty mentor)
Rebecca Lahr Rebecca Lahr, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Lyman Briggs College

Ph.D. (2013) Civil and Environmental Engineering
Virginia Tech

(517) 884-8460
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Research Interests:

  • Detection, monitoring, and prevention of environmental pollution
  • Development of sensors for environmental pollutants
  • Fate and transport environmental contaminants, examining processes involved in pollutant degradation

Courses taught:

  • LB171: Chemistry I
  • LB171L: Chemistry I lab
  • LB172: Chemistry II
  • LB172L: Chemistry II lab
  • LB492: Senior seminar - Potable Water Technology, Cultural Context, and Health Implications
Susan Masten Susan J. Masten, Ph.D., P.E.

Professor
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Associate Chair, Undergraduate Studies

Ph.D. (1986) Environmental Engineering
Harvard University

(517) 355-2254
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Research Interests:

  • Advanced oxidation processes
  • Hybrid ceramic membrane filtration
  • Water quality in distribution systems
  • Engineering education

Courses taught:

  • ENE480: Environmental Measurements Laboratory
  • ENE483: Water and Wastewater Engineering
  • ENE489: Air Pollution: Science and Engineering
  • ENE495: Senior Design in Civil and Environmental Engineering (role: course coordinator)
  • ENE481: Environmental Chemistry
  • ENE802: Physicochemical Processes in Environmental Engineering
Sharlissa Moore Sharlissa Moore, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Civil and Environmental Engineering
International Energy Policy, James Madison College

Ph.D. (year), Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology
Arizona State University

(517) 432‐1158
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Research Interests:

  • Solar energy siting
  • Electric vehicle transitions, battery storage
  • Generation IV nuclear power
  • Transnational power grid integration
  • Energy policy in Michigan
Volodymyr V. Tarabara Volodymyr V. Tarabara, Ph.D.

Professor
Civil and Environmental Engineering

Associate Director, Center for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (CERES)

Ph.D. (2004) Environmental Engineering
Rice University

(517) 432-1755
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Research Interests:

  • Colloidal and interfacial processes in aqueous media
  • Water treatment and reuse
  • Synthetic membranes. Membrane separation processes
  • Removal and detection of viruses
  • Virus adhesion to fomites

Courses taught:

  • CE372: Risk Analysis in Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • ENE801: Dynamics of Environmental Processes
  • ENE802: Physicochemical Processes in Environmental Engineering
Tom Voice Thomas C. Voice, Ph.D., P.E.

Professor
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Senior Associate Dean, College of Engineering

Ph.D. (1982) Environmental and Water Resources Engineering
University of Michigan

(517) 355-5133
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Research Interests:

  • Mass transfer of chemical contaminants in environmental systems
  • Interactions between pollutants and soils, sediments, and suspended solids
  • Environmental impact and remediation of terrestrial chemical spills
  • Activated carbon adsorption for water and waste treatment
  • Development of new and improved methods for chemical analysis

Courses taught:

  • ENE481: Environmental Chemistry
Irene Xagoraraki Irene Xagoraraki, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Program coordinator, Environmental Engineering

Ph.D. (2001) Environmental Engineering
University of Wisconsin-Madison

(517) 353-8539
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Research Interests:

  • Detection and fate of viruses and antibiotic resistant bacteria in environmental systems
  • Virus removal with membrane bioreactors
  • Environmental surveillance models for early detection and prediction of viral outbreaks

Courses taught:

  • ENE803: Water Quality and Public Health
  • ENE802: Physicochemical Processes in Environmental Engineering
  • ENE480: Environmental Measurements Laboratory
  • ENE280: Principles of Environmental Engineering and Science
 

Environmental Engineering courses

ENE undergraduate-level courses

ENE 280 Principles of Environmental Engineering and Science
ENE 421 Engineering Hydrology
ENE 422 Applied Hydraulics
ENE 480 Environmental Measurements Lab
ENE 481 Environmental Chemistry: Equilibrium Concepts
ENE 483 Water and Wastewater Engineering
ENE 487 Microbiology for Environmental Science Engineering
ENE 489 Air Pollution Science and Engineering

ENE graduate-level courses - core MS curriculum

ENE 801 Dynamics of Environmental Systems
ENE 802 Physicochemical Processes in Environmental Engineering
ENE 804 Biological Processes in Environmental Engineering
ENE 806 Environmental Engineering Process Laboratory

ENE graduate-level courses – electives

ENE 803 Water Quality and Public Health
ENE 805 Contaminated Site Remediation
ENE 807 Life Cycle Impact of Energy
ENE 821 Groundwater Hydraulics
ENE 822 Groundwater Modeling
ENE 827 Advanced Hydrology
ENE 828 Advanced Hydrologic Modelling
ENE 829 Mixing and Transport in Surface Waters
ENE 900 Research Strategies and Methods in Environmental Engineering and Science

Current and Recent Research Projects

PIs: Hashsham, S. A. (PI), James Tiedje (co-PI), Tim Zacharewski (co-PI)
Project title: MSU Superfund Project 4: Gut microbiome - host interactions in response to TCDD exposure
Funding source: NIEHS-Superfund Research Program
Project webpage: https://cit.msu.edu/centers/superfund/project4.html

PIs: Cupples, A. M. (PI), Hashsham, S. A. (co-PI), Stedtfeld, R (co-PI), Hatzinger, P. (co-PI)
Project title: Development of LAMP to detect Dehalococcoides and Dehalobacter spp. genes without DNA extraction
Funding source: US Dept. of Army (SERDP)

PIs: Hashsham S.A. (PI), Stevenson, J. (co-PI), Dreelin, E. (co-PI)
Project title: Environmental DNA monitoring for high risk invasive species
Funding source: EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

PIs: Upham, B. (PI), James R. Cole (co-PI), Hashsham, S, A, (co-PI)
Project title: MSU Superfund Research Translation Core
Funding source: NIEHS-Superfund Research Program
Project webpage: https://cit.msu.edu/centers/superfund/rtc.html

PIs: Zylstra (PI), Tiedje, J. (co-PI), Hashsham, S.A. (co-PI)
Project title: MSU Superfund Project 5: Molecular insight into dioxin degradation by microbes and microbial communities
Funding source: NIEHS-Superfund Research Program
Project webpage: https://cit.msu.edu/centers/superfund/project5.html

PIs: Cupples, A. M. (PI), Kravchenko, A., Chitwood, D., Guber, A.
Project title: A new perspective for plant diversity and carbon sequestration: interaction between physical micro-environments and microorganisms.
Funding source: USDA

PIs: Cupples, A. M. (PI)
Project title: Identifying the genes and pathways associated with the biodegradation of emerging contaminants in agricultural soils.
Funding source: Discretionary Funding Initiative, MSU

PIs: Cupples, A. M. (PI)
Project title: The development of anaerobic bioremediation approaches for chlorinated solvent and 1,4-dioxane co-contaminated sites
Funding source: SERDP (DoD, EPA, DoE)

PIs: Cupples, A. M. (PI), Cole. J. (co-PI)
Project title: Collaborative research: developing high throughput quantitative PCR assays for the functional genes associated with the degradation of the water contaminant, RDX.
Funding source: ITBI, MSU

PIs: Cupples, A. M. (co-PI), Strathmann, T. J. (PI)
Project title: Biological and biologically mediated abiotic transformation of contaminants of emerging concern in anaerobic soils
Funding source: USDA

PIs: Cupples, A. M. (PI), Mattes, T. (co-PI)
Project title: Collaborative research: stable isotope-based differentiation of vinyl chloride assimilators from cometabolizers in contaminated groundwater.
Funding source: NSF

PIs: Moore, S. (PI), Brathwaite, R. (co-PI)
Project title: Course development grant on the nuclear age
Funding source: Stanton Foundation

PIs: Moore, S. (PI), Brathwaite, R. (co-PI), Wigner, A. (co-PI)
Project title: Improving scientific and policy literacy through immersive energy systems
Funding source: James Madison College Faculty Development Initiative grant

PIs: Moore, S. (co-PI), Annick. A. (co-PI), Bessette, D. (PI)
Project title: Examining the impacts of and improving decision-making processes for off-shore wind development in the US Great Lakes
Funding source: ESPP AgBioResearch ITBI grant

PIs: Moore, S. (co-PI), Parmerntier, (PI)
Project title: Sustainable apple farming in Morocco
Funding source: ASU school for the future of innovation in society seed grant

PIs: Moore, S. (PI), Anctil, A. (co-PI)
Project title: Understanding Public Opinion of Energy Transitions in Michigan
Funding source: 2017 MAPPR Award

PIs: Moore, S. (co-PI), Anctil, A. (co-PI), Ghamami, M. (PI)
Project title: Societal Perception about On-Road Wireless Charging for Electric Vehicles Considering Mobility and Environmental Impacts
Funding source: 2017 Science and Society at State Award

PIs: Moore, S. (PI), Bieler, T. (co-PI), Anctil, A. (co-PI)
Project title: Linking Engineering and Science Studies to Support a Transition to Sustainable Energy (Generation IV nuclear power and solar)
Funding source: 2016 Science and Society at State Award

PIs: Xagoraraki, I. (PI)
Project title: Eager: A Wastewater-Based-Epidemiology System for Early Detection of Viral Outbreaks in Detroit, MI
Funding source: NSF

PIs: Xagoraraki, I. (PI), Kaneene, J. (co-PI), Kiwanuka, N. (co-PI)
Project title: Diversity and Abundance of Waterborne Viruses in Southwest Kampala-Uganda
Funding source: The Mastercard Foundation

PIs: Xagoraraki, I. (co-PI), Pearson, A., Voice, T., Long, D.
Project title: Waterborne Disease in a Karst Environment: A One Health Approach
Funding source: MSU Water Cube

PIs: Xagoraraki, I. (co-PI), Jaiani, E. (PI)
Project title: Phage Mediated Antibiotic Resistance Gene Transfer in Marine, Freshwater and Extreme Environments
Funding source: US Civilian Research and Development Foundation, Defense Threat Reduction Agency

PIs: Tarabara, V. V. (PI), Xagoraraki, I. (co-PI), Nguyen, H. (PI)
Project title: Collaborative Research: Virus Removal in Membrane Bioreactors: Role of Virus Aggregation and Adhesion
Funding source: NSF

PIs: Anctil, A. (PI), Houle (co-PI)
Project title: Sustainable energy transition: Beyond material analysis
Funding source: NSF

PIs: Anctil, A. (PI), Moore, S. (co-PI)
Project title: Interactive Decision Analysis Tool to Guide Life Battery Energy Storage System Options
Funding source: Ford Motor Co.

PIs: Anctil, A. (PI)
Project title: Sustainable nanomaterials: pyrolysis for large scale manufacturing of fullerenes
Funding source: MSU DFI

PIs: Anctil, A. (PI)
Project title: Second Life Potential and Environmental Benefit of EV Batteries in Photovoltaic Applications
Funding source: Ford Motor Co.

PIs: Anctil, A. (PI), Lunt (co-PI)
Project title: SUSCHEM: A Green Chemistry Approach to Organic and Transparent Photovoltaic Material Synthesis and Device Fabrication
Funding source: NSF

PIs: Anctil, A. (co-PI), Hyndman (PI), Basso (co-PI), Anex (co-PI), Winer (co-PI), Zhao (co-PI)
Project title: Developing Pathways Toward Sustainable Irrigation across the United States Using Process-based Systems Models (SIRUS)
Funding source: USDA - NIFA

PIs: Anctil, A. (co-PI), Kutay, M. E. (PI)
Project title: Field and Laboratory Evaluation of Polymer Coated Rubber (PCR) Modifier Asphalt
Funding source: MDEQ

PIs: Anctil, A. (co-PI), White (PI)
Project title: Workshop: Intersectoral Collaboration to Support Lilongwe’s Small-scale Food Sector
Funding source: MSU GenCen and CASI

PIs: Anctil, A. (co-PI), Kennedy (PI)
Project title: Life-Cycle Assessment of Li-ion Batteries: Increasing Accuracy and Decreasing Bias within Battery Environmental Impact Predictions
Funding source: Clemson TIGER

PIs: Ferguson, L. P (PI), Joan, R. B (co-PI), Bang, J. J. (co-PI), Wiesner, M. R. (co-PI), Tarabara, V. V (co-PI)
Project title: PIRE: Water and Commerce - Technologies to enable environmental sustainability in global markets (abstract)
Funding source: NSF PIRE (Partnerships for International Research and Education) program

PIs: Gunn, G. (PI), Bessette, D. (co-PI) Richardson, R. (co-PI), Rutty, M. (co-PI), Tarabara, V. (co-PI)
Project title: Line 5: Oil spill detection, remediation, and risk perceptions in winter conditions
Funding source: Michigan Applied Public Policy Research program, Institute for Public Policy and Social Research

PIs: Fingal, S. (PI), L. Fine (co-PI), R. Lahr (co-PI), A. Louie (co-PI), M. Pauly (co-PI), C. Tetreault (co-PI)
Project title: Youth at risk: Understanding controversies related to children, environment, and scientific research
Funding source: MSU’s Science Studies at State

PIs: Lahr, R.H. (PI)
Project title: Nanochromatography monitoring of urine fertilizers
Funding source: U.S. EPA