April Gu, associate professor, department of civil and environmental engineering

April GuDue to industry contamination, urban waterways are among the most polluted in the world. Gu is interested in novel and sustainable bio-remediation techniques that take advantage of genomic and molecular biotechnology solutions for water quality monitoring and purification.

 

Carolyn Lee-Parsons, associate professor, department of chemical engineering and chemical biology

Carolyn Lee-ParsonsIt’s no question that alternative fuels are clearly important to urban sustainability. But most, including biodiesel, pose economic viability challenges. Lee- Parsons intends to change that by investigating naturally occurring oil-producing microalgae using bioanalytical techniques and genetic engineering.

 

Peter Furth, professor, department of civil and environmental engineering

Peter FurthTraffic congestion is a major contributor to urban pollution. “Unless we can offer people high-quality alternatives, people will continue to drive,” says Furth, whose research focuses on developing better bikeway systems and more efficient public transit.

 

Ferdi Hellweger, associate professor, department of civil and environmental engineering

Ferdi HellwegerAfter decades of environmental rehabilitation, the Charles River is now swimmable in Boston seven out of 10 days, but which seven remains a mystery. Hellweger is developing environmental modeling tools that would allow us to predict the state of urban water systems around the globe the same way we forecast the weather.

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