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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