People

Principle Investigator

Julie Zimmerman

Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs;
Professor in School of Engineering and Applied Science;
Professor in School of Forestry and Environmental Studies;
Deputy Director of the Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering

julie.zimmerman@yale.edu


PhD Students

Mark Falinski

PhD Candidate Environmental Engineering 
mark.falinski@yale.edu
Research Area: Safe and functional selection and design of functionalized carbon nanomaterials 


Camrynn “Cammie” Fausey

PhD Candidate Environmental Engineering;
NSF Graduate Research Fellow
camrynn.fausey@yale.edu
Research Area: Design of nano-enabled electrospun fibers for water decontamination


Lauren Pincus 

PhD Candidate School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
lauren.pincus@yale.edu
Research Area: Design of sustainable, multifunctional, and selective adsorbents for removal of inorganic contaminants from water

 


Mary Kate Mitchell Lane

PhD Candidate Environmental Engineering
NSF Graduate Research Fellow
marykate.mitchell@yale.edu
Research Area: Utilizing supercritical fluids as green solvents for size and shape control of nanoparticles


Holly Rudel

PhD Student Environmental Engineering
holly.rudel@yale.edu
Research Area: Metal oxide nanoparticles for use as selective adsorbents in water treatment
 


Yan Du

PhD Student Environmental Engineering
yan.du@yale.edu
Research Areas: Computational modeling; POPs in wastewater; life-cycle assessments


Andreas Backhaus

PhD Student Environmental Engineering
andreas.backhaus@yale.edu
Research Areas: Biomass valorization using supercritical fluids; nanoparticle shape control in supercritical fluid synthesis; environmental-economic data analysis and modeling


Tong Wang

PhD Candidate Environmental Engineering
tong.wang.tw493@yale.edu
Research Area: Modelling large-scale copper recycling to support transition to sustainable economy
 


Undergraduate Students

Christelle Umubyeyi 

BS Environmental Engineering, 2020
christelle.umubyeyi@yale.edu
Research Area: Mercury decontamination of water; water access in developing communities


Orven Mallari

BS Environmental Engineering, 2021
orven.mallari@yale.edu
Research Area: Toxicity mechanism of nanoparticles based on size and shape
 


Isabel Gonzalez 

BS Environmental Engineering, 2020
isabel.gonzalez@yale.edu
Research Area: Sustainable and selective water treatment technologies to remove harmful inorganics from water


Melissa Ahrens-Viquez 

BS Environmental Engineering, 2022
melissa.ahrens-viquez@yale.edu
Research Area: Characterization of nanoparticles synthesized with supercritical fluids 

 



Visiting Students

Mengmeng Wang

PhD Candidate Environmental Engineering
School of Environment, Tsinghua University

mengmeng.wang@yale.edu
Research Area: Mechanochemical Technology for valuable metals recovery from spent Lithium-ion Batteries.


Research Staff

Hanno Erythropel

Research Scientist
hanno.erythropel@yale.edu
Research Areas: 

  • The role of sweeteners and flavorants in e-cigarette safety

  • Biodegradable materials

  • Utilizing renewable biomass to generate valuable chemical products


Alumni 

Qingshi Tu

Postdoctoral Associate, 2018
Qingshi.tu@ubc.ca
Currently: Assistant Professor at Department of Wood Science at University of British Columbia

 


Evelyn “Sale” Rhodes

MSc Environmental Science, 2017-2019
esrhodes8@gmail.com

Currently: Research and Program Associate at The Aquaya Institute
 


Amanda Lounsbury

PhD Environmental Engineering, 2017
Postdoctoral Associate, 2019

amandalo@tauex.tau.ac.il
Currently: Post-doctoral researcher at Tel-Aviv University
 


Tamara deWinter

Postdoctoral Associate, 2019
dewinter.tam@gmail.com

 


Jamila Saifee Yamani

PhD Environmental Enginering, 2010-2015
Currently: Climate Impact Capital

 


Thomas Kwan

PhD Environmental Engineering, 2018
Currently: Sustainability and Green Engineering– Unilever

 


Ranran Wang

PhD Environmental Engineering, 2011-2016
Currently: Assistant Professor of Water Enginering & Management– University of Twente

 


Lindsay Soh

PhD Environmental Engineering, 2007-2013
Currently: Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering– Lafayette College

 


Weiwei Mo

Postdoctoral Associate, 2012-2014
Currently: Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering– University of New Hampshire

 


Leanne Gilbertson

Postdoctoral Associate, 2014-2015
Currently: Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering– University of Pittsburgh

 


Chun-Chi Chen

Research Scientist, 2012-2014
Currently: Green Energy and Environment Research Laboratories, Industrial Technology Research Institute

 



Matthew Eckelman

Postdoctoral Associate, 2010-2011
Currently: Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering– Northeastern University

 


Fuzhan Nasiri

Postdoctoral Associate, 2009-2010
Research Scientist, 2010-2011

Currently: Associate Professor of Building, Civil, and Environmental Engineering– Concordia University
 


George Gachumi

Postdoctoral Associate, 2016
Currently: Postdoctoral Associate– University of Saskatchewan

 


Jonathan Mellor

Postdoctoral Associate, 2013-2014
Currently: Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering– University of Connecticut 

 


Kira Matus

Senior Policy Analyst, 2010
Currently: Associate Head and Associate Professor Division of Public Policy; Associate Professsor Division of Environment and Sustainability; Associate Professor Division of Social Science– The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
 



Laura Brentner

Postdoctoral Associate, 2009-2011
Currently: Lecturer at the Insitute of Environmental Sustainability– Loyola University of Chicago
 



Sarah Miller

PhD Environmental Engineering, 2006-2011
Associate Dean for Access, Inclusion, and Student Programs– University of Colorado at Boulder

 



Troy Savage

Yale Divinity School and Forestry and Environmental Studies, 2013
Currently: Associate Project Manager– Mazzetti

 


Valerie Fuchs

Postdoctoral Associate, 2010-2011
Currently: Senior Water Resources Engineer– Brown and Caldwell

 


Patrick Foley

PhD Environmental Engineering, 2008-2011
Currently: Chief Scientific Officer– P2 Science