Environmental Engineering

Core Faculty Members (in CEE department)

Abboud, Nelly M.
Agrios, Alexander
Anagnostou, Emmanouil
Astitha, Marina
Bagtzoglou, Amvrossios
Chrysochoou, Maria
Clarkson, William W.
Kirchhoff, Christine J.
Li, Baikun
Lanbo, Liu
Mellor, Jonathan
Vadas, Timothy
Wang, Guiling
Wanik, David

Affiliated Faculty Members (with home Department)

Boyer, Mark  Polisci
Bronin, Sara  Law
Cui, Jun-Hong  CSE
McCutcheon, Jeffrey  CMBE
Parnas, Richard  CMBE
Shor, Leslie  CMBE
Srivastava, Ranjan  CMBE
Zhou, Shengli  ECE

Associated Faculty Members (with home Department)

Anyah, Richard NRE
Atkinson-Palombo, Carol GEOG
Day-Lewis, Frederick GSCI
Lane, John GSCI
Noll, Kenneth M. MCB
Robbins, Gary NRE
Segerson, Kathleen ECON
Seth, Anji GEOG
Warner, Glenn S. IWR
Willig, Michael R. CESE
Yang, Xiusheng NRE


The water resources and environmental engineering group performs multidisciplinary research in the areas of surface and groundwater hydrology, land-atmosphere interactions, hydrometeorology, contaminant transport and remediation in aquatic and soil environments, watershed biogeochemistry, solar and microbial fuel cell energy production. The faculty interacts with a broader group of faculty members that are affiliated with the Environmental Engineering Program and also works closely with the Center for Environmental Science and Engineering.

Prof. Agrios’s research interests are:


  • Dye-sensitized solar cells
  • Environmental Photocatalysis
  • Nanoscale semiconductors
  • Interfacial charge transfer

Prof. Agrios and student Venkata Manthina assemble a pressure vessel for synthesis of TiO2 nanoparticles.


Prof. Anagnostou’s research interests are

  • Hydrologic Remote Sensing
  • Estimation
  • Mathematical Assimilation
  • Data assimilation in hydrologic problems


Prof. Bagtzoglou’s research interests are:

  • Hydrology and Water Resources
  • Hydrologic Numerical Modeling
  • Geoenvironmental Engineering

Dr. Batzoglou performing some interesting in situ testing


Numerical simulation of currents in the lower Hudson River around
Manhattan as a result of tidal signals

Prof. Li’s research interests are:baikun_res

  • Biological hydrogen production
  • Molecular-scale analysis of bioadhesion
  • Environmental sensors
  • Odor and microorganisms in biosolid treatment
Prof. Vadas’s research interests are:

  • Metal biogeochemistry
  • Bio-Based Remediation
  • Meta-organic carbon interactions
  • Carbon and energy modeling
  • Stormwater treatment and management


Examining changing environmental conditions on bioretention cell treatment efficiency


Pore water and sediment core sampling at the UConn Dairy Barn treatment wetland


Prof. Wang’s research interests are:


  • Ecohydrology
  • Land-atmospheric interactions
  • Climate change and system modeling
  • Ecosystem dynamics

Interactions between climate and the terrestrial ecosystem (both natural and managed) in West Africa at decadal and longer time scales. Picture shows a yam crop field in Nigeria with natural vegetation in the background.


Hydraulics Lab

111_1119The Hydraulics Laboratory is located in room 114 of the F.L. Castleman building. The lab facilities are complete with a 4.5 m long hydraulics flume used in conjunction with a 12,000 gallon water storage tank, flow weir, Venturi apparatus, and an acoustic Doppler velocity sensor (ADV) and a rotometer. The hydraulics flume may be used for stream channel flow or engineered channels studies, as well as investigating flow through a simulated piping network.

Research Sponsors

The Water Resources and Environmental Engineering group conducts research with the support of various federal agencies, including the National Science Foundation, NASA, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the (NOAA) and the Environmental Protection Agency. The faculty also works closely together with the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection and local authorities to address the environmental challenges facing the state. Finally, the faculty pursues close collaborations with industrial partners for technology development, such as the collaboration of Dr. Li with Fuss O’ Neil in the field of microbial fuel cells.

Environmental Engineering Lab

The faculty members share a common space in Castleman 215 that houses major equipment, such as HPLC, GC/MS, AA/GF, IC, UV/VIS spectrophotometer, fluorescent microscope and others. Additionally, each faculty member has a variety of equipment in their own research space, such as ICP/MS, XRF, TOC analyzer and many others.