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New Faculty Fall 2014

headshot of Charles Werth

July 25, 2014

Professor Charles Werth will join the faculty of CAEE in August 2014 after 17 years in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received his BS degree in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University in 1988 and his M.S. (1992) and Ph.D. (1996) in environmental engineering and science from Stanford University. He also holds a Ph.D. minor in chemistry from Stanford University (1996).

His research focuses on the reactive transport and fate of pollutants in water resources, including groundwater and urban lakes, and the development of sustainable technologies for pollution removal from impacted waters. He has taught graduate or undergraduate courses in environmental pollutant fate, remediation design and management, environmental transport modeling, sustainable urban engineering, and drinking water treatment processes.

Werth says “I am honored to join CAEE, and to hold the Bettie Margaret Smith Chair in Environmental Health Engineering. I am eager to start, and very excited by the many new collaborative research opportunities with outstanding faculty members in CAEE. I look forward to having an active and collaborative research program in environmental and water resources engineering, and to help address some of the unique water challenges in Texas and the Southwest, including water scarcity, water reuse, and the impact of energy on water quantity and quality.”

Coming Soon in Spring 2015. . .

Assistant Professor Christian Claudel
Transportation Engineering

Christian Claudel will join the faculty in January 2015. He received his PhD at UC Berkeley and has served as an assistant professor at King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST) for the past four years. His research interests focus on solutions to traffic flow models and optimization-based traffic state estimation and control. He will add new dimensions to our transportation engineering program with his expertise in wireless technologies and the use of unmanned aerial vehicles for real-time traffic flow sensing.

Assistant Professor Joshua Apte
Environmental and Water Resources Engineering

Josh Apte will join the CAEE faculty in January 2015 from University of California, Berkeley, where he received his PhD and worked with the Energy and Resources Group. His research interests include sustainability in the built environment, methods for air pollution exposure assessment, atmospheric aerosols, and environmental issues in low income countries (air pollution and climate change mitigation). He received a Fulbright-Nehru fellowship to the Indian Institute of Technology to characterize in-vehicle exposure to particulate matter.