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Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty

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    Justin R. Barone , bio

    Professor: Biopolymers and polymer processing

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    Feras Batarseh , bio

    Associate Professor: Artificial Intelligence Assurance, Intelligent Water Systems, Cyberbiosecurity, Context and Causality, AI for Agricultural Policy

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    Natasha Bell, P.E. , bio

    Assistant Professor Research Area-Ecological Engineering

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    Brian Benham , bio

    Professor and Extension Specialist: Watershed management, nonpoint source pollution assessment and control, household drinking water quality

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    Abhilash Chandel , bio

    Assistant Professor: Precision Agriculture

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    Jonathan Czuba, P.E. , bio

    Assistant Professor: River and floodplain processes and restoration; sediment transport; ecohydraulics and ecomorphodynamics

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    Anna Duraj-Thatte , bio

    Assistant Professor: Engineered Living Materials, Synthetic Biology, Biomaterials, Therapeutics

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    Zachary Easton , bio

    Professor and Extension Specialist: Hydrology and water quality, best management practices, modeling

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    Dwayne Edwards, P.E. , bio

    Department Head and Professor: Surface hydrology and water quality, climate change, statistical analysis, modeling

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    Yiming Feng , bio

    Assistant Professor and Extensions Specialist: Food processing engineering

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    W. Cully Hession, P.E. , bio

    Professor and Graduate Program Director: Ecological engineering, influence of human activities on streams, stream channel & floodplain interactions, techniques for measuring and improving in-stream habitat, and development of technologies and strategies for successful stream restoration

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    Leigh-Anne Krometis , bio

    Associate Professor and Turner Faculty Fellow: Public health; waterborne disease; stormwater management

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    Jactone Ogejo, P.E. , bio

    Associate Professor and Extension Specialist: Animal manure and other organic bioresidues management and utilization; characterization and mitigation of aerial pollutants from sources in animal feeding operations

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    David Sample, P.E. , bio

    Professor and Extension Specialist: Urban stormwater management, watershed modeling, and design of best management practices

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    Durelle Scott , bio

    Professor and Assistant Department Head for Undergraduate Studies: Material fate and transport through streams and wetlands

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    Ryan Senger , bio

    Associate Professor: Metabolic engineering, systems biology, synthetic biology

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    Julie Shortridge , bio

    Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist: Water resources engineering and management; Climate change impacts and adaptation; Risk and decision analysis in water systems

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    Venkat Sridhar, P.E. , bio

    Associate Professor: River basin modeling, climate impacts on hydrology and water resources, water and energy budgets, land-atmosphere interaction

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    Wujin Sun , bio

    Assistant Professor: Cell and biomaterial engineering, drug delivery systems, tissue engineering, precision medicine

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    Tess Wynn Thompson , bio

    Associate Professor: Ecological engineering; stream and wetlands restoration; urban stormwater management

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    Zhiwu (Drew) Wang, P.E. , bio

    Assistant Professor: Bioenergy/bioproduct; water/wastewater treatment; nutrient removal/recovery; upscaled bioprocessing

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    Clay Wright , bio

    Assistant Professor: Plant Synthetic Biology

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    Chenming (Mike) Zhang , bio

    Professor and Turner Faculty Fellow: Nanovaccines, Protein Expression, Protein Purification, Vaccine development, Nanotechnology, Biotechnology

Affiliate Faculty

Assigned to different Virginia Tech units, Affiliate Faculty partner regularly in graduate student recruiting and advising, research, and other areas of mutual interest.

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    Azahar Ali , bio

    Assistant Professor: Biosensor engineering

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    Haibo Huang , bio

    Associate Professor: Food Processing, Fermentation Engineering, Process Simulation, and Economic Analysis

Professional Faculty

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    Priscilla Beth Baker , bio

    Undergraduate Academic and Career Advisor: Course selection and degree focus, internships, co-ops, study abroad, career opportunities, and university support services

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    Chris Coltman , bio

    HABB1 Building Manager: Responsibilities include granting access to building services and utilities in HABB1

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    Daniel Fuka , bio

    Postdoctoral Associate: Geoscience interfacing, watershed sciences

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    John Ignosh , bio

    Advanced Specialist, Agricultural Byproduct Utilization: Agricultural byproduct utilization, renewable energy, energy efficiency, nutrient management, Extension programming, project analysis, and international development

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    Laura Lehmann , bio

    Environmental/Agricultural Research Manager: Instrumentation applications for water quality and environmental monitoring, communications for remote field monitoring, UAV operations for environmental research

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    Erin Ling , bio

    Water Quality Extension Associate: Private water supply testing and outreach, community watershed management, development of water quality education and outreach materials, social marketing and behavior change, program management

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    Asa Spiller , bio

    Project Associate: water quality; data management; laboratory analysis; freshwater ecology

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    Penghui Zhao , bio

    Postdoctoral Associate: Drug delivery, nanotechnology and biomaterials

Emerita and Emeritus Faculty

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    John Cundiff , bio

    Professor Emeritus: Alternative energy/alternative crops, systems simulation

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    Theo Dillaha , bio

    Professor Emeritus: Nonpoint source pollution control and modeling; watershed and water resources management, sustainable agriculture, international development

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    Robert (Bobby) Grisso, P.E. , bio

    Professor Emeritus: Biomass logistics, machinery systems, machinery management, precision farming, and farm safety

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    Gene Haugh , bio

    Professor Emeritus: Physical properties of biological materials with emphasis on use of ultrasonics

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    Conrad Heatwole , bio

    Associate Professor Emeritus: Watershed modeling and geospatial analysis of land use impacts on hydrology, water quality and ecosystem function

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    Saied Mostaghimi , bio

    H.E. and Elizabeth F. Alphin Professor and CALS Associate Dean for Research: Nonpoint source pollution control; watershed management; Impacts of management practices

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    John Perumpral , bio

    W. S. Cross Professor and Head Emeritus: Machine systems for sustainable production and processing of biological materials

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    Frank Woeste , bio

    Professor Emeritus and Sustainable Biomaterials Adjunct Professor: Wood engineering, wood truss bracing, deck and balcony safety and design, lumber and timber strength, structural design

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    Mary Leigh Wolfe , bio

    Professor Emerita: Nonpoint source pollution control and modeling; decision support for watershed management