Can We Coordinate Water Sources to Recover More Water Sustainably?

Can We Coordinate Water Sources to Recover More Water Sustainably?

USC research show how blending water in desalination and wastewater reclamation facilities can increase potable water supply while minimizing environmental impact

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Burcin Becerik-Gerber Elected to National Academy of Construction

Burcin Becerik-Gerber Elected to National Academy of Construction

The Dean’s Professor and Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Chair was honored for her innovation and leadership in advancing user-centered built environments

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How Do You Clean Salty Water Better? By Keeping Desalination Tools Dry.

How Do You Clean Salty Water Better? By Keeping Desalination Tools Dry.

USC researchers deepen understanding of membrane design to allow for desalination of high salinity streams using green or lower energy investment

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How Do You Clean Salty Water Better? By Keeping Desalination Tools Dry.

How Do You Clean Salty Water Better? By Keeping Desalination Tools Dry.

USC researchers deepen understanding of membrane design to allow for desalination of high salinity streams using green or lower energy investment

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How Do You Clean Salty Water Better? By Keeping Desalination Tools Dry.

How Do You Clean Salty Water Better? By Keeping Desalination Tools Dry.

USC researchers deepen understanding of membrane design to allow for desalination of high salinity streams using green or lower energy investment

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Watch the Viterbi Civil & Environmental Engineering Faculty Roundtable

Watch the Viterbi Civil & Environmental Engineering Faculty Roundtable

Watch the Viterbi Civil & Environmental Engineering Faculty Roundtable

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What Do Civil & Environmental Engineers Do?

Our standard of living depends on our civil infrastructure, a sophisticated system of buildings, bridges, dams, airports, transportation networks, water and power distribution systems, and environmental protection systems.

Civil and environmental engineers are responsible for designing, maintaining and enhancing our civil infrastructure. They help to sustain the living standards and quality of life of the population. Civil engineers are also master builders. They create structures that stand as timeless symbols of our civilization. Environmental engineers identify and design solutions for problems involving the environment. To do so, they have to be broadly educated and technically trained to address a wide spectrum of issues.

Civil & Environmental Engineering @SC

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Lily Shi

Lily Shi, a doctoral candidate in the USC Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is using the tools of environmental organic chemistry to conduct research devoted to mitigating human health risks caused by emerging contaminants in drinking water.

“My early Ph.D. research focused on understanding the formation pathway of halonitromethanes, a class of extremely potent carcinogen, which are often detected in reuse water and drinking water,” Shi says. “Subsequently, I studied the nitromethane removal mechanism during the wastewater recycling process. My future research will be devoted to uncovering the toxic drivers in wastewater reuse and developing new ways to treat water safely.”

Shi is a recipient of the Teh Fu “Dave” Yen Fellowship in Environmental Engineering and a USC TA/RA fellowship. Prior to coming to USC, she earned a master’s degree in environmental engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and a bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering and science from Tongji
University in Shanghai, China.

Research Areas


Sustainable Development

Sustainability in the context of civil engineering targets long-term viability of natural resources and engineered civil systems.

Water Quality, Access, and Distribution

Providing an adequate supply of potable water, considering population growth and climate variability.

Disasters and Extreme Events

All aspects of an event, from a fundamental understanding of the physical processes controlling its evolution to the resulting environmental and social reaction.

Coupling of Complex Systems

Efforts aim to integrate research across the Sonny Astani Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, as well with all outside disciplines that interact with civil systems.

Events

Dec02Thu

Astani Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar

Thu, Dec 02, 2021
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: MCB 101
Speaker: Kofi Christie, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Princeton University Talk Title: Sustainable membrane-based carbon mineralization Abstract: Please see attached abstract and bio. Host: Dr. Amy Childress Webcast:...

Dec15Wed

CE Ph.D. Dissertation

Wed, Dec 15, 2021
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Location: Zoom Meeting
Speaker: Xiaoshu Zeng, CE Ph.D. Candidate, Viterbi School- Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Talk Title: Efficient Inverse Analysis with Dynamic and Stochastic Reductions for Large-Scale Models of Multi-Component...

Announcements

CEE Transportation Engineering Students Win WTS Scholarships

WTS International focuses on the advancement of women in the transportation industry. This year, multiple students from USC were awarded scholarships by the WTS Los Angeles chapter including the following students from the Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering: • Jessica Brown, who is pursuing a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering—building sciences, was awarded the $8,000 … Read More

Student, Mayra Rodriguez, receives NAC Academic Scholarship

Congratulations to Mayra Rodriguez, who was awarded an academic scholarship by The National Academy of Construction. Mayra is currently pursuing her degree in engineering and architectural design and is aiming to be a licensed professional engineer in the construction management field. Published on July 27th, 2021Last updated on August 3rd, 2021

Professor George Ban-Weiss and Ph.D. Jiachen Zhang’s Work on Cool Walls Used as Basis for National Scale Building Pilot

On top of global climate change, the urban heat island effect increases city temperatures and poses a great challenge for city dwellers, causing heat stroke and heat stress and increasing electricity consumption of air conditioning in summer, said Jiachen Zhang, USC Viterbi Ph.D. and co-author of a paper on cool walls published in Environmental Science and Technology. This paper, showcasing … Read More

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Can We Coordinate Water Sources to Recover More Water Sustainably?

Can We Coordinate Water Sources to Recover More Water Sustainably?

USC research show how blending water in desalination and wastewater reclamation facilities can increase potable water supply while minimizing environmental impact

Read More

Burcin Becerik-Gerber Elected to National Academy of Construction

Burcin Becerik-Gerber Elected to National Academy of Construction

The Dean’s Professor and Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Chair was honored for her innovation and leadership in advancing user-centered built environments

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Published on January 25th, 2017

Last updated on August 3rd, 2021