Our team

Steering committee

Dr. Carol Miller, Co-Director

Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Wayne State University. Water resources research in sustainable and green energy technologies, hydraulic modeling, and water supplies.
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Link to Hydraulics Laboratory

Dr. David Pitts, Co-Director

Associate Professor in Pharmaceutical Sciences at Wayne State University Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Research in ecotoxicology, neurotoxicology, exposure effects on brain development, and emerging contaminants in urban water supplies and wastewater.

Dr. Donna Kashian, Co-Director

Associate Professor in Biological Sciences at Wayne State University. Multidisciplinary research addressing complex environmental issues through science, policy, engineering, sociology and business.
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Link to Kashian Aquatic Ecology Lab Website

Dr. Jeffrey Ram, Co-Director

Professor in Physiology at Wayne State University School of Medicine. Research and development of new technologies for detecting invasive and pathogenic organisms in urban water resources, and investigation of invasive species physiology. Teaching at Belle Isle Aquarium includes K-12 field trips and undergraduate internships.
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Link to Ram Lab Website

Team members

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Dr. Tracie Baker
Assistant Professor, Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. HUW Grant Award Project: Investigating occurrence and effects of endocrine disruption due to environmental contaminants in Detroit water bodies.

Dr. Mark Baskaran
Professor in Geology at Wayne State University. Investigation of environmental geochemistry and problems associated with radioactive materials and nuclear waste management.
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Dr. Omer Bilhan

Visiting Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Wayne State University; Assistant Professor at Nevsehir HBV University, Turkey. Research in hydraulic design and modeling, sediment transport.
 

Dr. Robin Boyle

Professor in Urban Studies and Planning at Wayne State University. Collaborative research addressing urban vacant land, and redevelopment planning and policy, particularly with the Redevelopment Ready Communities program of the Michigan Suburbs Alliance.
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Dr. Thomas E. Dowling

Professor in Biological Sciences at Wayne State University. Research addressing management of threatened and endangered species, particularly freshwater fishes in both the Great Lakes region and American Southwest.
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Noah D. Hall, J.D.

Associate Professor of Law at Wayne State University Law School. Founder of the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center, his research addresses environmental and water law and policy, including international and Great Lakes water resource management.
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Dr. Paul E. Kilgore

Associate Professor in Pharmacy Practice at Wayne State University. Research on waterborne infectious diseases, exposure risk and public health interventions, particularly in the Great Lakes region.
 

Dr. Larry Lemke

Associate Professor in Geology and Director of the Environmental Science Program at Wayne State University. Research on modeling contaminant fate and transport, and characterizing spatial variability in natural environments.
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Dr. Rahul Mitra

Assistant Professor, Department of Communication at Wayne State University. Research focuses on the communicative implications of organizing sustainably. Topics of study include: sustainable business, corporate social responsibility, leadership, career and meaningful work, and organizing for social change.
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Dr. Zaki Malik

Assistant Professor in Computer Science at Wayne State University. Water-related research includes modeling, databases, and development of innovative and practical solutions to real world problems.
 

 

Dr. Shawn McElmurry

Associate Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Wayne State University. Multidisciplinary research addressing transport and fate of pollutants, land use effects on water quality, water treatment and delivery effectiveness and sustainability.
Website
Link to Environmental Chemistry Research Laboratory (ECRL)

Dr. Rayman Mohamed

Associate Professor in Urban Studies and Planning at Wayne State University. Interdisciplinary research investigating behavioral, economic, regulatory and environmental drivers for urban conservation, redevelopment and planning.
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Daryl M. Pierson

Sustainability Coordinator for Wayne State University. Administrator responsible for campus-wide environmental efficiency, stewardship, education and outreach.
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Dr. Caisheng Wang

Associate Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Wayne State University. Research and development of innovative technologies to solve environmental challenges related to power generation and distribution, energy storage, and renewable energy systems.
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Dr. Yang Wang

Postdoctoral Fellow in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Wayne State University. Research in power system planning, environmental protection and emission reduction.
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Dr. Judy Westrick
Director, Lumigen Instrument Center. HUW Grant Award Project: A Pilot Study to Evaluate the Viability of Real-time Source Water Early Warning System for Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC).
Link to Lumigen Instrument Center Website

Dr. Yifan Zhang

Assistant Professor in Nutrition and Food Science at Wayne State University. Research on the role of food, agriculture and environment in transmitting human pathogenic bacteria and antimicrobial resistance, particularly in relation to sustainable urban agriculture practices.
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Website

Dr. Yongli Zhang

Assistant Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering. Investigation of clean and sustainable water and energy resources, including research on bio-energy, water system management, wastewater treatment, and emerging contaminants. Web Site
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Link to Sustainable Water Environment-Energy Technologies (SWEET) Lab website

Network partners

Our work is supported by a broad network of agencies, institutes, foundations, non-profits and other organizations, some of which are listed here:

  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA)
  • Great Lakes Protection Fund (GLPF)
  • Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL)
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • United States Geological Survey (USGS)
  • Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI)
  • United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
  • United Engineering Foundation (UEF)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • United States Department of Energy (USDOE)
  • United States Department of Defense (USDOD)
  • United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  • University Research Corridor (URC)
  • Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA)
  • Macomb County Planning and Economic Development
  • Erb Family Foundation
  • Michigan Sea Grant
  • Michigan Suburbs Alliance
  • Belle Isle Conservancy
  • Huron Clinton Metropolitan Authority (HCMA)
  • Huron to Erie Alliance for Research and Training (HEART)
  • Macomb Community College (MCC)
  • University of Dayton
  • Tucker, Young, Jackson, Tull, Incorporated