An aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen conduct an overflight of Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Fiona.

Puerto Rico’s precarious relationship between power and water

Oct. 3, 2022

Hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans are still without electricity nearly two weeks after Hurricane Fiona hit the island on Sept. 18, initially knocking out power for almost all 3.3 million U.S. citizens. The island's aging power infrastructure had not fully recovered since Hurricane Maria five years ago, leaving residents...

Shelly Miller

Miller honored with Distinguished Research Lectureship

Sept. 19, 2022

Shelly L. Miller is a professor of Mechanical Engineering and faculty in the Environmental Engineering Program. Miller received her master’s degree and doctorate in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics from Harvey Mudd College. Professor Miller investigates...

Emily Bedell

Testing for E. coli in real time

Sept. 13, 2022

A new water quality sensor developed by engineers at CU Boulder can quickly, cheaply and accurately monitor for the presence of E. coli bacteria in water supplies, an issue that may affect more people in the U.S. and around the world in the future. Emily Bedell (PhDEnvEngr’22) is lead author...

Emily Bedell on a streambed.

CU Boulder researchers develop highly accurate sensor for E. coli risk detection

Aug. 12, 2022

Researchers at CU Boulder have developed and validated a new sensor for E. coli risk detection that features an impressive 83% accuracy rate when detecting contamination in surface waters. The findings were recently published in Water Research and could improve detection of a variety of contaminants quickly and effectively in...

Sydney Litchfield

Becoming an environmental engineer to improve water quality in developing countries

Aug. 1, 2022

Name: Sydney Litchfield Hometown: Chattanooga, TN Major: Environmental Engineering Year: Senior I grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee and did not start taking interest in engineering until I was in college. An inspiration behind becoming an engineer was watching my city go from one of the dirtiest places in the country...

Sensors mounted on a rod.

PhD candidate using satellites and machine learning to combat drought in Africa

July 28, 2022

Katie Fankhauser, a PhD candidate in environmental engineering, is the lead author of a paper in Science of The Total Environment that identifies impacts of high groundwater use in response to drought in the Horn of Africa through satellite data, remote-sensors and machine learning analysis tools. We asked her about...

Kian Lopez

Environmental Engineering PhD student earns major NASA fellowship

July 26, 2022

Kian Lopez is being recognized with a presitigious 2022 NASA Space Technology Graduate Research Opportunities (NSTGRO) fellowship. The annual program sponsors U.S. citizen and permanent resident graduate students who show significant potential to contribute to NASA’s goal of creating innovative new space technologies for our nation’s science, exploration and economic...

Burn scorched trees in the mountains

After a Wildfire, What Happens to Water?

July 11, 2022

When Western wildfires break out, water may first come to mind as a critical resource for helping extinguish it. But what about after the flames finish? A 2022 CU study on the growing impact of wildfire on the Western U.S. water supply found that large forest fires can significantly increase...

Pouring water into a glass.

EPA awards $25,000 to CU Boulder to develop drinking water risk assessment tool

June 28, 2022

CU Boulder one of 16 student teams nationwide to be awarded funding to develop innovative solutions to environmental challenges The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is awarding $25,000 to a University of Colorado Boulder student team to develop a drinking water risk assessment tool as part of the Agency’s People, Prosperity,...

AWWA Scholarship recipients

Three grad students earn AWWA Scholarships

June 28, 2022

Three EVEN graduate students were recently awarded scholarships through the AWWA Scholarship program for their hard work and perseverance...

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