Research Group

CARYSSA JOUSTRA
Caryssa Joustra is a Ph.D. candidate and LEED AP BD+C studying building water cycle resilience. She obtained a B.S. in Civil Engineering and M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of South Florida. Her research interests include green building and sustainability, building water cycle management, measurement and evaluation of water resilience, and systems dynamic modeling.

E-mail: cjoustra@mail.usf.edu

PACIA DIAZ
Pacia Diaz (EI, LEED AP BD+C, ARCSA AP) is pursuing a doctoral degree in Environmental Engineering.  Her research centers around water infrastructure resilience with a focus on coastal communities,  She has conducted research in the coastal communities of Dunedin, FL and Alicante, Spain.  Her work also includes research in alternative urban water sources such as rainwater harvesting and air conditioning condensate recovery. Ms. Diaz received her BS and Master’s degrees in Civil Engineering from USF, has obtained her Engineering Intern certificate, and is an Accredited Professional for LEED and ARCSA.  Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation (Grant Number 0965743 & 1243510), the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and USF’s Signature Research Doctoral Fellowship.

E-mail: phernan2@mail.usf.edu

IVY DREXLER
Ivy earned her B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of San Francisco and her M.S. in Engineering Science from the University of South Florida. Currently working on her Ph.D. at the University of South Florida, she is studying the cultivation of algae in wastewater using a passive membrane design. Her research interests lie in biological wastewater treatment, resource recovery (particularly in conjunction with sanitation), and algal biofuels. Ivy has worked in both the public and private sector of the wastewater industry and has studied in South and Central America, Australia, and Europe. Passionate about public outreach and STEM instruction, Ivy plans to dedicate her career to education.

E-mail: icormier@mail.usf.edu

ROBERT BAIR
Robert Bair is a doctoral student in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.  Mr. Bair’s research focuses on anaerobic membrane bioreactors for domestic wastewater treatment in urban areas of developing countries.  As a USF Graduate School Challenge Grant recipient, he has experience with the design and construction of small-scale anaerobic digesters for food waste treatment. He has also served as a NSF Students, Teachers, and Resources in the Sciences (STARS) fellow.

E-mail: rbair@mail.usf.edu

ONUR OZCAN
Onur Ozcan received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Environmental Engineering from Istanbul Technical University, Turkey. Onur’s doctoral research at the University of South Florida is focused on the integration and process intensification of high rate anaerobic membrane bioreactors and algae membrane photobioreactors for decentralized wastewater treatment and reuse. Currently he is employed as a graduate researcher within U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Center for Reinventing Aging Infrastructure for Nutrient Management (RAINmgt).

E-mail: onur@mail.usf.edu

JORGE CALABRIA
Jorge is a graduate research assistant pursuing his Master of Science in Environmental Engineering at the University of South Florida.  Jorge's research focuses on the recovery of resources from wastewater to achieve sustainability in the water-energy-food nexus.  Jorge is interested in developing systems that integrate resource recovery with energy and food production to be implemented in high density urban areas. Through his work, Jorge hopes to strengthen communities via the development of urban farming practices fueled by sustainable resource recovery technologies.  Jorge received his Bachelors of Science Degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of South Florida.  Jorge is also the founder and president of The Rock Climbing Club at USF.

E-mail: jlcalabr@mail.usf.edu

GEORGE DICK
George Dick is a graduate student in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of South Florida. As a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering, George focuses his academic interest in water/wastewater treatment as well as sustainable design. His research focuses on the water/energy nexus with interest in anaerobic membrane bioreactors and membrane filtration. George received his Bachelors of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of South Florida. While a student at the University of South Florida, George has served as president of the student chapter of the Florida Water Environment Association.

E-mail: georgedick@mail.usf.edu

MELANIE PICKETT
Melanie is a graduate student in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of South Florida. As a Doctoral student her academic interests include the environmental engineering challenges involved in the better management of water treatment and use. Currently, she is examining the feasibility of integrating algae membrane pods at a local wastewater treatment plant in order to lower the nutrient removal burden on the plant while subsequently providing a source of biofuel. Melanie grew up in Massachusetts, USA and escaped the cold to pursue her B.S. in both environmental and civil engineering from Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, FL, USA. She plans to attend a research experience abroad at Exeter University in Exeter, UK for the summer of 2013. There she will research the symbiotic relationship between algae and bacteria. Outside of academics her interests include traveling, kayaking, and going on adventures.

E-mail: mtpickett@mail.usf.edu

 

Former Students (Hall of Fame)

RUSSELL FERLITA

E-mail: rferlita@mail.usf.edu

ANA LUCIA PRIETO

E-mail: alprieto@mail.usf.edu

ANH DO

E-mail: atdo@mail.usf.edu

ANA GARCIA

E-mail: amgarci7@mail.usf.edu

ERIN MORRISON

E-mail: ermorris@mail.usf.edu

PETR DOLEJS

E-mail: dolejsp@vscht.cz