The State of Water Challenges on the US-Mexico Border (Live Webinar)
Includes a Live Event on 07/29/2021 at 12:00 PM (PDT)
As demands on freshwater escalate, there are mounting pressures on natural systems and increasing needs to find sustainable solutions to address global water and sanitation challenges at the US-Mexico Border. The Water Innovation and Reuse Lab (WIRLab) at San Diego State University trains and mentors undergraduate and graduate students from diverse groups to take on environmental challenges in water scarce environments by conducting research on sustainable water and sanitation technologies and biogeochemical processes in natural and engineered systems.
Current projects investigate the transformation and persistence of emerging chemicals in anaerobic and aerobic decentralized water reuse systems, sources of anthropogenic contaminants in urban rivers, water quality response to stream restoration, the fate of microplastics in the environment, and rapid fluorescence-based tracking of organic contaminants in source waters, streams, and groundwater.
WIRLab is led by Dr. Natalie Mladenov, Associate Professor and William E. Leonhard Jr. Chair in the Department of Civil, Construction, & Environmental Engineering at SDSU. Hear from this San Diego-based expert on research related to decentralized water reuse for urban greening and the Tijuana River sewage monitoring study.
SYP Committee Member
Dr. Natalie Mladenov
Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering
San Diego State University
Dr. Natalie Mladenov is an associate professor of environmental engineering at San Diego State University. She teaches courses on engineering design for environmental problems, sustainable water and sanitation systems, and biological, physical, and chemical process for water pollution control and water reuse. Her research seeks to understand processes that affect the mobilization of pollutants in the environment and the fate of chemicals of emerging concern in wastewater treatment and water reuse systems. Through collaborative efforts, her team has evaluated the drivers of anthropogenic contamination in the San Diego River, tested water quality sensors for tracking of sewage contamination and source water control, and studied controls on the mobilization of arsenic in deltaic groundwater. Dr. Mladenov is also passionate about promoting internationalization in engineering, exposing undergraduate students to careers in academia, and promoting decentralized wastewater treatment systems for water reuse.
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