Water Center Faculty

Water Center Core Faculty

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Dennis George, P.E., Director of the Center for the Management, Utilization and Protection of Water Resources; Interim Director of the School of Environmental Studies; Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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(931) 372-3609
Prescott Hall (PRSC) 233

Expertise in natural and engineered systems for control of contaminants in the environment

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Sharon Berk, Professor
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(931) 372-3451
Prescott Hall (PRSC) 435

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Tania Datta, Assistant Professor
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(931) 372-3446
Prescott Hall (PRSC) 333Resume/CV

Dr. Datta is a newly appointed faculty member in the Center for Management, Utilization & Protection of Water Resources and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Her research interests include:

  • Biological Wastewater Treatment Design
  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Bioenergy Production through Anaerobic Processes
  • Resource Recovery from Organic Waste Streams
  • Role of Microorganisms in Natural Aquatic Ecosystems
  • Developing Low-Cost Technologies for Water and Sanitation in Developing Countries

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Gordon Stearman, Professor
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(931) 372-3528
Prescott Hall (PRSC) 340

Expertise in organic farm compost and irrigation treatments in vegetable plots; developing innovative extraction and analytical methods; studying fate and transport of anthropogenic chemicals in soil; developing constructed wetland systems for cleanup of water runoff in nurseries; developing best management systems for control of urban nonpoint source pollutants.

 

Tennessee Cooperative Fishery Research Unit Faculty Working with the Center

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Phil W. Bettoli, Professor and Assistant Unit Leader
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931/372-3086
Pennebaker Hall 205

Research Interests:  assessing fish stocking programs, biotic integrity and conservation of imperiled fish species in regulated rivers, catch-and-release mortality, dynamics of exploited fish populations, status and conservation of commercially exploited paddlefish and sturgeon

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James B. Layzer, Professor and Unit Leader
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931/372-3032
Pennebaker Hall 205

Research Interests:  effects of stream regulation on aquatic biota, ecology and conservation of freshwater mussels, restoring and maintaining aquatic biodiversity, ecology of stream fishes

Water Center Faculty

 

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Michael Allen
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(931) 372-3594
Bruner Hall (BRUN) 312

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Melinda Anderson, Director
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(931) 372-3157
Foundation Hall (FNDH formerly Prescott Middle School) 100

 Director, School of Human Ecology and Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) Director

Associate Professor, Food, Nutrition and Dietetics. Ph.D., TTU, 2005. Registered Dietitian and Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist in Tennessee.

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Pedro Arce, University Distinguished Faculty Fellow-Professor & Chair
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(931) 372-3189
Prescott Hall (PRSC) 214 Webpage

Electrokinetics (Electrophoresis, Environmental Proteomics and Health Care Informatics, EK-Soil Cleaning) • Advanced Oxidation Processes (Non-thermal Plasma, Photocatalysis, UV Processes) • Nano-structured (soft) Materials (Morphological Effects, Optimization of Separation Efficiency) • Engineering Education (High Performance Learning Environments, Hi-PeLE; Critical Thinking, Innovation and Creativity).

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James Baier, Assistant Professor of Agricultural Engineering Technology
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(931) 372-3193
South Hall (SOUT) 133

Expertise in agricultural engineering technology

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Michael Best, Professor of Agricultural Economics
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(931) 372-3154
South Hall (SOUT) 136 Webpage

Expertise in marketing, financial analysis of new enterprises, production of crops and livestock, high tunnel production of tomatoes, heirloom vegetables

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Phillip Bettoli, Research Scientist, USGS, and Professor of Biology
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(931) 372-3086
Pennebaker (PENN) 305 Webpage

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Joseph Biernacki, University Distinguished Faculty Fellow and Professor
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(931) 372-3667
Prescott Hall (PRSC) 312 Webpage

Cementious Systems • Biofuels Production • Engineering Education

Web Links

International Summit on Cement Hydration Kinetics
Web tools for research and education
                Cement Hydration Kinetics and Modeling
                Computer Aided Molecular Design
                Access the TTU X-ray Diffraction Laboratory
 

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Jeffrey Boles, Chairman
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(931) 372-3421
Foster Hall (FOST) 219Resume/CV

Responsibilities: Chemistry Department Management/Leadership. Research with both undergraduates and graduate students (MS and PhD). Instruction and service both professionally and in the community.

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Tammy Boles, Assistant Professor
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(931) 372-6123
Prescott Hall (PRSC) 438Resume/CV

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Janice Branson, Associate Professor
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(931) 372-3373
South Hall (SOUT) 138

Expertise in agronomy and soils

Courses taught:;  AGR 1020 Connections to Agriculture; AGRN 1100 Plant Science; AGRN 1110 Plant Science Laboratory; AGRN 2210 Soils; AGRN 2240 Intro to Soil Evaluation; AGRN 3230 Environmental Soil Science; AGRN 4210 Soil Fertility and Fertilizers; AGRN 4230 Soil Classification; AGRN 4240 Advanced Soil Evaluation

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Andrew Callender, Assistant Professor
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(931) 372-6273
Foster Hall (FOST) 410 Webpage
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Development of analytical techniques for the measurement of emerging pollutants in the environment.  Current focus is in spectroscopy of nanomaterials; microfluidic sensors for nitrate; the identification of algae metabolites by GC-MS. 

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Brian Carver, Assistant Professor of Biology
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(931) 372-3127
Pennebaker (PENN) 307 Webpage

I am a mammalogist and vertebrate community ecologist.  I teach nonmajors biology courses and courses for biology majors at both the undergraduate and graduate level.  In addition to teaching, I am active in research and serve as major professor to graduate students as well as on committees for other graduate students. 

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Daniel Combs, Professor
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(931) 372-6541
Pennebaker (PENN) 313

I am a wildlife biologist, specializing in waterfowl ecology.  I teach Dendrology, Herpetology, Ornithology, Waterfowl Ecology, and Behavioral Ecology.  I co-teach Wildlife Techniques during summer with Dr. Hayslette.  My primary research interests involve movement patterns, interflock associations, and social biology of Canada geese.  I also have a keen interest in reptiles and amphibians, having advised a few graduate students with herpetological research projects and serving as the faculty curator of our herp collection. 

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Steven Cook, Professor and Interim Chair
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(931) 372-3194
Pennebaker (PENN) 207A

Expertise in ecology of freshwater invertebrates; fish parasitology; feeding ecology and bioenergetics of freshwater fishes; biotic indices

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Glenn Cunningham, Associate Professor
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(931) 372-3826
Brown Hall (BRWN) 239

Industrial Energy Efficiency including Pumping, Process Heating, Compressed Air Systems, Co-Generation (Combined Heat and Power), Boilers and Steam Systems.  Director Tennessee Tech University Industrial Assessment Center funded under a five year grant from the US Department of Energy.

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Ferdinand Difurio, Associate Professor
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(931) 372-3839
Johnson Hall (JOHN) 332 Webpage

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Dale Ensor, Professor of Chemistry Emeritus
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(931) 372-3493
Foster Hall (FOST) 125

 

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Billy Greene, Professor of Animal Science
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(931) 372-3418
South Hall (SOUT) 139

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John Gunderson, Associate Professor
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(931) 372-3250
Pennebaker (PENN) 319

 Expertise in microbial ecology and evolution, protozoology, molecular genetics

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Evan Hart
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(931) 372-3516
Kittrell Hall (KITT) 205 Webpage

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John Harwood, Professor
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(931) 372-3473
Foster Hall (FOST) 222 Webpage
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Expertise in analytical/environmental chemistry; aquatic chemistry; analysis of molecular markers of pollution; ecological stressor analysis; sociology of environmental decision making.

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Steven Hayslette, Professor
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(931) 372-3146
Pennebaker (PENN) 301

 

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David Huddleston, P.E., Professor
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(931) 372-3486
Prescott Hall (PRSC) 422

Computational fluid dynamics (CFD), computational design coupling CFD with nonlinear optimization, water resources engineering, open-channel flows, fluid mechanics, applied aerodynamics

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Carla Hurt, Assistant Professor
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(931) 372-3143
Pennebaker (PENN) 412

 

For my research I am interested in processes of speciation and diversification in marine invertebrates and the implications that these processes have on conservation of biodiversity. Specific aims of this research include: 1) identifying taxonomic lineages and cryptic diversity, 2) reconstructing the phylogenetic history and geographic context of species radiations, 3) examining the ecological and developmental factors that promote and sustain species reef diversity and 4) assessing the geographic structure of genetic variation within and among coral reef habitats.  To address these questions, we employ a wide diversity of molecular tools including DNA sequencing and genotyping as well as next-generation tools such as transcriptome sequencing and reduced genome sequencing.

 

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Alfred Kalyanapu, Assistant Professor
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(931) 372-3561
Prescott Hall (PRSC) 334 Webpage
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I am interested in understanding the complex interactions of water with urban areas including energy, climate, infrastructure and sustainability.

Research Topics:

  • Climate Impacts
  • Computational Hydraulics & Hydrology
  • Hydraulic/Hydrologic Modeling
  • Urban Water Management
  • Regional Scale Flood Modeling & Simulation
  • GIS Applications in Water Resources Engineering

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H. Wayne Leimer, Professor of Geology
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(931) 372-3522
Kittrell Hall (KITT) 111 Webpage

Expertise in clay mineralogy, oil shale, asbestos and radon hazards, and aggregate characteristics.

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Peter Li, Professor of Geography
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(931) 372-3752
Kittrell Hall (KITT) 207 Webpage

Expertise in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) technology; environmental monitoring;  renewable resources, water quality, dam risk assessment

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Edward Lisic, Professor
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(931) 372-3425
Foster Hall (FOST) 224Resume/CV

Expertise in coordination chemistry of the transition metals and ligand synthesis. Synthesis of new thiosemicarbazone ligands and their  bioinorganic metal complexes and synthesis of phosphorous ligands and phosphonate materials.

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Roy Loutzenheiser, P.E., Professor and Associate Dean, College of Engineering
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(931) 372-3782
Clement Hall (CLEM) 201

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Jessica Matson, P.E., Professor
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(931) 372-3260
Prescott Hall (PRSC) 126

Engineering management including engineering economics, project management, process improvement, and systems modeling

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Hayden Mattingly, Professor
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(931) 372-6410

Expertise in freshwater fish and crayfish life history and ecology; conservation biology; endangered species management

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Kendall Moles
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(931) 372-6205
Pennebaker (PENN) 104

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Kenneth Morgan, Research Specialist
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(931) 372-6240
Pennebaker (PENN) 120

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Kendall Moles
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(931) 372-6205
Pennebaker (PENN) 104

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Justin Murdock, Assistant Professor
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(931) 372-3147
Pennebaker (PENN) 108 Webpage

I am a stream ecologist with a focus on algal ecology, nutrient cycling, and how stream communities respond to disturbances such as flood and drying.

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Francis Otuonye, Associate Vice President for Research
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(931) 372-3374
Derryberry Hall (DBRY) 305

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Jennifer Pascal, PhD, Assistant Professor
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(931) 372-3606
Prescott (PRSC) 307 Webpage

  • Mathematical and computational modeling of electrical field-based cancer treatments
    • Tumor treating fields
    • Electrochemotherapy
    • Nanoparticle-based delivery
    • Hyperthermia therapy
  • Engineering Education
    • Scaling in ChE transport pheonomena curriculum
    • Introducing biomedical engineering concepts to non-engineers
    • Biomedical engineering and underrepresented groups

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Beth Powell, Visiting Instructor of English
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(931) 372-3345
Henderson Hall (HEND) 312BResume/CV

Teaching: Composition I and II. Research: Communication in Engineering.

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Joseph Redding, Professor
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(931) 372-3135
Pennebaker (PENN) 321

Expertise in comparative physiology, endocrinology, and impacts of environmental stress

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Jeffrey Rice, Assistant Professor
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(931) 372-3678
Prescott Hall (PRSC) 309

 Research Interest

  • Development of novel therapeutic proteins using combinatorial protein engineering techniques
  • Design of in vitro cellular flow chambers for high-throughput evaluation of therapeutic molecules
  • Generation of bio-synthetic hydrogels using protein/polymeric hybrid systems
  • Rational protein design for more effect protein engineering methodologies

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Thomas Roberts, Professor
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(931) 372-3138
Pennebaker (PENN) 309

Expertise in animal ecology; wetland ecology; habitat evaluation and management

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Robby Sanders, Assistant Professor
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(931) 372-3494
Prescott Hall (PRSC) 311 Webpage
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  • Biomolecular medicine, including bioassay development
  • Drug delivery and barriers to gene therapy
  • Wound healing
  • Engineering education
  • Micro-fluidics and lab-on-a-chip applications for clinical diagnostics

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Holly Stretz, Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering
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(931) 372-3495
Prescott Hall (PRSC) 445Resume/CV

NANO!  Processing and morphological stability of nanoparticle heirarchies in organophotovoltaics and current sensors. • Nanocomposite structure and modeling • High temperature materials and ablatives • Fate and transformation of nanoparticles in water treatment • Novel hydrogel nanocomposites for medical diagnostics. • 

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Lenly Weathers PE, Associate Professor
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(931) 372-6539
Prescott Hall (PRSC) 339

Expertise in fate and transport of pollutants in the environment; transformation of chlorinated compounds; oxidized metals and other pollutants in anaerobic environments in the presence of metallic iron

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Hong Zhang, Professor
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(931) 372-6325
Foster Hall (FOST) 333 Webpage

Environmental/Analytical Chemistry.