Civil and Environmental Engineering Faculty Research on Water

What would the world be like without water? Disastrous, because every living thing on the planet needs water to survive. At the UWM College of Engineering & Applied Science, our civil and environmental engineering faculty know this very well and are keenly aware that our water resources are in danger, so they are working diligently to find ways to make water cleaner and safer.

Who are these water heroes? Let’s take a look.

Hector Bravo, Professor

Hector Bravo

Research focus on hydrodynamic modeling, transport of pollutants and heat in surface water and groundwater, two-phase flows and spectral analysis of hydrologic time series and climate variability.

  • Currently working on reducing phosphorous to reduce cladophora algae
  • Improving health and reducing water threats to the great lakes, Green Bay Ecosystem, Bradford Beach and Atwater Beach
Jin Li, PhD_ Civil and Enviromental Engineering

Jin Li, Professor

Research focus on fate and transport of microbial pollutants in the environment, water and wastewater treatment, microbial biofilm, and hazardous waste treatment.

Qian Liao, PhD_Civil and Enviromental Engineering

Qian Liao, Associate ProfessorInterim director of WEP

Research focus on environmental fluid mechanics, hydrodynamic-biogeochemical modeling, hydraulics and hydrology, mixing and turbulence in aquatic systems, and imaging-based flow analysis.

Yin Wang, Associate Professor

faculty member yin wang
Yin Wang

Research focus on environmental applications of advanced materials, occurrence, fate and treatment of emerging and recalcitrant pollutants, advanced technologies for water treatment and groundwater remediation, and environmental chemistry.

Who are they working with on this water-related research? The local, regional and national funding partners that make sure this important work happen include: Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Science Foundation (NSF), DoD Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program, the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute, the Water Council, the Water Equipment and Policy Center (WEP), and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR). We are grateful for their support.