Environmental Engineering


Research in environmental engineering focuses on the understanding and management of physical, chemical, and biological processes in the environment and in engineering systems. Areas of research include process development for water and wastewater treatment systems and the investigation of the fate and transport of contaminants in the environment.

Faculty and Lecturers


Eric M.V. Hoek, Ph.D.

emvhoek@ucla.edu 5732G Boelter Hall (310) 206-3735

Membrane materials and processes; Nanoscience and nanotechnology; Interfacial science and engineering; Bacterial adhesion and biofilm formation; Desalination and advanced water treatment.

David Jassby

David Jassby, Ph.D.

jassby@ucla.edu 5732G Boelter Hall (310) 825-1346

Water treatment and desalination, membrane separation processes, membrane material fabrication, electrochemistry, and environmental applications of nanotechnology.


Jennifer A. Jay, Ph.D.

jjay@seas.ucla.edu 5732H Boelter Hall (310) 267-5365

Aquatic chemistry, environmental microbiology.


Shaily Mahendra, Ph.D.

mahendra@seas.ucla.edu 5732C Boelter Hall (310) 794-9850

Environmental microbiology, biodegradation of groundwater contaminants, microbial-nanomaterial interactions, nanotoxicology, applications of molecular biological and isotopic tools in environmental engineering.


Sanjay Mohanty, Ph.D.

mohanty@ucla.edu 5732C Boelter Hall (310) 825-2471

Effect of climate change on water quality; Sustainable urban development at the water-energy nexus; Transport of contaminants and colloids in the subsurface and groundwater; Stormwater capture, treatment, and reuse; Bioremediation.


Michael K. Stenstrom, Ph.D., P.E.

stenstro@seas.ucla.edu 5714 Boelter Hall (310) 825-1408

Process development and control for water and wastewater treatment plants.


Keith D. Stolzenbach, Ph.D., P.E.

stolzenb@seas.ucla.edu 5732J Boelter Hall (310) 206-7624

Environmental fluid mechanics and transport.


Michael J. McGuire, Ph.D.

Mike@michaeljmcguire.com 5713 Boelter Hall (310) 560-2357

Control of trace contaminants in drinking water.


Issam N. Najm, Ph.D., P.E.

najm@ucla.edu 5731G Boelter Hall (818) 366-8340

Optimization of physical and chemical processes in drinking water treatment.

Regan Patterson, Ph.D.

reganfp@ucla.edu  5731F Boelter Hall

Environmental justice; air pollution, air quality modeling; exposure assessment; sustainable transportation; transportation equity