EEE Research Spotlight

This issue's research spotlight focuses on two EEE faculty members and their research groups: Assistant Professors Amisha Shah and Brady Hardiman.

Amisha Shah

Dr. Amisha Shah, an assistant professor in Environmental and Ecological Engineering as well as Civil Engineering, has strived over her research career to evaluate how chemical reactions in water affect natural and engineered systems. Such work is considered to have important implications for water quality as well as to human and ecosystem health.

Dr. Shah received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis and her Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. She also worked as a post-doctoral associate at Yale University as well as a research associate at the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (EAWAG), prior to joining Purdue.

In her recent efforts,  she has placed an important focus towards evaluating how chemical interactions in aqueous systems can be strongly influenced by their surrounding water matrix.  This work has been targeted in an ongoing NSF-funded research project that has evaluated how the presence of halides can control the degradation kinetics of membrane surfaces that are commonly used for desalination and water reuse. Similarly, other research efforts have found that different water quality parameters can significantly influence disinfection by-product formation from cross-linked polyethylene (PEX) pipes that are routinely used in premise plumbing systems.

Moreover, a broader outlook for her research has also been achieved by addressing environmental issues such as climate change. Her research in this area has found that different water types ranging from freshwater to open ocean waters can strongly influence how organic sulfur compounds photochemically produce volatile sulfur compounds, which can trigger climate cooling.


Brady Hardiman

Dr. Brady Hardiman, an assistant professor in Environmental and Ecological Engineering as well as Forestry and Natural Resources, utilizes his passion for the environment in his teaching and research with the University. 

Hardiman's research spans the fields of forest ecophysiology, biogeochemistry, ecosystem modeling, remote sensing, and climate change in ecosystems spanning a range of human influence. More specifically, he is interested in the processes that drive forest carbon (C) cycling and how these drivers change with disturbance and anthropogenic modification.

As a scientist and teacher, his goal is to instill in students an informed appreciation of the natural world in which we live and of which we are part, and produce scientifically literate citizens capable of thinking critically about a wide range of ideas.

Hardiman received his B.S. in Biology from Ashland University and his Ph.D. in Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology from The Ohio State University.