Professor Andrew Whelton is an Assistant Professor in Environmental and Ecological Engineering and jointly appointed to the Lyles School of Civil Engineering. He has 15 years of experience and is a recognized National expert in the field of water infrastructure systems and disaster response. Prof. Whelton arrived at Purdue University in 2014 relocating from the University of South Alabama on the Gulf Coast. Prior to joining the faculty in Alabama, Whelton worked for the U.S. Army, National Institute for Standards Technology, Virginia Tech, and various environmental consulting firms.
Currently Prof. Whelton teaches polymer materials (CE597), waste management (EEE598/CE597), and environmental and ecological engineering systems (EEE 250). His teaching and research program centers upon enabling students to develop the knowledge and skills needed to solve complex problems at the interface of infrastructure, the environment, and public health. Results of his team’s work have had significant impact on science, engineering, policy, and public health.
Recently Prof. Whelton’s research has prompted federal, state, and industry agencies to alter how they investigate and recover from large-scale public health disasters. His students and colleagues have identified scientific problems with existing methods and technologies and developed solutions.
Prof. Whelton’s team is also a leading expert on plastics, coatings, and composites in water piping systems. This has led the researchers to better understand how green building practices affect drinking water safety in buildings. His students have uncovered poorly performing materials, provided education to the general public, construction professionals, and regulators.
Transportation Agencies across the US have also worked with Prof. Whelton. Currently, Prof. Whelton and a team of Purdue faculty are helping state Department of Transportations’ throughout the country identify and eliminate environmental emissions from roadway repair activities. With the critical need for pipeline replacement in the US, new technologies are being used in unprecedented frequency and evidence has indicated preventing environmental impacts by these technologies remains poorly understood.
Professor Whelton and his team work on a number of other scientific issues of global interest and more information about their activities can be found at http://www.WheltonGroup.org.