Andrew J Whelton

Professor of Civil Engineering and Environmental and Ecological Engineering
(765) 494-2160


  • Postdoc., Polymeric Materials
    National Institute for Standards and Technology, 2011
  • Postdoc., Environmental Nanotechnology
    Virginia Tech, 2010
  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering
    Virginia Tech, 2009
  • M.S., Environmental Engineering
    Virginia Tech, 2001
  • B.S., Civil Engineering
    Virginia Tech, 2000

Research Summary

Dr. Whelton and his team investigates and solves problems that affect our natural and built environments. His expertise focusses on environmental chemistry and engineering, disasters, polymer science and engineering, water quality, infrastructure, and public health.

Plumbing Safety website

Cured-in-Place-Pipe (CIPP) Safety website

Selected Publications

  • Sendesi S.M.T., Ra K., Conkling E.N., Boor B.E., Nuruddin M., Howarter J.A., Youngblood J.P., Kobo L.M., Shannahan J.H., Jafvert C.T., Whelton A.J. 2017. Worksite Chemical Air Emissions and Worker Exposure during Sanitary Sewer and Stormwater Pipe Rehabilitation Using Cured-in-Place-Pipe (CIPP). DOI: 10.1021/acs.estlett.7b00237

  • Whelton, A.J., McMillan, L., Connell, M., Kelley, K.M., Gill, J.P., White, K.D., Gupta, R., Dey, R., Novy, C. 2014. Residential Tap Water Contamination Following the Freedom Industries Chemical Spill: Perceptions, Water Quality, and Health Impacts.>Environmental Science & Technology. DOI: 10.1021/es5040969

  • Kelley, K., Stenson, S., Dey, R., Whelton, A.J. 2014. Release of Drinking Water Contaminants and Odor Impacts Caused by Green Building Cross-Linked Polyethylene (PEX) Plumbing Systems. Water Research. 67 (15), 19–32.

  • Tabor, M., Newman, D., Whelton, A.J. 2014. Stormwater Chemical Contamination Caused by Cured-In-Place Pipe (CIPP) Infrastructure Rehabilitation Activities. Environmental Science & Technology. 48 (18), 10938–10947.

  • Donaldson, B.M., Whelton, A.J. "Water Quality Implications of Culvert Rehabilitation Technologies: A Field Study of Cured-in-place Pipe and Spray-on Liner Technologies," J. of the Transportation Research Board, 2013.

  • Greifenstein, M., White, K.D., Stubner, A., Hout, J., Whelton, A.J. "Impact of Temperature and Storage Duration on the Chemical and Odor Quality of Military Packaged Water in Polyethylene Terephthalate Bottles," J. of the Science of the Total Environment, 2013, pg. 376-383.

  • Whelton, A.J., Nguyen, T. "Contaminant Migration from Polymeric Pipes used in Buried Potable Water Distribution Systems: A Review," J. of Environmental Science and Technology, Vol. 43/7, 2013, pg. 679-751.

Awards and Honors

  • Outstanding Engineering Teacher, 2021 - 2022
  • College of Engineering Faculty Excellence Award for Early Career Research, 2018 - 2019
  • University Faculty Scholar, 2018 - 2019
  • Outstanding Engineering Graduate Student Mentor, 2016 - 2017