Caitlin Proctor

Assistant Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering & Environmental and Ecological Engineering


  • PHD IN LIFE SCIENCES. April 2018
    Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland
    Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag), Zurich, Switzerland
    Dissertation: Microbiology of Household Plumbing - Causes and Consequences
    Advisor: Dr. Frederik Hammes, Doktorvater: Prof. Dr. Martin Ackermann

    Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), Blacksburg, VA, USA
    Thesis: Effect of Various Water Chemistry Factors on Legionella Proliferation and the Premise Plumbing Microbiome Composition.
    Advisors: Dr. Amy Pruden and Dr. Marc Edwards

    Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), Blacksburg, VA, USA
    Minors: Green Engineering, Environmental Policy and Planning

Selected Publications

  • Ley CJ, Proctor CR, Tiong GA, Ra K, Noh Y, Odimayomi TO, Singh G, Salehi M, Whelton AJ. Drinking Water Microbiology in a Water-Efficient Home: Stagnation, Seasonality, and Physiochemical Effects on Opportunistic Pathogen and Total Bacteria Proliferation. Environmental Science Water Research and Technology. 2020
  • Proctor CR, Rhoads WJ, Keane T, Salehi M, Hamilton K, Pieper KJ, Cwiertny DM, Prevost M, Whelton AJ. Considerations for Large Building Water Quality after Extended Stagnation. AWWA Water Science. 2020
  • Proctor CR, Lee J, Yu D, Shah A, Whelton AJ. Scientific Gaps in Addressing Wildfire Caused Widespread Drinking Water Distribution Network Contamination. AWWA Water Science. 2020

Awards and Honors

  • Outstanding Postdoctoral Researcher. Purdue College of Engineering. (2020)
  • Postdoctoral Mentoring Award. Purdue Graduate School. (2020)
  • Lillian Gilbreth Postdoctoral Fellowship, Purdue University (2018 - 2020)
  • Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) Medal for Outstanding PhD Thesis (2018), awarded to top theses at ETH
  • American Water Works Association (AWWA) Academic Achievement Award, 1st place (2015), national award for MS thesis
  • Montgomery Watson Harza (MWH) Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP) Master's Thesis Award, 2nd place (2015), national award for MS thesis