Joseph Wasswa

Syracuse University

Joseph Wasswa Joseph Wasswa earned his BSc in agricultural engineering in 2013 from Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, and his master’s degree in civil engineering in 2017 from San Diego State University. He is currently a PhD student in civil engineering at Syracuse University, where his research is focused on drinking water treatment, contaminant abatement, and ecological engineering. He has consistently served as a mentor, tutor and graduate assistant, and has been a research assistant in Syracuse’s Environmental Chemistry Lab since 2017. While pursuing his education, he has held positions as a soil and water engineer, water resources engineer, and food processing engineer. He is the recipient of the CUAHSI pathfinder fellowship (2018) and the Syracuse University Water Fellowship (2018-2019). He also is part of the EMPOWER (Education Model Program on Water-Energy Research) program, a National Science Foundation traineeship at Syracuse. Future research endeavors will be focused on economically disadvantaged areas of the world with projects that include: the efficient removal of contaminants in wastewater, drinking water and water reuse systems; small-scale industrial effluent treatment; and addressing unsafe sanitation practices. His teaching philosophy is based on the belief that not all students excel in the same ways, and grading, therefore, should be a combination of exams, projects, class presentation and real-world problem-solving.

Area of Research

Photochemical reactivity of dissolved organic matter