Loretta A. Fernandez

Associate Professor,  Civil and Environmental Engineering
Jointly Appointed,  Marine and Environmental Sciences

Contact

Office

  • 473 Snell Engineering
  • 617.373.5461

Research Focus

Environmental organic chemistry; passive sampling methods for organic contaminants in water and sediments; transport and transformation of contaminants in indoor and natural environments

Education

  • PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2010
  • SM, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2005
  • BS, Northeastern University, 2002
  • BA, Tufts University, 1993

Honors & Awards

  • Civil and Environmental Engineering Excellence in Teaching Award
  • Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) Project of the Year, Co-Performer (2011)
  • National Research Council, Research Associateship (2010)
  • National Science Foundation, Graduate Research Fellowship (2003-2006)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Chemical Society
  • Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
  • Tau Beta Pi

Research Overview

Environmental organic chemistry; passive sampling methods for organic contaminants in water and sediments; transport and transformation of contaminants in indoor and natural environments

Selected Research Projects

Selected Publications

  • A.S. Joyce, L.A. Fernandez, R.M. Burgess, In Situ Investigation of Performance Reference Compound-Based Estimates of PCB Equilibrated Passive Sampler Concentrations and C free in the Marine Water Column, Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 39(6), 2020, 1165-1173
  • A.V. Mueller, M.J. Eden, J.M. Oakes, C. Bellini, L.A. Fernandez, Quantitative Method for Comparative Assessment of Particle Removal Efficiency of Fabric Masks as Alternatives to Standard Surgical Masks for PPE, Matter, 3, 2020, 1-13
  • P.T. Gidley, A.J. Kennedy, G.R. Lotufo, A.H. Wooley, N.L. Melby, U. Ghosh, R.M. Burgess, P. Mayer, L.A. Fernandez, S.N. Schmidt, A.P. Wang, T.S. Bridges, C.E. Ruiz, Bioaccumulation in Functionally Different Species: Ongoing Input of PCBs with Sediment Deposition to Activated Carbon Remediated Beds, Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 38(10), 2019, 2326-2336

In the Media

Feb 11, 2021

If double-masking is hurting your ears, try these tips to relieve the pain

CEE Associate Professor Loretta Fernandez was featured in the Washington Post article “If double-masking is hurting your ears, try these tips to relieve the pain” for her research into finding effective fitting masks.

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Faculty

Feb 05, 2021

How to Wear 2 Masks Effectively

CEE Assistant Professor Loretta Fernandez and Amy Mueller explain how to best wear two masks effectively to keep out COVID-19 particles.

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Spotlight Story

Oct 02, 2020

PhD Spotlight: Alice Peiying Wang, PhD’19 – Civil Engineering

Advised by Loretta Fernandez, Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, jointly appointed in Marine and Environmental Sciences in the College of Science While pursuing her PhD in Civil Engineering (CEE) at Northeastern University, Alice Peiying Wang worked closely with researchers at the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers’ Environmental Research and Development Center (USACE ERDC). She […]

Faculty

Aug 11, 2020

How to Choose the Best Cloth Face Mask for You

CEE Associate Professor Loretta Fernandez was featured in the NY Times Wirecutter article “How to Choose the Best Cloth Face Mask for You” for her expertise in studying how to make the best fitting mask.

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Faculty

Jul 30, 2020

Designing the Most Effective Face Masks

CEE Associate Professor Loretta Fernandez and Assistant Professor Amy Mueller are examining the best fit, while ChE Associate Professor Steve Lustig is determining the best combinations of materials for the most effective mask to protect against COVID-19.

Faculty

Apr 23, 2020

Adding A Nylon Stocking Layer Could Boost Protection From Cloth Masks, Study Finds

CEE/MES Assistant Professors Loretta Fernandez was featured in the NPR article “Adding A Nylon Stocking Layer Could Boost Protection From Cloth Masks, Study Finds” and WFUV.org article “Adding A Nylon Stocking Layer Could Boost Protection From…” about her research in making sure COVID-19 masks are effective.

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Faculty

Apr 21, 2020

Assistant Professor Loretta Fernandez wins 2020 CEE Excellence in Teaching Award

CEE Assistant Professor Loretta A. Fernandez was honored with the 2020 CEE Excellence in Teaching Award for her exceptional contributions to the department.

mask

Faculty

Apr 21, 2020

Making Sure Masks Are Effective

CEE/MES Assistant Professors Loretta Fernandez and Amy Mueller are examining the layering of materials and how the masks are worn to determine which are the most effective in blocking the COVID-19 virus.

professor with students in environmental lab

Faculty

Mar 27, 2020

Loretta Fernandez and Alice Wang recognized for 2019 Top 10 Exceptional Papers by ET&C

CEE/COS Assistant Professor Loretta A. Fernandez and doctoral alumna Dr. Alice Peiying Wang were recognized with a 2019 Top 10 Exceptional Paper Award by the editors of Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry (ET&C) for their article titled “Bioaccumulation in Functionally Different Species: Ongoing Input of PCBs with Sediment Deposition to Activated Carbon Remediated Bed Sediments”.

Faculty

Jul 30, 2019

Larese-Casanova, Alshawabkeh, Fernandez Awarded DoD SERDP Grant

CEE Associate Professor Philip Larese-Casanova (PI), Assistant Professor Loretta Fernandez, and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education Akram Alsahwabkeh were awarded a $760K grant from the DoD’s Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) for “Electrochemically-Induced in situ Degradation of Legacy Munitions and Insensitive High Explosives in Manufacturing Wastewater.”

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