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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

  • 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

  • Electrochemically-Induced in Situ Degradation of Legacy Munitions and Insensitive High Explosives in Manufacturing Wastewater
    • – Co-Investigator, Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program
  • RAPID: Collaborative Research: Sediment and Contaminant Mobilization by Extreme Flooding Associated with Hurricane Florence
    • – Co-Investigator, National Science Foundation

Selected Publications

  • M.T.O. Jonker, S. van der Heijden, D. Adelman, J. Apell, R. Burgess, Y. Choi, L. Fernandez, G. Flavetta, et al., Advancing the use of Passive Sampling in Risk Assessment and Management of Contaminated Sediments: Results of an International Ex Situ Passive Sampling Inter-Laboratory Comparison, Environmental Science & Technology, 52(6), 2018, 3574-3582
  • G.M. Flavetta, R.L. Cahill, L.A. Fernandez, Demographics Near Waste-to-Energy Plants: Poverty-Level Changes from 2000 to 2015, Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management, 15(1), 2018, 160-164
  • S.N. Schmidt, A.P. Wang, P.T. Gidley, A.H. Wooley, G.R. Lotufo, R.M. Burgess, U. Ghosh, L.A. Fernandez, P. Mayer, Cross Validation of Two Partitioning-Based Sampling Approaches in Mesocosms Containing PCB Contaminated Field Sediment, Biota, and Activated Carbon Amendment, Environmental Science and Technology, 51(17), 2017, 9996-10004

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

Undergraduate

May 02, 2019

A Paradigm of Interdisciplinary Engineering

Atalaya Milan Wilborn is graduating soon, but that is just the beginning of her academic career.

Students

Jan 31, 2018

Madeline DuBois, E’20, Combines Engineering with Her Passion for the Environment

Madeline DuBois, E’20, is using her environmental engineering degree to work with Engineers Without Borders to bring water distribution systems to developing countries as well as work in the lab with CEE Associate Teaching Professor Annalisa Onnis-Hayden on creating a tidal wetland wastewater treatment system.

Faculty

Oct 03, 2017

Professor Loretta Fernandez Receives Grant From The EPA

The pilot study by CEE/COS Assistant Professor Loretta Fernandez entitled “Laboratory and field pilot study on using polyethylene passive samplers to monitor potential PCB transport across the engineered cap at the Grasse River Superfund site” has received a $405K grant in collaboration with the US Army Engineer Research and Development Center.from the Environmental Protection Agency.

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