Amy Mueller

Assistant Professor and Vice Chair for Graduate Studies,  Civil and Environmental Engineering
Assistant Professor,  Marine and Environmental Sciences
Affiliated Faculty,  Electrical and Computer Engineering


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Research Focus

Biogeochemistry of natural and engineered systems; in-situ sensors and instrumentation for high-resolution process characterization; remediation and sustainability in natural and built coastal environments; sensor-driven closed-loop controls for resource optimization in engineered systems; signal processing and machine learning, embedded systems, and sensor networks


  • 2012 PhD in Environmental Chemistry at MIT
  • 2003 MEng in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT

Honors & Awards

  • Northeastern University CEE Excellence in Teaching Award (2021)
  • National Science Foundation, Ocean Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (2015-2016)
  • MIT-Xerox Fellowship (2009)
  • Geological Society of America, Graduate Research Grant (2009)
  • National Science Foundation, Graduate Research Fellowship (2004-2007)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Geophysical Union
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Research Overview

Biogeochemistry of natural and engineered systems; in-situ sensors and instrumentation for high-resolution process characterization; remediation and sustainability in natural and built coastal environments; sensor-driven closed-loop controls for resource optimization in engineered systems; signal processing and machine learning, embedded systems, and sensor networks

Selected Research Projects

  • Toxic-Free Footprints to Improve Community Health against Respiratory Hazards
    • – Co-Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation
  • Boston Water and Sewer Commission Stormwater Monitoring and Model Validation Project 2020
    • – Principal Investigator, Boston Water and Sewer Commission
  • Implementation of Innovative Biological Nutrient Removal Processes through Improvement of Control Systems and Online Analytical Measurement Reliability and Accuracy
    • – Principal Investigator, Northeastern University (Prime: Woodard & Curren), Water Research     Foundation
  • Miniature E-Jet Printed Mulit-Sensors for Aquaculture Water Quality Monitoring and Management,
    • – Principal Investigator, MIT Sea Grant (NOAA)
  • Printed Multi-sensors for Coastal Nitrate Monitoring and Source Identification,
    • – Principal Investigator, Schmidt Marine Technology Partners (Schmidt Foundation)

College Research Initiatives

Selected Publications

  • Alam, M.M., Srinivasan, V., Mueller, A.V., & Gu, A.Z. (2021). Status and Advances in Technologies for Phosphorus Species Detection and Characterization in Natural Environment-A Comprehensive Review. Talanta, 122458
  • Bokade, R., Navato, A., Ouyang, R., Jin, X., Chou, C.A., Ostadabbas, S., & Mueller, A.V. (2020). A Cross-Disciplinary Comparison of Multimodal Data Fusion Approaches and Applications: Accelerating Learning through Trans-Disciplinary Information Sharing. Expert Systems with Applications, 113885
  • Zhang, W., Tooker, N.B., & Mueller, A.V. (2020). Enabling Wastewater Treatment Process Automation: Leveraging Innovations in Real-Time Sensing, Data Analysis, and Online Controls. Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology, 6(11), 2973-2992
  • Mueller, A.V., Eden, M.J., Oakes, J. M., Bellini, C., & Fernandez, L.A. (2020). Quantitative Method for Comparative Assessment of Particle Removal Efficiency of Fabric Masks as Alternatives to Standard Surgical Masks for PPE. Matter, 3(3), 950-962
  • Wang, Z.A., Moustahfid, H., Mueller, A.V., Michel, A.P.M., Mowlem, M., Glazer, B.T, Mooney, T.A., et al. (2019). Advancing Observation of Ocean Biogeochemistry, Biology, and Ecosystems with Cost-Effective in Situ Sensing Technologies. Frontiers in Marine Science 6, 519
  • Snauffer, U., Chauhan, K., Cogert, Winkler, M.K.H., Mueller, A.V. (2019). Data Fusion for Environmental Process Control: Maximizing Useful Information Recovery for Process Control under Data Limited Constraints. IEEE Sensors Letters: Special Issue Multimodal Data Fusion, 3(1)
  • Chou, C.-A, Xiaoning, J., Mueller, A.V., Ostadabbas, S. (2019). Multimodal Data Fusion-Moving from Domain-Specific Algorithms to Trans-Domain Understanding for Accelerated Solution Development. IEEE Sensors Letters, Special Issue on Multimodal Data Fusion, 3(1), 7100104
  • Mueller, A.V., Hemond, H.F. (2016). Statistical Generation of Training Sets for Measuring NO3-, NH4+, and Major Ions in Natural Waters by an Ion Selective Electrode Array. Environmental Science: Processes and Impacts, 18(5), 590-599
  • Mueller, A. V., & Hemond, H. F. (2013). Extended Artificial Neural Networks: Incorporation of a Priori Chemical Knowledge Enables use of Ion Selective Electrodes for In-Situ Measurement of Ions at Environmentally Relevant Levels. Talanta, 117, 112-118


Sep 26, 2022

Northeastern Selects First Cohort of Impact Engines

Northeastern University has selected its first cohort of Impact Engines to ignite measurable change in problem-solving, three of the five of which are led by engineering faculty.


Jun 06, 2022

Designing Buildings to be Aware of the Surroundings

CEE Affiliated Faculty Michelle Laboy and CEE/MES Assistant Professor Amy Mueller won the Latrobe Prize from the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows for their project Common SENSES (Standards for ENacting Sensor networks for an Equitable Society). How architects can make buildings ‘aware’ and benefit the local environment Main photo: Rendering from a design […]

Qi Wang, Yanzhi Wang, and Amy Mueller


Sep 02, 2021

$1.5M NSF Award for Real-Time Mobile Air Quality Monitoring and Intervention

CEE Assistant Professor Qi Ryan Wang is leading a $1.5M NSF grant, in collaboration with ECE Assistant Professor Yanzhi Wang, CEE/MES Assistant Professor Amy Mueller, CAMD Associate Professor Brooke Foucault Welles, and Adrienne Katner from the LA State University Health Science Center, to work on “Toxic-Free Footprints to Improve Community Health against Respiratory Hazards.”


Jun 07, 2021

Summer 2021 PEAK Experiences Awardees

Congratulations to the COE student recipients of the Summer 2021 PEAK Experiences Awards. The PEAK Experiences Awards are a progressively structured sequence of opportunities designed to support learners as they continue climbing to new heights of achievement in undergraduate research and creative endeavor throughout their Northeastern journeys. BASE CAMP AWARDS Ana Salichs, E’22, “Colorimetric Assays […]

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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.

Amy Mueller


Oct 05, 2020

Amy Mueller Named a Winner of the Schmidt Marine Technology Partners Coastal Pollution Challenge

CEE/MES Assistant Professor Amy Mueller was named one of four winners of the inaugural Coastal Pollution Challenge from Schmidt Marine Technology Partners which was created “to support the development of innovative solutions to reduce nutrient pollution plaguing the globe’s waterways.”

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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.

Amy Mueller and Joseph Ayers


Apr 21, 2020

Mueller and Ayers Awarded MIT Sea Grant Funding to Develop Miniature Aquaculture Sensors

CEE/MES Assistant Professor Amy Mueller and MES Professor Joseph Ayers were awarded a grant to develop miniature E-Jet printed multi-sensors for aquaculture water quality monitoring and management.



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.

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Nov 22, 2019

EWB Wins 2019 Premier Chapter Award

Northeastern’s Engineers without Borders chapter was selected for the 2019 Premier Chapter Award from EWB-USA.

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