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Kelsey Pieper

Assistant Professor,  Civil & Environmental Engineering

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Research Focus

Applied environmental chemistry; corrosion; drinking water quality, treatment, and infrastructure; post-disaster drinking water recovery; public health engineering

Education

  • PhD, Biological Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2015
  • MS, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2011

Research Overview

Applied environmental chemistry; corrosion; drinking water quality, treatment, and infrastructure; post-disaster drinking water recovery; public health engineering

Selected Research Projects

  • Identification of Factors Impacting Efficacy and Adoption of Low-Cost Point of Use Filters
    • – Co-Principal Investigator, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Impact of Hurricane Florence on Well Quality in Communities Surrounding Coal Ash Impoundments in North Carolina
    • – Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation
  • Untapping the Crowd: Consumer Detection and Control of Lead in Drinking Water
    • – Co-Principal Investigator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

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Selected Publications

  • D. Dai, W. Rhoads, A. Katner, L. Strom, M. Edwards, A. Pruden, K.J. Pieper, Molecular Survey of Legionella and Naegleria Fowleri in Private Well Water and Premise Plumbing Following the 2016 Louisiana Flood, Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology, 2019
  • K.J. Pieper, V.E. Nystrom, J. Parks, K. Jennings, H. Faircloth, J.B. Morgan, J. Bruckner, M.A. Edwards, Elevated Lead in Water of Private Wells Poses Health Risks: Case Study in Macon County, North Carolina, Environmental Science & Technology, 52(7),2018, 4350–4357
  • K.J. Pieper, R. Martin, M. Tang, L. Walters, J. Parks, S. Roy, C. Devine, M.A. Edwards, Evaluating Water Lead Levels During the Flint Water Crisis, Environmental Science & Technology, 52(15), 2018, 8124–8132
  • J. Parks, K.J. Pieper, A. Katner, M. Tang, M. Edwards, Potential Challenges Meeting the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Lead in School Drinking Water Goal of 1 μg/L, Corrosion, 74(8), 2018, 914-917
  • K.J. Pieper, M. Tang, M.A. Edwards, Flint Water Crisis caused by Interrupted Corrosion
    Control: Investigating “Ground Zero” Home, Environmental Science & Technology, 51(4), 2017,
    2007–2014

Faculty

Aug 29, 2019

New Faculty Spotlight: Kelsey Pieper

Kelsey Pieper joins the Civil and Environmental Engineering department in August 2019 as an Assistant Professor.

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