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Kelsey Pieper

Assistant Professor,  Civil and Environmental Engineering

Contact

Office

  • 467 Snell Engineering Center

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

College Research Initiatives

Department Research Areas

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

Sep 21, 2020

Civil and Environmental Engineering Solutions to the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and its Industrial Advisory Board held a series of panel discussions entitled “Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) solutions addressing the COVID-19 Pandemic”.

Faculty

May 18, 2020

Effects of COVID-19 on Water Supply Usage

CEE Assistant Professor Ameet Pinto, MES/COS/CEE Associate Professor Aron Stubbins, and CEE Assistant Professor Kelsey Pieper were awarded a $200K NSF RAPID grant for “Extreme water use patterns and their impact on the microbial and chemical ecology of drinking water.”

Faculty

Feb 21, 2020

Road Salt Contaminating Unregulated Water Supplies

CEE Assistant Professor Kelsey Pieper is researching water contaminated with road salt in communities that use private wells, natural springs, and cisterns.

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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