Kelsey Pieper

Assistant Professor,  Civil and Environmental Engineering
Affiliated Faculty,  School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs



  • 467 Snell Engineering Center

Research Focus

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


  • 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

  • Inequity in access to Safe Drinking Water after Natural Disasters in North Carolina
    • – Principal Investigator, NASA
  • Equity in Access to Well Water Recovery Resources after Hurricanes
    • – Principal Investigator, NU TIER 1
  • Untapping the Crowd: Consumer Detection and Control of Lead in Drinking Water
    • – Co-Principal Investigator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Selected Publications

  • Khaksar Fasaee, M.A., Berglund, E., Pieper, K.J., Ling, E., Benham, B., Edwards, M. (2021). Developing a Framework for Classifying Water Lead Levels at Private Drinking Water Systems: A Bayesian Belief Network Approach. Water Research, 189, 116641. 10.1016/j.watres.2020.116641
  • Pieper, K.J., Jones, C.N., Rhoads, W.J., Rome, M., Gholson, D.M., Katner, A., Boellstorff, D.E., Beighley, R.E. (2021). Microbial Contamination of Drinking Water Supplied Private Wells after Hurricane Harvey. Environmental Science and Technology, 55(12), 8382–8392. 10.1021/acs.est.0c07869
  • Wait, K. Katner, A., Gallagher, D., Edwards, M., Mize, W., Pow Jackson, C.L., Pieper, K.J. (2020). Disparities in Well Water Outreach and Assistance Offered by Local Health Departments: A North Carolina Case Study. Science of the Total Environment, 747, 141173. 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.141173
  • K.J. Pieper, W.J. Rhoads, L. Sauicer, A. Katner, J.R. Barrett, M. Edwards, Improving State-Level Emergency Well Disinfection Strategies in the United States, Science of the Total Environment, 720, 2020 137451
  • K. Mapili, K.J. Pieper, D. Dai, A. Pruden, M.A. Edwards, M. Tang, W.J. Rhoads, Legionella pneumophila Occurrence in Drinking Water Supplied By Private Wells, Letters in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 70(4), 2020, 232-240
  • K.J. Pieper, A. Katner, R. Kriss, M. Tang, M.A. Edwards Understanding Lead in Water and Avoidance Strategies: A United States Perspective for Informed Decision-Making, Journal of Water and Health, 17(4), 2019, 540-555
  • K.J. Pieper, M. Tang, C.N. Jones, S. Weiss, A. Greene, H. Mohsin, J. Parks, M.A. Edwards, Impact of Road Salt on Drinking Water Quality and Infrastructure Corrosion in Private Wells, Environmental Science & Technology, 52(24), 2018, 14078–14087
  • 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
Kelsey Pieper with two students working outside on campus


Jun 02, 2021

Kelsey Pieper Named Gulf Research Program Inaugural Early-Career Research Fellow for New Human Health and Community Resilience Track

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Gulf Research Program named CEE Assistant Professor Kelsey Pieper an inaugural member of their new Early-Career Research For New Human Health and Community Resilience track Fellowship.


Apr 20, 2021

FY22 TIER 1 Award Recipients

Congratulations to the 17 COE faculty and affiliates who were recipients of FY22 TIER 1 Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grants for 11 different projects.


Feb 08, 2021

Spring 2021 PEAK Experience Recipients

Congratulations to the COE student recipients of the Spring 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. PEAK Experience Ascent Awardees Ryan Brady, COE’22, Chemical […]

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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”.

Ameet Pinto, Aron Stubbins, and Kelsey Pieper


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.”

road salt


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.


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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