Xueying was one of the eight finalists of the Three-Minute Thesis competition at the Conference for Southern Graduate Schools in Knoxville, TN.  Congratulations, Xueying!


Xueying Brown won UNC Charlotte’s Three-Minute Thesis competition – both First Place and People’s Choice! – and will be representing our university at the Southeast Region competition.  Her presentation was based on her work studying the role of environmental buffers in potable water reuse.

Amirhossein Rezaei Adaryani

Amirhossein Rezaei Adaryani

Amirhossein is a Ph.D. student in Infrastructure and Environmental Systems (INES). He has a Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a Master’s degree in environmental engineering, both from Azad university, Iran. For a few years, he was working for consulting engineering companies as a process engineer, and also had the opportunity to collaborate with Environment Research Center (ENVRC) at Isfahan University of Medical Sciences as a part-time researcher on various projects.

His research is focused on landfill leachate treatment utilizing white-rot fungi; this process also known as mycoremediation. In 2016, he was awarded EREF scholarship for the project “Biodegradation of Contaminants of Emerging Concern by White-rot Fungi in Municipal Leachate”.

In his free time he enjoys traveling, hiking and listening to Persian classic music.

Role of environmental buffers in potable water reuse

This project, funded by NIWR and USGS, evaluates whether various environmental buffers used in potable water reuse remove or introduce a variety of conventional and emerging contaminants.  Wetlands, river, lake, groundwater storage and riverbank filtration are studied.  The contaminants evaluated include pharmaceuticals of various environmental fate, microbial contaminants and antibiotic resistance genes, contaminants indicative of urban atmospheric deposition, farm and road runoff, as well as a range of conventional water quality parameters.

Evan Forney

M.S. project completed in 2016.  “Development of a nitrate concentration prediction model using UV/Vis spectroscopy in municipal wastewater.”

Justine Gleason

M.S. Thesis completed in 2016. “Comparison of hydrogen peroxide quenching with activated carbon and mineral catalysts”.  Currently employee with Charlotte Water Environmental Laboratory.