Kaven Hall 209D
+1 (508) 8315000 x5142
Affiliated Department or Office
Environmental & Sustainability Studies
Community Climate Adaptation
BS Civil Engineering Cornell University 1993
MS Environmental Engineering University of Massachusetts Amherst 1995
PhD Civil Engineering University of Massachusetts Amherst 1999

My teaching and research interests focus on water quality and the safety of drinking waters. I study water from source to tap: where do contaminants originate from, what is their fate in the environment, and how do we engineer treatment processes to protect public health? I am particularly interested in preventing the transmission of pathogens through water. In source waters, I aim to identify sources of pollution and understand the fate, transport, and survival of those pollutants in the environment. We are interested in waters used for potable drinking water as well as recreational water bodies. On the treatment side, I have conducted research on alternative disinfection strategies that inactivate microorganisms while also reducing the formation of potentially harmful disinfection byproducts. Lastly, I work to improve water and sanitation options around the globe. My students have studied disease transmission in Africa, drinking water treatment options in Central America, and provision of water and sanitation in impoverished communities.

At WPI, I work with undergraduate and graduate students to explore water quality issues through classroom activities, project work in the field and laboratory, and funded research. I enjoy bringing students to regional and national conferences to present their work, and to give them exposure to the broader water quality profession. Collectively, we can work toward a goal of providing safe water to people in the U.S. and globally.

Check out my recent podcast on our new Community Climate Adaptation program:

Kaven Hall 209D
+1 (508) 8315000 x5142

Scholarly Work

Kulinkina, A.V.; Kosinski, K.C.; Plummer, J.D.; Durant, J.L.; Bosompem, K.M.; Adjei, M.N.; Griffiths, J.K.; Gute, D.M.; and Naumova, E.N. 2017. Indicators of improved water access in the context of schistosomiasis transmission in rural Eastern Region, Ghana. Science of the Total Environment, 579:1745–1755.
Plummer, J.D.; Long, S.C.; Lou, Z.; and Charest, A.J. 2014. Torque Teno virus occurrence and relationship to bacterial and viral indicators in feces, wastewaters and waters in the United States. Environmental Engineering Science, 31(12): 671-680.
Plummer, J.D.; Long, S.C.; Charest, A.J.; and Roop, D.O. 2014. Bacterial and viral indicators of fecal contamination in drinking water. Journal of the American Water Works Association, 106(4): E200-E211.
Addison, E.L., Gerlach, K.T., Spellman Jr, C.D., Santilli, G., Fairbrother, A.R., Shepard, Z., Dudle, J.D. and Goodwill, J.E., 2021. Physicochemical implications of cyanobacteria oxidation with Fe (VI). Chemosphere, 128956.
Bloetscher, F., Meeroff, D., Long, S.C. and Dudle, J.D., 2020. Demonstrating the Benefits of Predictive Bayesian Dose–Response Relationships Using Six Exposure Studies of Cryptosporidium parvum. Risk Analysis, 40(11), 2442-2461.
Professional Highlights & Honors
Award for Outstanding Teaching in Environmental Engineering and Science
Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors
Professor of the Year for Massachusetts
  • CE 580. Advanced Project Management (Core)

  • CE 587. Building Information Modeling (Core)

  • CE 590. Capital Facility Planning and Financing in Private & Public Partnerships
    (Breadth - Every other year starting in AY 2020)

  • FP 580 SP: Complex Decision Making (Elective)

  • FP 570. Building Fire Safety I (Elective)

  • FP 553. Fire Protection Systems (Elective)


  • CE 584. Advanced Cost Estimating (Core)
  • OBC 505. Teaming and Organizing for Innovation
  • CE 590. Negotiation and Conflict Resolution in the Construction Industry
  • CE 590. Computer-Based Simulation for the Management of Construction Firms 
    (Breadth - Every other year starting in AY 2020)
  • Breadth Course
  • SD 550. System Dynamic Foundations: Managing Complexity (Elective - 10 weeks)
  • Elective Courses as Needed (10 weeks)
  • Elective Courses as Needed (10 weeks)

Courses listed here are fully asynchronous and do not require campus visits. Additional electives are available on-campus. For additional course offerings to satisfy your degree requirements, click here. Course offerings are subject to change. If you are interested in enrolling, please contact us for the most up-to-date information.

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Division Best Paper Award, Water Resources Sustainability Division
American Water Works Association
Board of Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Teaching
Board of Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Advising
NBC Boston
New Graduate Degree from WPI Aims to Help Combat Climate Change

Sarah Strauss, professor of integrative and global studies, and Jeanine Dudle, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, discuss the university’s new graduate program in Community Climate Adaptation. “We wanted to use our existing infrastructure and extend this at the master’s level to create an interdisciplinary program with a specific goal of helping communities adapt to the impacts of climate change,” Strauss said.

America Adapts
Adaptation U. – Mastering Climate Adaptation in Higher Education

WPI civil and environmental engineer Jeanine Dudle and global studies professor Sarah Strauss spoke with Doug Parsons, host of the popular “America Adapts” climate change podcast, about WPI’s new Community Climate Adaptation graduate program. The program will provide value for students through a unique participatory experience and generate a strong foundation for faculty research and enhanced community impacts.