Alumni Survey and ESE Centennial (2020-2021)Request to Alumni from the ESE Chair
I would like to request your feedback about your experiences as a student and alumnus/a of the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering (ESE) by completing a brief survey.
Please follow this link to the survey, or copy and paste the URL below into your internet browser to complete the survey: https://unc.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6hTrCJbicG4DHdr. Please complete the survey by Nov. 20, 2018.
As part of a self-study exercise and ESE strategic planning efforts, the results will help us determine how to improve the education our students receive.
Also, please note that the department will celebrate its centennial in 2020-2021, culminating in an alumni reunion in early April 2021. I hope that you will keep us informed of any email address changes, so we can share details when they become available.
Thank you very much for your participation in the survey and the upcoming Centennial Celebration.
Barbara Turpin, PhD
Chair of the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering
Gillings School of Global Public Health
2018 ESE Distinguished Alumnus
Kellogg Schwab (MS ’91 and PhD’95), Abel Wolman Professor in Water and Public Health in the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and Director of the JHU Water Institute, is the 2018 Environmental Sciences and Engineering Distinguished Alumnus. Read more
The Water Institute integrates Hopkins researchers from public health, engineering, chemistry, materials science, medicine, behavior, policy, and economic disciplines to address the critical nexus of water, food, and energy.
The goal of this program is to achieve sustainable, scalable solutions for domestic, agricultural, and industrial water challenges. Dr. Schwab’s research laboratory focuses on environmental microbiology and engineering with an emphasis on the fate and transport of chemicals, emerging contaminants and pathogenic microorganisms in water, food, and the environment. Current research projects involve investigating innovative water reuse treatment options as well as improving environmental detection methods for noroviruses (the leading cause of non-bacterial gastroenteritis worldwide). He is also working with Hopkins colleagues to integrate mobile data collection to assess family planning along with water, sanitation and hygiene around the world.
2018 Distinguished Alumnus
Kellogg Schwab, PhD
Award Presentation and Seminar
November 7, 2018
NC Blue Cross Blue Shield Auditorium (0001 MHRC)
The Awards Committee of the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering seeks nominations for its Distinguished Alumni Award in January each year. This award has honored 28 individuals since its inception 19 years ago. Many graduates of ESE have had noteworthy careers and are deserving of recognition.
Read more about previous award recipients
Margaret (Peggy) Layne, Walter Lynn, David McNelis, Pat Mulholland, Ray Oglesby, Rob Shimp, K. Hosny Mancy, Anthony (Terry) Rolan, Billy Turner, Brian Ramaley, James Edzwald, David Johnson, Des Lawler, Greg Allgood, Alan Rimer, John Young, Virginia S. Houk, Marjorie Aelion, Doug Owen, Charles Rodes, Pete Kolsky, Leonard A. Smock, Gerald Speitel, and Stephen Morse, M. Katherine Banks (flyer), Chris Schulz, Andrea Dietrich, Grace Robinson Hyde (flyer), Marla Smith-Nilson.
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