Leadership Team

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Leadership Team 2017-07-19T00:47:56+00:00

Diego Rosso

Director University of California, IrvineCivil and Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Diego Rosso is an Associate Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and is the Director of the Water-Energy Nexus Center at UCI. Since 2000, he has been investigating the water-energy-carbon nexus and water reclamation and reuse processes. His research portfolio, to date exceeding $2M, has been supported by federal and state funding, and from a variety of industrial sources. He is a Chemical Engineering Laureate from the University of Padua in Italy and earned a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from UCLA.

Russ Detwiler

Associate Director University of California, IrvineCivil and Environmental Engineering

Dr. Detwiler is interested in fluid flow processes in porous and fractured media, including multiphase flow and transport, and the chemical/biological/mechanical alteration of subsurface properties. Understanding the scaling behavior of these often-coupled processes is critical to a broad range of current challenges including: remediation of groundwater contaminants; subsurface CO2 sequestration; geothermal energy production; and nuclear waste isolation.Dr. Detwiler’s current research integrates detailed laboratory measurements of pore-scale to core-scale processes with the development and evaluation of mechanistic computational models. Ongoing efforts to scale these computational models to parallel computing architectures provides a robust approach for quantitatively extrapolating laboratory-scale observations to field-scale systems. Prof. Detwiler holds a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado.

Sunny Jiang

Associate Director University of California, IrvineCivil and Environmental Engineering

Dr. Jiang’s research group focuses on applied and environmental microbiology. Research projects in her lab include investigation of seawater desalination biofouling, deep subsurface sludge disposal and energy regeneration, microbial water quality and microbial ecology of harmful algal blooms. Please see Jiang’s laboratory webpage for additional information.