University of Vermont


SoE Research
Sustainable Systems


  • Britt HolménBritt Holmén (Point Person)
    Associate Professor
    Professor Holmén's areas of expertise include particle interface chemistry, airborne particle emissions and processes, herbicide gas/particle partitioning, lidar remote sensing, transportation and air quality, and nonpoint source emissions. Her research focuses on contaminant transport processes in air and soil, with an emphasis on conducting field measurements. Find out more...
  • Lisa Aultmann-HallLisa Aultmann-Hall

    Professor Aultmann-Hall is director of the UVM Transportation Center. Her areas of expertise include travel route choice and tailpipe emissions, transportation planning, freight transportation, bicycle transportation, traffic safety, and geographic information systems in transportation. Find out more...
  • Mandar DewoolkarMandar Dewoolkar
    Assistant Professor

    Professor Dewoolkar's research focuses on: soil dynamics and earthquake engineering; dams and embankments, retaining structures, and foundations; and physical and numerical modeling. He conducts his research in the laboratory, in-situ, as well as performing field testing. Find out more...
  • Doug Fletcher

    Professor Fletcher's areas of expertise are laser diagnostics of compressible flows, reacting flows, and plasmas, as well as the aerothermodynamics of planetary entry. At the von Karman Institute (VKI) in Belgium, he led research teams that supported the joint US-Europe Mars Sample Return mission (Mars Premiere), the US-Europe mission to Saturn and its moon Titan (Cassini-Huygens), and the development of hypersonic flight vehicles.
  • Jeff FrolikJeff Frolik
    Assistant Professor

    Professor Frolik's area of expertise is wireless sensor networks. He runs the Sensor Networks & Wireless Workgroup which is interested in a wide range of technologies applicable to ad-hoc wireless sensor networks (WSN) and their applications. Most projects deal with architectures and algorithms to characterize and improve the performance of these systems. Find out more...
  • Domenico GrassoDomenico Grasso
    Dean & Professor

    Professor Grasso is an environmental engineer who studies the ultimate fate of contaminants in the environment and develops new techniques to reduce the risks associated with these contaminants to human health or natural resources. His research focuses on molecular-scale processes that underlie nature and the behavior of contaminants in environmental systems. He views engineering as a bridge between science and humanity, making it particularly well suited for incorporation into liberal arts universities. Find out more...
  • Nancy HaydenNancy Hayden
    Associate Professor

    Professor Hayden is particularly interested in incorporating ecology, systems thinking, and service learning into engineering curricula. Her areas of expertise include: systems thinking and engineering education; ecological and sustainable practices related to water and wastewater treatment; water resources and drinking water source protection; treatment of soil, groundwater, and wastewater; and remediation of DNAPL contaminated soil and groundwater. Find out more...
  • Jane HillJane Hill
    Assistant Professor

    Professor Hill is director of the Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology Lab whose research seeks to measure, predict, and — in some cases — exploit the microbes that impact our health and environment. This research focuses on three areas: pathogen transport (in people, pipes, and the subsurface); nutrient cycling (organic phosphorus in water and watersheds); and biotechnology (biosensor development and enzyme discovery). Find out more...
  • Dryver HustonDryver Huston

    Professor Huston is director of the Complex, Adaptive & Precision Systems Engineering Laboratory (CAPSEL). CAPSEL investigates research areas that have yet to evolve into fully matured fields and are all based on complex systems with in-depth factor interactions. Huston's areas of expertise are smart structures, structural health monitoring, whole body vibration, spine mechanics, and precision machines. Find out more...
  • Robert JenkinsRobert Jenkins

    Professor Jenkins' areas of expertise include energy conversion, fuels utilization, and carbon materials.

  • Kurt OughstunKurt Oughstun

    Professor Oughstun's current research topics include imaging through complex media and systems, molecular optics, and pulsed inverse optics. His research interests include asymptotic analysis; the frequency-domain and time-domain representations of electromagnetic, optical, and acoustic wave fields; electromagnetic properties of dielectric, conducting, and semiconducting materials; diffraction and scattering theory; coherence theory; the rigorous description of dispersive pulse propagation in both linear and nonlinear media and waveguiding structures; nonlinear optics; and laser physics. Find out more...
  • George PinderGeorge Pinder

    Professor Pinder performs research activities in the Research Center for Groundwater Remediation Design (RCGRD), which is dedicated to the creation and dissemination of knowledge on computer-based technology that is designed to achieve least-cost solutions to contamination problems. Professor Pinder's areas of expertise include groundwater behavior, numerical modeling, and experimental studies of multiphase media. Find out more...
  • Donna RizzoDonna Rizzo
    Assistant Professor

    Dr. Rizzo's research uses geostatistics and computational techniques, including artificial neural networks (ANNs), to solve problems in diverse areas such as groundwater remediation, medical imaging, and disease prediction in crops. Find out more...
  • Walter VarhueWalter Varhue

    Professor Varhue's area of expertise is plasma processing of thin film materials.