Faculty Profile

Thanh Huong Nguyen

Civil and Environmental Engineering
Thanh Huong Nguyen
Thanh Huong Nguyen
Associate Professor
3213 Newmark Civil Engineering Bldg
205 N. Mathews
Urbana Illinois 61801
(217) 244-5965

Administrative Titles

  • CEE Excellence Faculty Fellow

Primary Research Area

  • Environmental Engineering and Science

Education

  • Ph.D. Environmental Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2005
  • M.S. Environmental Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2004
  • M.S. Earth and Environmental Science, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2000
  • B.S. Geology, Ivan Franko National University of L'viv, 1995

Biography

Helen Nguyen holds a B.S. with Honors in Geology (Ivan Franko National University of L'viv, Ukraine, 1995), an M.S. in Earth and Environmental Science (University of Illinois at Chicago, 2000), an M.S. in Environmental Engineering (Johns Hopkins University, 2004), and a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering (Johns Hopkins University, 2005).

Dr. Nguyen joined the faculty of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in November 2006 where she teaches graduate and undergraduate classes in environmental engineering, with an emphasis on physico-chemical processes for water and wastewater treatments.

Dr. Nguyen is a member of the American Chemical Society (Environmental Chemistry Division and Colloid and Surface Chemistry division), the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors. Prior to joining UIUC, Dr. Nguyen was a Gaylord Donnelley Environmental Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale University.  Dr. Nguyen is the recipient of the 2006 AEESP/CH2M Hill Outstanding Dissertation Award and 2010 NSF CAREER award.

Dr Nguyen is a faculty advisor for an Engineers Without Borders team that won: Engineering Open House - 1st Place in the Real World Category; Central State Water Environment Association and Water Environment Federation Student Design Competition - 1st Place; National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges Summit Student Poster Competition - 1st Place, EPA P3 (People, Prosperity and the Planet) phase I and II award , 2010. Dr Nguyen also received the ASCE-EWB Sustainable Development Award for advising an EWB team that develops a sustainable engineering solution that explores innovative ways of effectively capturing and utilizing resources, 2010.

Academic Positions

  • Affiliate, Institute for Genomic Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (0%), Oct. 2015-present
  • Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (100%), Aug. 2013-present.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (100%), Nov. 2006-Aug. 2013.
  • Postdoctoral Associate, Environmental Engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering, Environmental Engineering Program, Yale University (100%), Advisor: Professor Menachem Elimelech, 2005-2006.

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Research Statement

Dr. Nguyen￿s research goal is to develop conceptual models that aid in assessing the human and ecological risks associated with biological contaminants in subsurface environments and water treatment systems. Specific areas of interest are waterborne pathogen removal for water and wastewater treatment, and fate and transport of antibiotic resistant bacteria in subsurface environment. Dr Nguyen￿s group applies sophisticated experimental techniques from the field of molecular biology, microbiology, colloidal/interfacial chemistry, and environmental engineering.

Graduate Research Opportunities

I currently advise 12 graduate students, including 6 Master students and 6 PhD students.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

I currently advise 10 undergrad students doing research on pathogen removal.

Research Interests

  • Pathogens in drinking water distribution system
  • Pathogen interactions with environmental surfaces
  • Transport of fate of biomacromolecules and waterborne pathogens in the environment

Selected Articles in Journals

Articles in Conference Proceedings

  • Lu R., Li, Q., Nguyen, T.H., Random sequential adsorption of human adenovirus on membrane surface, The 250th ACS National Meeting, Boston, Aug., 2015
  • Shen, Y., Espinosa-Marzal, R., Morgenroth, E., Ashbolt, N, J. Liu, W.-T. Nguyen, T. H., Response of simulated drinking water biofilm mechanical and structural properties to long-term disinfectant exposure. WQTC 2015, Salt lake city, UT, Nov 15-20th, 2015
  • Shen, Y., Espinosa-Marzal, R., Morgenroth, E., Ashbolt, N, J. Liu, W.-T. Nguyen, T. H., Effect of long-term disinfectant exposure on mechanical and structural properties of biofilms. IWA Biofilm Conference 2015, Arosa, Switzerland, Aug 23 ￿ 26th, 2015
  • Romero-Maraccini, O.C., Shisler, J.L.,Thanh H. Nguyen. Aspects of human rotavirus inactivation mechanisms as examined by quantitative PCR: Roles of solar irradiation and temperature, 248th ACS National Meeting, San Francisco, CA, Aug. 10-14, 2014.
  • Romero-Maraccini, O.C., Holyoke, L., Rosado-Lausell, S.L., Wang, H., Pugh, C.R., Guest, J.S., Croue, J.P., Thanh H. Nguyen. The benefit of organic matter in wastewater treatment: its role as a disinfectant, 248th ACS National Meeting, San Francisco, CA, Aug. 10-14, 2014.
  • Wang, H., Narihiro, T., Straub, A.P., Pugh, C.R., Tamaki, H., Moor, J.F., Bradley, I.M., Liu, W.-T. and Nguyen, T.H. Role of Diverse Microbial Communities in Bacteriophage MS2 Removal in Biosand Filters, 248th ACS National Meeting, San Francisco, CA, Aug. 10-14, 2014
  • Liu, Y, Dong, S., Kuhlenschmidt, M.S., Kuhlenschmidt, T.B., Drnevich, J., Nguyen, T.H., Solar inactivation mechanisms of Cryptosporidium parvum oocyst, 248th ACS National Meeting, San Francisco, California, August 10-14, 2014
  • Nguyen, T.H., Lu, N., Liu, Y., Pore scaled transport of microorganisms, Keynote presentation, 248th ACS National Meeting, San Francisco, California, August 10-14, 2014
  • Ruiqing Lu, Qi Li, Thanh H. Nguyen (2014). Removal of Human Adenovirus in Wastewater by Membrane Bio-Reactor. The Fourth International Conference on Emerging Contaminants in the Environment. Iowa City.
  • Wang, H., Narihiro, T., Straub, A., Pugh, C., Tamaki, H., Moor, J., Bradley, I., Liu, W.-T. and Nguyen, T.H. Role of Diverse Microbial Communities in Bacteriophage MS2 Removal in Biosand Filters, Borchardt Conference, Ann Arbor, MI, Feb. 25 - 26, 2014

Invited Lectures

  • Global water and food safety
  • Global water and food safety
  • Global water and food safety
  • Global water and food safety
  • Global water and food safety
  • What can we do to control rotavirus contamination of surface water?
  • Rotavirus interaction with Natural Organic Matter
  • What can we do to control rotavirus contamination of surface water?
  • What can we do to control rotavirus contamination of surface water?
  • Environmental biointerface research at university of Illinois

Other Publications

  • Wobus, C.E. and Nguyen, T.H. (2012) Viruses are everywhere - what do we do? Current Opinion in Virology 2(1), 60-62.

Journal Editorships

  • Guest co-editor for Environmental Virology issue of Current Opinions in Virology, 2012

Professional Societies

  • Member of AEESP Award Committee 2013-present
  • Member of Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors, 2002-present
  • Member of American Geophysical Union, 2006-present
  • Member of American Chemical Society, 2002-present

Service on Department Committees

  • EES lab director 2013-2016
  • EES graduate admission coordinator 2012-2014
  • Staff search committee, 2013
  • Faculty search committee, 2012-2013
  • Ad-hoc committee to review EES qualifying exams, academic year 2010-2011
  • Lead, Assistant Professor Forum, organized faculty retreat in Spring 2010
  • Engineering Open House committee, Spring 2010

Service on College Committees

  • Course review committee for Environmental Organic Chemistry, 2010

Service to Federal and State Government

  • USEPA review panel, 2011
  • NSF MRI panel review, June 2010
  • USDA panel review, June 2009, Water and watershed
  • NSF panel review, June 2007, May 2009, May 2010, May 2013 Environmental Engineering, CBET.

Other Outside Service

  • Paper review: Environmental Science and Technology, Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, Organic Geochemistry, Journal of Environmental Engineering, Biomacromolecules, Langmuir, Water Research, Chemosphere, Journal of Environmental Quality, Journal of American Chemical Society.

Research Honors

  • University of Illinois College of Engineering Award for Research Excellence (Associate Professor Level) (2016)
  • Fulbright Specialty Fellowship to Israel (2016)
  • National Institute of Health and Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Invitation Fellowship (2015)
  • EPA P3 phase 2 honorary mentioned (2014)
  • Excellence in Review Award for Environmental Science & Technology (2013)
  • University of Illinois College of Engineering Award for Research Excellence (Assistant Professor Level) (2012)

Other Honors

  • Engineering Open House - 1st Place in the Real World Category (2014)
  • University of Illinois Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering award in undergraduate advising (2012)
  • Water Environment Federation Student Design Competition ￿ 2nd Place (advisor) (2010)
  • National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges National Summit Student Competition - 1st Place (advisor) (2010)
  • Engineering Open House - 1st Place in the Real World Category; Central State Water Environment Association and Water Environment Federation Student Design Competition - 1st Place; National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges Midwest Summit Student Poster Competition - 1st Place (advisor). (2010)
  • ASCE-EWB Sustainable Development Award (2010)