Faculty Profile

Ashlynn S. Stillwell

Civil and Environmental Engineering
 Ashlynn S. Stillwell
Ashlynn S. Stillwell
Assistant Professor
2521 Hydrosystems Lab
205 N. Mathews
Urbana Illinois 61801
(217) 244-6507

Primary Research Area

  • Environmental Hydrology and Hydraulic Engineering

Education

  • Ph.D. Civil Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, 2013
  • M.P.Aff. Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin, 2010
  • M.S. Environmental and Water Resources Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, 2010
  • B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Missouri-Columbia, 2006

Biography

Dr. Ashlynn Stillwell is an Assistant Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Missouri (2006), and an M.S. in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering (2010), M.P.Aff in Public Affairs (2010), and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (2013) from The University of Texas at Austin. Her previous work experience includes consulting engineering at Burns & McDonnell (2006-2007) and policy research at the Congressional Research Service (2009). Dr. Stillwell received the 2015 Girl Scouts of Central Illinois Woman of Distinction Award in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, and has been among the List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Girl Scouts of Central Illinois and Faith in Place. Her research interests include the water impacts of thermoelectric power generation, urban water and energy sustainability, and environmental policy.

Academic Positions

  • Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2017-present; 0% time
  • Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment, 2015-present; 0% time
  • Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2013-present; 100% time

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Research Statement

Energy and water are two critical resources that are highly interconnected. Delivery of clean drinking water and adequate sanitation of wastewater depend on reliable energy supplies. Mining and refining of fuels, cultivation of energy crops, and generation of electricity depend on water resources with varying, location-specific impacts to water quantity and quality. The intricacies of energy and water resources overlap with public policy such that a need exists for coordinated efforts between engineers and policymakers regarding resource management and use. In the Stillwell Research Group, we are training new leaders in the energy-water nexus field who combine engineering and policy into useful tools for resource management.

Research Interests

  • urban water and energy sustainability, electricity and water resources, green stormwater infrastructure, energy and water policy analysis

Selected Articles in Journals

Professional Societies

  • Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors; 2013-present
  • American Society of Civil Engineers, Environmental and Water Resources Institute; 2012-present; Past Chair of Sustainability Committee; Member of Environmental and Water Resources Systems committee; Member of Energy & Environment Nexus committee

Other Outside Service

  • Faith in Place; Chair, Board of Directors, 2013-present
  • Girl Scouts of Central Illinois; Board of Directors member, Coordinator for annual "Girl Power" STEM event at Abbott Power Plant, 2015-present
  • Girl Scouts of the USA; volunteer, former leader, Gold Award recipient, life member

Teaching Honors

  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students (Spring 2017)
  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students (Fall 2016)
  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students (Fall 2015)
  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students (Spring 2015)
  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students (Fall 2014)

Public Service Honors

  • Girl Scouts of Central Illinois Woman of Distinction in the area of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (4/22/2015)

Other Honors

  • Environmental Science & Technology Excellence in Review Award (10/28/2016)

Improvement Activities

  • Collins Scholars, Academy for Excellence in Engineering Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2013-2014