Dr. Emily Kumpel is an Assistant Professor in the Environmental and Water Resources Engineering (EWRE) group in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Dr. Kumpel has been an Assistant Professor at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst since January 2017. Before joining UMass, she was a Senior Research Scientist at the Aquaya Institute, in Nairobi, Kenya.  Dr. Kumpel has conducted research on intermittent water distribution systems in India, water quality monitoring across Africa, and ICTs for water, sanitation, and hygiene. Dr. Kumpel earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering in the Civil Systems Program from the University of California, Berkeley, and her B.S. in mechanical engineering from Johns Hopkins University.
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Current Graduate Students
Nelson da Luz (PhD Student)

Mimi Alkattan (MS Student)
LeighAnn D’Andrea (MS Student)

Current Undergraduate Researchers
– Stephen Stamegna

– Hannah Wharton
– Akshay Delity

Farah Rawas (BS ’18)
– Siddhi Rathi (visiting researcher from Vellore Institute of Technology, Spring 2018)

Joining the group. If you are interested in joining our research group to work on research related to drinking water and sanitation quality, access, and reliability in developing countries and in the US, please contact me (ekumpel (at) umass (dot) edu) with which elements of the research described on these pages interests you, as well as your experience and how you would fit into the group. Applications to the CEE department at UMass are due in early January every year.

Current Students

Nelson da Luz is currently pursuing his PhD in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Manhattan College. He also received a Master of Engineering degree in Environmental Engineering from Manhattan College. His research there focused on development of a sediment transport model for the tidal freshwater Hudson River and a model for bioaccumulation of PCBs in benthic invertebrates. He also served as a research assistant working on the Contamination Assessment and Reduction Project for NY/NJ Harbor. Nelson started his PhD at UMass Amherst in the Fall of 2017. His research will focus on Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment (QMRA) applications in WASH for low and middle income countries. When he’s not doing research, Nelson enjoys exploring cities, hiking, canoeing, and board games.

Mimi Alkattan is currently pursuing their PhD in Environmental and Water Resource Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Mimi received a Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in Environmental & Water Resource Engineering from Hampshire College. As an undergraduate, Mimi conducted research on the removal of a persistent pharmaceutical compound from wastewater with a newly emerging water treatment agent. Also as an undergraduate, Mimi served as a project manager for a student chapter of Engineers Without Borders. Prior to graduate school, Mimi joined the Peace Corps and served as a community health agent in Guinea, West Africa. Mimi’s research interests include water treatment, sanitation, and public health. Mimi enjoys reading, coffee, travel, and photography.

LeighAnn D’Andrea is currently pursuing her MS in Environmental and Water Resource Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She received her BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UMass Amherst in May 2017 and she received a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Air Force from AFROTC UMass Detachment 370. Upon earning her Masters Degree she will enter Active Duty as an Officer of Civil Engineering. LeighAnn enjoys figure skating, reading, and traveling.

Former Group Members

Farah Rawas (BS 2018) is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College with a BA in Environmental Studies. She is continuing as a post-baccalaureate student in Civil and Environmental Engineering at UMass Amherst. She is passionate about combining scientific research, engineering skills, and principles of sustainable design to solve modern-day environmental issues. Her previous projects include designing a wetland restoration site in South Hadley, MA, and serving as a student fellow for the Grounds and Campus Field Research Committee at Mount Holyoke College. As part of her Wetlands Ecology class in Spring 2017, she proposed a research experiment to answer the question: Do plant biomass and species richness in constructed wetlands affect the total phosphorous removal from domestic wastewater? Her proposal increased her interest in both wastewater and drinking water infrastructure systems, and current innovation in this field. She is currently studying the variability of water supply services in developing countries through focusing on reported data as well as household surveys. She hopes to focus her work in the future on bringing better water sanitation and hygiene to the 40% of the world that needs it, especially where she comes from, which is Beirut, Lebanon. Outside engineering and ecosystem science, she works as a resident assistant at UMass, teaches Arabic in the Five College Consortium, and you can probably find her at Latin dance socials in town.