Principal Investigator

Professor Linda Weavers

Linda Weavers holds the John C. Geupel Endowed Chair in Civil Engineering and is Professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering at The Ohio State University.  In addition, Dr. Weavers is co-Director of the Ohio Water Resources Center, the federally authorized and state-designated Water Resources Research Institute for the State of Ohio and is co-Lead in the Sustainability Institute Healthy Air, Land, and Water Program Area.  As co-director of the Ohio Water Resources Center, Dr. Weavers regularly connects academic researchers in Ohio with water stakeholders to solve Ohio’s water resources challenges.  After obtaining her B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota, she received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Environmental Engineering Science from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech).  She is a licensed professional engineer in Ohio and board certified environmental engineer.

Dr. Weavers’ research is multi-pronged with a focus on developing water and hazardous waste treatment technologies, promoting innovation in the water industry and determining fate of emerging contaminants in water systems. She is an expert on the use of ultrasound in environmental systems including contaminant degradation, sediment remediation, control of harmful algal blooms, and membrane defouling; advanced oxidation processes including ultrasound, ozone, periodate, and persulfate; coal combustion byproduct reuse; and innovation in water treatment. Current research projects investigate ultrasound for emerging contaminant treatment, ultrasonic defouling of membranes, ultrasonic control of harmful algal blooms, fate of poly- and per-fluoro alkyl substances (PFAS), and developing design standards for emerging water technologies.

She has received over $20 M in research funding and has over 100 research publications. She has received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), and the American Association of University Women Emerging Scholar Award for her research. She twice received the Distinguished Service Award from the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP).

In addition to her research, Dr. Weavers coordinates the capstone course for environmental engineering, teaches a study abroad course on sustainability and resilience in Italy, has taught courses on water treatment and hazardous waste remediation, and co-taught risk assessment joint with colleagues in Public Health.  Dr. Weavers founded and ran for six years an engineering summer camp for middle school girls.  She is past-president of AEESP and editorial board member for Ultrasonics Sonochemistry.

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Current CV – 2021

Podcast interview by U Pitt students in Dr. Leanne Gilbertson’s Spring Semester 2022 Chemistry in Environmental Engineering class.