Wayne State University

Project collaborators

Nancy G. Love, Ph.D, PE, BCEE 
Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan

Love is a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Michigan. She served as chair of the department from January 2008 to August 2011, and Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Initiatives in the Rackham School of Graduate Studies at the University of Michigan from 2011 through December 2012. She has distinct expertise in evaluating the fate of chemicals, pathogens and contaminants of emerging concern in water, the use of technologies to sense and remove these entities, approaches to recover useful products from constituents in water, and modeling skills that can be used in cooperation with experimental approaches to inform research directions and needs. 

She was inducted as a Fellow of the Water Environment Federation in 2011 and the International Water Association in 2014. She has been involved with a wide range of collaborative research projects totaling $17 million (total). She has published 80 peer-reviewed journal articles, 2 book chapters, 3 peer-reviewed research reports, and over 200 conference papers, abstracts, presentations, invited lectures and research editorials. In 2011, she co-authored the third edition of the textbook Biological Wastewater Treatment with Les Grady, Glen Daigger and Carlos Filipe.

Love has B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois, a Ph.D. in Environmental Systems Engineering from Clemson University, and is a licensed professional engineer (P.E.) in the state of Michigan. 

Susan J. Masten, Ph.D, PE
Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Michigan State University

Masten's research involves the use of chemical oxidants for the remediation of soils, water, and leachates contaminated with hazardous organic chemicals. Masten has been working etensively to develop water treatment technologies that are more effective and suitable for use in decentralized water treatment systems. Over the last year, she has also begun to evaluate water treatment technologies for developing countries, and is looking at improving the ceramic water purifiers for pathogen removal. She has conducted extensive research on the use of this technology for the control of disinfection by-products, nanoparticles, bromate, and pharmaceuticals in drinking water. This process uses the nanoassembly of metal oxides on membrane surfaces.

Masten is well-known for her research on the in-situ use of gaseous ozone to oxidize residual contaminants in saturated soils using ozone sparging and in unsaturated soils using soil venting. She has studied the toxicity of the by-products of chemical oxidation processes as measured by gap junction intercellular communication (GJIC). Advanced oxidation processes involving ozonation for the oxidation of the polychlorinated benzenes have been investigated by students in her research group. 

Susan earned her Ph.D in environmental engineering from Harvard University.

Joanne Smith-Darden, Ph.D
Assistant Professor for Research, School of Social Work, Wayne State University

Smith-Darden is an applied researcher and interdisciplinary scholar. Dr. Smith-Darden's research examines the interface between early relational maltreatment, attachment, and cognitive processing; particularly auditory and language processing. She has significant experience in conducting large community and school based studies that examine the impact of early relational trauma on future perpetration as well as physical, psychological, cognitive, and educational outcomes associated with the experience of trauma and/or violence. Smith-Darden's work is driven by over thirty years of experience working with vulnerable populations.

She holds degrees in special education, speech and language pathology, social work and developmental psychology and obtained an interdisciplinary doctorate in Social Work and Developmental Psychology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2008.

Joanne Sobeck, Ph.D
Associate Dean for Research, School of Social Work, Wayne State University

Prior to joining the Wayne State University School of Social Work faculty, Sobeck was on staff at the Addiction Research Institute for 15 years. While there, she conducted research that examined predictors of adolescent alcohol and other drug use and tested prevention strategies implemented in large community contexts and school-based settings. Since joining the Wayne State University School of Social Work, her research has expanded to include capacity building with nonprofit organizations, applications of evidence-based programs in community settings, and processes related to program development, implementation science, and evaluation.

Sobeck is the Associate Dean for Research and Director for the Center for Social Work Research, where she directs strategies related to building infrastructure to support faculty research and engaging community partnerships to develop and evaluate best practices in social work interventions. She is active in the American Indian community and serves on several nonprofit boards. Her combined experiences and publications in community-based research and capacity building provide a strong basis for her teaching and mentoring.