Shawn McElmurryAssociate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering College of Engineering
Areas of expertiseenvironmental engineering
McElmurry is an environmental engineer specializing in infrastructure. He was recently tabbed to head up the efforts of the Flint Area Community Health and Environment Partnership, a research group studying the water system in Flint. His research aims to address fundamental gaps in our understanding of this field that prevent sustainable development and adversely impact human health. To this aim, he has worked on assessing the role dissolved organic carbon plays in the fate and transport of pollutants, developing novel sampling techniques and technologies that will provide new insight into natural and engineered systems, and assessing the behavior of emerging contaminants.
Recently, McElmurry has focused on evaluating the utility of green infrastructure and how it can be used to mitigate the impact of stormwater runoff. His research on addressing the challenges associated with decaying urban infrastructure in cities experiencing extensive population decline led McElmurry to begin working in Flint in 2010 (Faust et al. 2015). The results of this research, “Sustainability of Water and Wastewater Infrastructure in Shrinking Cities,” were published in Public Works Management & Policy in 2015. In late 2015, McElmurry returned to Flint to assess the impact of changes in the source and treatment of drinking water within the city's municipal drinking water system.
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