Varun K. Kasaraneni

  • Assistant Professor
    Environmental Science & Engr.

Courses Taught

  • Water and Wastewater Treatment (ENV 451 / GENV 551)
  • Water and Wastewater Treatment Lab (ENV 453 / GENV 553)
  • Environmental Research Methods (GENV 692)
  • Solid Waste Management (ENV 477 / GENV 577)
  • Environmental Engineering (ENV 403 / GENV 643)
  • Senior Design I (ENV 494)
  • Senior Design II (ENV 495)

Educational History

• Ph.D.,  University of Rhode Island,  Civil and Environmental Engineering  (2015)                                              
• M.S.,   Youngstown State University, Civil and Environmental Engineering (2008)                                          
• B.S.,    Acharya Nagarjuna University, Civil Engineering (2005)

Professional Experience

• Assistant Professor                Aug 2017 - Present
   Department of Environmental Science and Engineering
    Gannon University,  Erie, PA

• Visiting Assistant Professor             Aug 2015  -  Aug 2017
   Department of Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences
    Wilkes University,  Wilkes Barre, PA

Professional Societies

  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
  • Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP)

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journal Publications
  1. Chalbot, M. C. G., Pirela, S. V., Schifman, L., Kasaraneni, V., Oyanedel-Craver, V., Bello, D., ... & Demokritou, P. (2017). Synergistic effects of engineered nanoparticles and organics released from laser printers using nano-enabled toners: potential health implications from exposures to the emitted organic aerosol. Environmental Science: Nano.
  2. Kasaraneni, Varun K; Oyanedel-Craver, Vinka. (2016). Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Contamination in Soils of San Mateo Ixtatán, Guatemala: Occurrence, Sources, and Health Risk Assessment. Journal of Environmental Quality.
  3. Schifman, L. A., Kasaraneni, V. K., Sullivan, R. K., Oyanedel-Craver, V., & Boving, T. B. (2016). Bacteria Removal from Stormwater Runoff Using Tree Filters: A Comparison of a Conventional and an Innovative System. Water,8 (3), 76.
  4. Schifman, L. A., Kasaraneni, V., Sullivan, R. K., Craver, V. O., & Boving, T. B. (2015). New antimicrobially amended media for improved non-point source bacterial pollution treatment. Environmental Science & Technology. 49 (24), pp 14383 -14391.
  5. Kasaraneni, Varun K.; Schifman, Laura A.; Boving, Thomas B; Oyanedel-Craver, Vinka. (2014). Enhancement of surface runoff quality using modified sorbents. ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering 2.7: 1609-1615.
  6. Kasaraneni, V.; Kohm, S. E.; Eberle, D.; Boving, T.; Oyanedel-Craver, V. (2014). Enhanced containment of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons through organic modification of soils. Environmental Progress & Sustainable Energy 33.1: 47-54

Peer Reviewed Book Chapters

  1. Laura A. Schifman, Varun K. Kasaraneni, and Vinka Oyanedel-Craver.  Contaminant Accumulation in Stormwater Retention and Detention Pond Sediments: Implications for Maintenance and Ecological Health. Integrated and Sustainable Environmental Remediation. January 1, 2018 , 123-153 DOI:10.1021/bk-2018-1302.ch007

Scholarship/Research

My research interests can be broadly divided in to three areas as follows:

  1. Advanced stormwater treatment to protect surface water quality: Stormwater is a leading cause of surface water pollution around the world. It is a conduit for several pollutants such as nutrients, pesticides, heavy metals, bacteria. My research focuses on developing and testing engineered filter media that is capable of removing a wide range of pollutants from stormwater runoff.  One of the novel factors of my work is developing filter media by incorporating nanoparticles and organic polymers into agricultural waste products. Presence of excessive nitrates and phosphorous is major cause of Harmful algal blooms. One of the current projects is developing biochar-alumina composite materials for enhanced removal of phosphorous and nitrates from stormwater runoff.   
  2. Drinking water treatment technologies for developing communities: Developing communities around the world lack infrastructure to provide clean and safe drinking water leading to illness and death to millions of residents. My research in this area focuses on developing and enhancing domestic point of use water treatment technologies (POUs) such as sand filters, ceramic bucket filters.  Most POU technologies don’t meet the drinking water standard by US EPA. My students are currently working on enhancing treatment capabilities of sand filters by incorporating of biochar-nano composite materials. 
  3. Environmental accumulation, fate and transport of emerging contaminants: Quantifying the levels of contamination and understanding the fate and transport properties of contaminants in environmental systems is key to mitigate environmental and public health hazards. Work in progress in this area is on transport properties of Cyanobacteria and Cyanotoxins in soils adjacent to eutrophic lakes and ponds (Harmful algal blooms) and levels of Cyanotoxins in groundwater in Lake Erie basin.

Other topics of interest include environmental applications and implications of nanomaterials, recycling and microplastics in urban environment.


 

Service

Professional Service

      Journal reviewer

  • International Journal of environmental science and technology
  • International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
  • Environmental Engineering science
  • Environmental Progress & Sustainable Energy
  • Journal of Hazardous Materials
  • Nanotechnology for Environmental Engineering
  • Science of Total Environment
  • Water, Air, & Soil Pollution

      ASCE’s Environmental & Water Resources Institute

  • Reviewer and Session moderator for groundwater quality 2018, 2019
  • Member Groundwater Quality Committee 2017- present
  • Member Renewable Energy Technologies  2018 - present

      Penn State Behrend-Sigma Xi Undergraduate Research conference

  • Session Chair and Reviewer for Environmental Science Session 2018

 

Community service

  • Erie HACK 2019 Steering committee member 2019
  • Glass recycling committee member 2019
  • Erie Earth day festival steering committee member 2019

 

University Service

  • Director, Regional Summer School of Excellence 2019
  • Physics - faculty search committee  2018
  • Industrial Engineering- faculty search committee  2019

 

 

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