My name is Varun Kasaraneni. I was born in India and grew up on the banks of river Krishna in the city of Vijayawada. I moved to the states for my graduate studies over 15 years ago and now, I am an assistant professor at Gannon University, Erie, PA.
My interest in environmental engineering was sparked as a result of witnessing increasing pollution in river Krishna due to urbanization. My research work focuses is in the areas of Urban pollution, Stormwater management, Plastic pollution and Drinking water treatment. In my current research projects, we are working to understanding how urban litter contributes to plastic pollution in great lakes and develop solutions to remove micro- and macro plastics from water.
I did my undergrad degree in Civil Engineering at Acharya Nagarjuna University (India) and my master’s and Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Youngstown State University and University of Rhode Island respectively. I worked for two years as Visiting Assistant Professor at Wilkes University, PA. I currently live in Erie with my wife (Sarvani).
• 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)
• 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