WashU EECE announces new faculty hires

Two new faculty members have joined the Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering in the McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis.

Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering

Zhen (Jason) He, professor

  • PhD, environmental engineering, Washington University in St. Louis
  • MSc, environmental engineering, Technical University of Denmark
  • BS, environmental engineering, Tongji University, China

He joins the McKelvey Engineering School from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), where he is a professor in the Charles E. Via, Jr., Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He joined Virginia Tech in 2013 as an associate professor and was named full professor in 2017. Previously, he was an assistant professor in the Department of Civil Engineering & Mechanics at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Southern California. He joins the faculty Jan. 2, 2020.

His research centers on environmental biotechnology, bioenergy production, biological wastewater treatment, resource recovery, bioelectrochemical systems, sustainable desalination technology, anaerobic digestion, forward osmosis and membrane bioreactors. He has received numerous awards for his scholarship, including being recognized as a highly cited researcher by Clarivate Analytics in 2018 and the Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize in 2018. He is co-editor-in-chief for Environment International, co-editor-in-chief for Journal of Hazardous Materials, and editor-in-chief for the journal Water Environmental Research.

Randall Martin, professor

  • PhD and MS, engineering sciences, Harvard University
  • MSc, environmental change and management, Oxford University
  • BS, electrical engineering, Cornell University

Martin joins EECE from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, where he has been on the faculty since 2003. He was named professor in 2011. He is the coordinator of the atmospheric science program and director of the Atmosphere Composition Analysis Group. Since 2003, he also has been a research associate at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, where he also was a postdoctoral fellow. He serves on a variety of task forces, advisory boards and working groups as an expert on air quality. He joined the faculty July 1.

Martin's research focuses on characterizing atmospheric composition to inform effective policies surrounding major environmental and public health challenges ranging from air quality to climate change. He leads a research group at the interface of satellite remote sensing and global modeling, with applications that include population exposure for health studies, top-down constraints on emissions, and analysis of processes that affect atmospheric composition. Data from his group has been used for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Regional Well-Being Index, for World Health Organization estimates of global mortality due to fine particulate matter, for the Global Burden of Disease Project to examine the risk factors affecting global public health, for the Environmental Performance Index, and for a wide range of health studies.