The Environmental Sensors Lab develops new sensors, instruments, and signal processing strategies to optimize our ability to study the natural and built environments. Our interdisciplinary team brings together engineers and scientists with different interests, perspectives, and expertise to tackle important challenges in science, remediation, energy, and manufacturing processes: characterizing nutrients in natural systems at high spatial and temporal frequency, enabling next-generation waste water treatment strategies, facilitating online controls for distributed renewable energy systems, and real-time process outflow water quality monitoring.
In these projects we combine a deep understanding of environmental chemistry and collaborative process characterization with unique use of embedded systems, electronic and electrochemical sensors, wireless networking, signal processing, machine learning, and closed-loop controls. The lab has both an electronics/sensors development space, housed at the Northeastern Marine Science Center in Nahant, MA, and a chemistry lab (general chemistry and trace-metal clean) on Northeastern’s Boston campus, welcoming contributions from many dimensions of expertise in tackling these challenges!
New research results!
Preliminary results of our study of the environmental conditions experience by riders of the MBTA light rail services in Boston Metro area are now available! Data linked to maps and rail line routes were presented at the 2020 Boston Area Research Initiative Conference and can be explored through our online portal here.
The Environmental Sensing Lab is not currently recruiting doctoral candidates but has evolving opportunities for research at the undergraduate and masters level nearly every semester. For more information about 4-6-12 month projects students should contact the PI directly.