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 two chemistry labs (general chemistry and trace-metal clean) on Northeastern’s Boston campus, welcoming contributions from many dimensions of expertise in tackling these challenges!
The Environmental Sensing Lab is currently recruiting at two PhD candidates:
1. The ideal candidate would have some expertise in hardware (e.g., Arduino, Raspberry Pi) and software (e.g., C, Python, R, Matlab) and interest in applying these skills to compelling challenges in environmental study and protection, with a focus on real-time high resolution water quality monitoring.
2. Candidate should have prior experience in chemical lab analysis, preferably for inorganic compounds (e.g., AA, IC, Hach kits) or for metals (ICP-MS), and interest in characterization and analysis of municipal/industrial processes (e.g., wastewater treatment), legacy contamination sources in the environment (e.g., heavy metals), and/or nutrient fluxes in productivity-limited environments.
The Environmental Sensing Lab welcomes MS and undergraduate participation in research. For more information about 6-12 month projects students should contact the PI directly.