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Jeseth
Delgado Vela

Contact

Office: 
L.K. Downing Hall, Room 3030A
Phone: 
202-806-6630
Email: 
jeseth.delgadovela@howard.edu

Faculty Details

Rank: 
Assistant Professor
Education: 
  • PhD Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan 2018
  • M.S.E Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan, 2014
  • B.S. Civil Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, 2012
Speciality: 
  • Urban Water Systems
  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Process modeling
Research: 

For more information about Dr. Delgado Vela's research group, please see our lab website

Our research group is currently looking for motivated students interested in pursuing a PhD in Environmental Engineering. If you are interested in joining please email Dr. Delgado Vela your CV and research interests.
We are also looking for undergraduates interested in performing research in our lab. Please contact Dr. Delgado Vela with your resume and research interests to find out more about current projects.

Subjects Taught: 
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Unit Operations in Environmental Engineering
  • Biological Processes for Wastewater Treatment

Detailed Information

About Me: 

Dr. Delgado Vela is an assistant professor at Howard University. Her research interests applies tools in molecular biology to develop sustainable and cost-efficient urban water treatment. She completed her PhD in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Michigan in 2018. Her dissertation research combined laboratory and modeling methods to evaluate the impact of sulfur on nitrogen cycling during wastewater treatment. She received her master’s degree from the University of Michigan in 2014 in Environmental Engineering and a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin in 2012. She has earned numerous awards, most notably the Ford Foundation Dissertation Award (2016) and an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (2012).

Interests: 
  • Microbial ecology
  • Sustainable water treatment and water recovery systems
  • Microbial community 'omics
  • Nitrogen cycling in urban water systems
  • Biofilm ecology and formation
  • Understanding microbial cross-feeding in water and resource recovery facilities
Publications: 

The most up to date list is available on Google Scholar

Delgado Vela, J., Dick, G.J., Love, N.G. 2018. Sulfide inhibition of nitrite oxidation in activated sludge depends on community composition. Water Research. DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2018.03.047

Stadler, L.B.†, Delgado Vela, J.†, Jain, S., Dick, G.J., Love, N.G. 2017. Elucidating the impact of microbial community diversity on pharmaceutical biotransformation during wastewater treatment. Microbial Biotechnology. DOI: 10.1111/1751-7915.12870
† These authors contributed equally to this work.

Delgado Vela, J., Stadler, L.B., Martin, K. J., Raskin, L., Bott, C. B., Love, N. G. 2015. Prospects for Biological Nitrogen Removal from Anaerobic Effluents during Mainstream Wastewater Treatment. Environmental Science and Technology: Letters. DOI: 10.1021/acs.estlett.5b00191. (Best Paper of 2015)

News

Associate Prof. Robert Efimba Receives the ASCE-NCS Lifetime Excellence in Service Award

Tue, March 26, 2019

Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Associate Professor Robert Efimba received the American Society of Civil Engineers National Capitol Section (ASCE-NCS) Lifetime Excellence in Service Award.Read More >>

Creating a Healthy Global Water Environment

Tue, February 26, 2019

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), in coordination with the newly-formed Howard University Water Environment Association (HUWEA), hosted a panel on careers in protecting human health and the environment – becoming a water professional. The theme: “A community of empowered professionals creating a healthy global water environment”. Read More >>

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