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Lisa Colosi Peterson

Associate Professor
Unit: School of Engineering and Applied Science
Department: Department of Systems and Information Engineering
Office location and address
Thornton Hall, D-219
151 Engineer's Way
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Education
B.S. ​Biological Engineering, Cornell University, 2003
M.S. ​Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan, 2004
Ph.D. ​Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan, 2007
Biography

Lisa Colosi Peterson is an Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) and co-director of the UVA Life Cycle Assessment Lab. Her work focuses on elucidating synergistic means of delivering clean water and clean energy, with an emphasis on energy-efficient removal of unregulated “emerging contaminants” in municipal and industrial wastewaters. Her group uses a combination of bench-scale experiments and systems modeling to provide meaningful, policy-relevant results. She has produced more than 35 peer-reviewed publications, accounting for more than 1500 citations (h-index = 15). She serves as CEE’s Director of Graduate Studies. She holds an MS and PhD in Environmental Engineering from the University of Michigan and a BS in Biological Engineering from Cornell University. 

ECO-CBET Preliminary Proposal: Reducing harmful diesel engine emissions through integration of combustion and catalysis research with life cycle analysis
Source: U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF)
September 01, 2020 – August 31, 2024
Rebuilding America's Infrastructure
Source: U.S. Department Of Education - Post Secondary Ed.
October 01, 2018 – September 30, 2022
Supporting the Transition to Sustainable Aviation Systems in the Commonwealth of Virginia
Source: Virginia Transportation Research Council
August 01, 2021 – July 31, 2022
EN-SE-Resilient Infrastructure: Designing for America's Future
Source: U.S. Department Of Education
September 01, 2016 – August 31, 2020
A Meta-Model for Life Cycle Assessment of Algae-to-Energy Systems
Source: U.S. NSF - Directorate For Engineering
September 01, 2011 – August 31, 2014
Algae-Medicated Energy Production and Water Quality Enhancement for Virginia's Wastewater Treatment Plants
Source: Virginia Environmental Endowment
January 01, 2013 – August 31, 2014
EN-SE xx-LAUNCH 2020-Systems Innovation Experiment (SIX)
Source: Tides Foundation
January 01, 2013 – March 31, 2014
ENGR 1620: Introduction to Engineering
Credits: 3
ENGR 1620 is a cornerstone course for first year engineering students. They are introduced to the philosophy and practice of engineering through hands-on experience in developing solutions for various open-ended, realistic challenges while considering the various contexts in which these challenges occur. Students will also learn about the majors SEAS offers and receive advisement about careers, plans of study, and major declaration. Prerequisite: First year enrollment in SEAS; exceptions are by instructor permission.
ENGR 1624: Introduction to Engineering
Credits: 4
Cornerstone course for first-year SEAS undergraduates, introducing them to engineering practice and design philosophy, via exposure to open-ended, realistic , hands-on challenges. Students engage in both individual and team work, and consider the contexts in which engineering challenges arise. SEAS majors and potential career paths are also introduced. Students who have taken ENGR 1620 or 1621 or both, can't enroll in ENGR 1624.
ENGR 2993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–3
Special tutorial with a topic declared in advance. The topic, work plan, and conditions are arranged by contract between instructor and student and approved by the department Chair, with a copy to be filed in the department office.
CE 4160: Environmental Microbiology and Biological Waste Treatment
Credits: 3
We will explore terminology and concepts for characterizing and mathematically modeling human impacts on microbial systems and vice versa. Special consideration will be given to microbe-mediated cycling of organic materials (i.e., pollutants) in natural and engineered systems, including: conventional water and wastewater treatment, municipal landfills, pristine and contaminated groundwater and surface waters, etc. Prerequisites: CE 2100, 3100
CE 4990: Civil Engineering Research and Design
Credits: 3
Team-based project course focusing on design or research effort with focus in a CEsub-discipline. Involves the study of an open-ended project, including problem formulation, development of methodology, data collection from physical experiments and/or models, analysis and interpretation, and formulation of conclusions/solutions. Requisites: 4th Year Standing Civil Majors and Assignment by CEE dept.
CE 4995: Civil Engineering Research
Credits: 1–4
Study of a civil engineering problem in depth by each student using library, computer, or laboratory facilities. The project is conducted in close consultation with departmental faculty and involves survey, analysis, or project development. Progress reports and a comprehensive written report are required. May be repeated if necessary. Prerequisite: Contact individual professor for Instructor Permission.
CE 6030: Green Engineering and Sustainability
Credits: 3
An introductory to sustainability metrics and the engineering tools of industrial ecology, most notably life cycle assessment (LCA). Case studies from various engineering disciplines will be explored. Students will undertake an open-ended LCA project related to their thesis research or improving the sustainability of UVA operations. Asynchronous online format: roughly 8-10 h/wk. Prerequisite: SEAS 4th-year or Grad standing.
CE 6260: Environmental Microbiology and Biological Waste Treatment
Credits: 3
We will explore terminology and concepts for characterizing and mathematically modeling human impacts on microbial systems and vice versa. Special consideration will be given to microbe-mediated cycling of organic materials (i.e., pollutants) in natural and engineered systems, including: conventional water and wastewater treatment, municipal landfills, pristine and contaminated groundwater and surface waters, etc.
CE 6993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–12
Detailed study of graduate course material on an independent basis under the guidance of a faculty member. Master's-level graduate students. Prerequisites: Instructor Permission
CE 6995: Supervised Project Research
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of student commitment to project research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Registration may be repeated as necessary. Master's-level graduate students. Prerequisites: Instructor Permission
CE 7001: Graduate Seminar
Credits: 1
Weekly meeting of graduate students and faculty for presentation and discussion of contemporary research and practice in civil engineering. This seminar is offered every spring semester. Prerequisite: For students who have established resident credit.
CE 7993: Independent Research in CE
Credits: 1–12
Detailed independent study of graduate course material under the guidance of a faculty member. Doctoral-level graduate students. Prerequisites: Instructor Permission
CE 7995: Supervised Project Research
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of student commitment to project research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Registration may be repeated as necessary. Doctoral-level graduate student. Prerequisite: Instructor Permission
CE 8001: Graduate Teaching Instruction
Credits: 1–12
For graduate students who will be GTA for a course taught by CE faculty who have granted Instructor Permission for that section. Prerequisites: Instructor Permission
CE 8999: Thesis
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of student commitment to master's thesis research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Registration may be repeated as necessary. Prerequisites: Instructor Permission
CE 9999: Dissertation
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of student commitment to doctoral research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Prerequisites: Instructor Permission