Krishna Pagilla

Ralph E. and Rose A. Hoeper Professor and Chair
Krishna Pagilla
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  • 2015 - Present: Professor and ENVE Program Director, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno
  • 2017 - Present: Director, Nevada Water Innovation Institute
  • 2007 - 2015: Professor, Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago
  • 2010: Visiting Professor, Catalan Institute for Water Research and University of Girona, Spain
  • 2001 - 2007: Associate Professor, Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago
  • 2003: Visiting Professor, Kluyver Laboratory of Biotechnology, Technical University of Delft, The Netherlands
  • 1995 - 2001: Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago
  • 1991 - 1994: Assistant Civil Engineer, County of Sacramento Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant, Elk Grove, California
  • Ph.D., Civil (Environmental) Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 1994
  • M.S., Civil (Environmental) Engineering, University of Oklahoma, Norman, 1989
  • B.E., Civil Engineering, Osmania University, Hyderabad, India, 1987

Prospective graduate students

I am seeking Ph.D. level students interested in water reclamation and reuse, with specific focus on potable reuse.

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Research interests

  • Water reuse
  • Water reclamation
  • Water-economy nexus
  • Microbial ecology
  • Resource recovery
  • Bioenergy

Selected publications

  1.  Cornejo, P.K., Becker, J., Pagilla, K., Mo, W., Zhang, Q, Mihelcic, J., Chandran, K., Sturm, B., Yeh, D., Rosso, D. (2019) Sustainability Metrics for Assessing Water Resource Recovery Facilities of the Future, Water Env. Res., 91, 45-53.
  2. Law, K. and Pagilla, K.R. (2018) Phosphorus Recovery by Methods Beyond Struvite Precipitation, Water Env. Res., 90, 840-850.
  3. Haak, L., Sundaram, V., and Pagilla, K.R. (2018) Sustainability Assessment for Indirect Potable: A Case Study from Reno, Nevada, Water Env. Res., 90, 748-760.
  4. Li, L. and Pagilla, K.R. (2017) Biomass Density-Function Relationships in Suspended Growth Biological Processes – A Critical Review, Water Research, 111, 274-287.
  5. Roy, R., Haak, L., Li, L., and Pagilla, K.R. (2016) Anaerobic Digestion for Solids Reduction and Detoxification of Refinery Wastes, Process Biochemistry, 51, 1552-1560.
  6. Haak, L., Roy, R., and Pagilla, K.R. (2016) Biochemical Methane Potential and Toxicity of Raw and Pre-treated Refinery Sludge for Anaerobic Digestion, Chemosphere, 144, 1170-1176.
  7. Kunkel, S., Pagilla, K.R., and Stark, B. (2015) Directed Evolution to Produce Sludge Communities with Increased Oxygen Uptake Abilities, Appl. Microbiol. Biotechnol., 99(24), 10725-10734.

Courses taught

  • Water reclamation process design
  • Biological processes for water/wastewater treatment
  • Environmental microbiology