Principal Investigator


Dr. Smith joined the Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Southern California in 2014. He came from the University of Michigan where he received his MS and PhD in environmental engineering under the direction of Lutgarde Raskin and Steven J. Skerlos. His PhD research focused on anaerobic membrane bioreactor (AnMBR) treatment of domestic wastewater with an emphasis on the membrane biofilm’s role in treatment as a strategy to improve performance at low temperatures. Dr. Smith received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Marquette University in 2009.

Postdoctoral Scholar


Current Students

PhD Student

PhD Student

PhD Student

PhD Student

Undergraduate Student



PhD Alumni



PhD Alumni


Postdoctoral Scholar



Postdoctoral Scholar



Graduate Alumni

Tranice’ Warner, 2017-2019

Stephanie Gee, 2016-2019

Yushu Cheng, 2019

Juhe Liu, 2019

Qin Dong, 2019

Wenjun Zhao, 2018

Jewls Lagman, 2018

Karim Taha, 2017

Jia (Iris) Wang, 2016

Pooja Sinha, 2016-2017

Barbara Hollo de Andrade, 2015

Adilson Becker Jr., 2015-2016

Kevin Yu, 2015-2016


Undergrad Alumni

Rajuan Nelson, 2018 – 2019

Jacob Totaro, 2018 - 2019

Eli Kotelov, 2018

Jake Lam, 2017 - 2018

Alexis Barge, 2016 - 2018

Ben Johnson, 2015 - 2016

Jewls Lagman, 2015 - 2017

Jeremy Pathmanabhan, 2015


High School Alumni

Nicholas Luo, Summer 2020

Joseph Chen, Summer 2020

Anouk Braun, Summer 2018

Noel Ermer, Summer 2017 and 2018

Caroline Kim, 2015 - 2017

Garret Kageyama, Summer 2015

Chloe Huang, Summer 2015