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Lin, Lian-Shin

A portrait of Lian-Shin Lin


ESB 641A

Professor - Civil and Environmental Engineering


Ph.D., Purdue University, 1997 
MS, National Tsing-Hua University, Taiwan, 1990 
BS, National Tsing-Hua University, Taiwan, 1988

Dr. Lin is a member of the Environmental/Hydrotechnical group in the Department. He has working experience in the academics, research institutes, and governmental agencies. His research interests fall in the following two areas:

Innovative water/wastewater technologies and strategies
Development of innovative wastewater treatment technologies and management approaches using green engineering/chemistry principles to improve energy-water nexus, use of iron and sulfur as green agents in wastewater treatment processes, produced water management (treatment and reuse) for CO2 sequestration and oil & gas production, bioelectrochemical processes, estimation of methane emission/production potential from wastewater treatment plants, and aquaponics for nutrient removal.

Watershed assessment and climate change impacts
Assessment of the effects of anthropogenic stressors on aquatic ecosystems and mitigations, watershed attribute controlled stream responses to acid deposition and Structural Equation Modeling, monitoring/modeling of highway construction impacts on stream health, long-term climate change in the Mid-Atlantic Region and impacts.

Contaminant fate and modeling
Chemical spill and fate in the environment, numerical simulations and modeling of chemical fate in aquatic systems.

Dr. Lin has been the faculty advisor for the Engineers Without Borders-WVU chapter since 2008. He is interested in developing innovative solutions for sustainable community development. Recently, he and his colleagues (Dr. Clement Solomon and Gary Christopher) created a new course Engineering Community Sustainability through Experiential Learning for senior and graduate students in engineering. Prior to joining the WVU, Dr. Lin worked for the Illinois State Water Survey, and California Regional Water Quality Control Board where he was involved in nutrient criteria and TMDL programs. He taught at the Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo during 1997-1998.

Research Focus Areas
Environmental Technologies
Water Quality Modeling
Climate Change Impacts

Research Interests

Environmental technologies 
Chemical fate and modeling 
Watershed assessment and climate change impacts

Teaching Interests

Introduction to Environmental Engineering 
Physicochemical Treatment Processes in Environmental Engineering 
Environmental Engineering Design 
Water Quality Statistical Analyses and Modeling 
Engineering Community Sustainability

Service and Outreach

Engineers without Borders: Nicaragua, Fiji, Dominican Republic 
Undergraduate and Graduate Research positions available