Donohue is pleased to welcome Emily Maher, Ph.D., to our Milwaukee office as a water/wastewater process engineer. Emily brings practical and research experience in the planning, design, and optimization of drinking water and wastewater treatment systems. After working several years in the consulting engineering industry, Emily returned to school and recently earned her Ph.D. in environmental engineering from Marquette University.
Her doctoral research evaluated the use of electrocoagulation, electrooxidation, and a paired system of electrocoagulation and electrooxidation for the reduction of energy consumption and effective removal of estrogenic micropollutants from water. Her experience includes specialized reactor design, operation optimization and development, analytical method development for experimental and technical design, data analysis and interpretation for efficient and effective water treatment design. She is proficient in understanding the mechanisms and optimization of treatment systems for the removal of recalcitrant micropollutants (i.e. endocrine disrupting compounds, antibiotics, PFAS, etc.) using advanced oxidation technologies.
Emily is active in various professional organizations, including the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and Central States Water Environment Association (CSWEA). She has presented her research findings to academic and professional associations throughout the U.S. and has authored two first-author publications with a third recently accepted and in editing, as well as two co-coauthored peer-reviewed publications.
Emily earned a master’s degree in environmental engineering from the University of Iowa and a bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering from Michigan Technological University.