Dr. Sara Beck (she/her) joined the Department of Civil Engineering as an Assistant Professor in April of 2021 with a research group focused on understanding and preventing pathogen transmission at the confluence of public health, water quality and innovative water treatment solutions. She and her students use microbiology tools to improve water treatment and reuse processes and bridge the gap between knowledge and practice. Prior to joining UBC, Dr. Beck evaluated cost-effective decentralized water reuse technologies at the Asian Institute of Technology near Bangkok, Thailand and at Eawag, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology near Zurich, Switzerland.
Dr. Beck earned her Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2015. Her doctoral dissertation on Wavelength-Specific Effects of UV Light on Microorganisms and Viruses for Improving Water Disinfection received the Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation award by the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP) in 2016. She received an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a B.S. / B.A. in Aerospace Engineering / Studio Art from the University of Colorado Boulder. In her first career, as a NASA flight controller, she supported the Space Shuttle and International Space Station programs.
Thank you for your interest in joining our team! We are always looking for motivated individuals interested in water treatment, disinfection and sustainable technologies. While our group is full for the upcoming 2021/2022 academic year, I look forward to discussing future opportunities with you. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.