Mines environmental science and engineering professor awarded NSF CAREER Award
GOLDEN, Colo., Feb. 9, 2011 – Jonathan O. (Josh) Sharp, assistant professor of Environmental Science and Engineering at Colorado School of Mines, has received a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award for his research “Cleaner Water Through Microbial Stress: An Integrated Research and Education Plan.”
Sharp’s research focuses on how biological processes can impact water quality and how to use microbes to clean contaminated sediments and water supplies (bioremediation).
“The goal of the research is to determine how microbial stress can impact the natural degradation of trace organic compounds in water supplies — this understanding can then be applied toward treatment in managed natural systems such as wetlands and aquifer recharge to provide a cost effective, energy- and waste-neutral tool for remediation when compared to existing advanced treatment technologies,” said Sharp.
Sharp’s research efforts will be coupled with an educational plan designed to increase the engagement of undergraduates and K-12 students using regionally meaningful, hands-on education that relates to environmental water quality.
The NSF CAREER award is the most prestigious award in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.
Sharp earned his doctorate in civil and environmental engineering in 2006 from the University of California at Berkeley. He subsequently pursued postdoctoral studies in environmental microbiology at the Ecole Polytechnique Federal de Lausanne in Switzerland. He holds a bachelor’s from Princeton University and a master’s from U.C. Berkeley. He joined Mines’ Environmental Science and Engineering Division in 2009.