Jessica Ray

Jessica Ray

Energy, Environmental, and Chemical Engineering
Inducted in 2014

Jessica Ray received a Bachelor’s of Science in Chemical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis in 2009. She remained at this institution to begin the M.S. and Ph.D. program in Energy, Environmental and Chemical Engineering at the same university. Her research interests include environmental nanochemistry, particularly with respect to water treatment.  As global water demands continue to rise, particularly in light of population growth, the consequential economic and energy needs result in the need to replenish water sources via water and wastewater treatment. Due to the presence of naturally occurring nanoparticles, and increasing numbers of engineered and manufactured nanoparticles entering water and wastewater treatment plants, it is important to understand how these nanoparticles will affect common constituents found in these systems.  Ray’s current research investigates the fate and transport of nanoparticles in water and wastewater treatment systems with specific interest in metal oxide nanoparticles interactions with model aqueous compounds in the presence of environmentally relevant substrates. Ray has received the Environmental Protection Agency Students to Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowship and the 2014 American Chemical Society Graduate Student Award in Environmental Chemistry, and currently serves as the President of the Association of Graduate Engineering Students.