Dr. Mark Elliott

Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering

In his research, Dr. Mark Elliott places emphasis on understanding the challenges and opportunities of water and sanitation engineering in resource-poor countries. His doctoral work was based around the biosand filter, a household-scale slow sand filter being used by roughly one million people, and focused on characterizing reductions of the major classes of pathogens, identifying… Read more about Dr. Mark Elliott

In The News: Diseases of Poverty Identified in Alabama County Burdened by Poor Sanitation

In the poorest sections of the American South researchers are finding hookworm, dengue fever, and other parasites and viruses that are more commonly associated with developing countries or, in the United States, with the early years of the 20th century. . . . Failing septic systems and the use of… Read more

Sources: Circle of Blue

In The News: Troubled Water: Wells aren’t regulated and septic tanks aren’t inspected

Most of the 43 million Americans who rely on private wells don’t know if their water is safe to drink because unlike the regulation of public water systems, there is no government monitoring of wells … In areas where proper wastewater treatment is rare, regulation is not enforced “because a… Read more

Sources: TC Palm (Florida)

In The News: Crumbling pipes, tainted water plague black communities

Deep in the winding mass of crumbling back streets in Campti, Leroy Hayes sets a glass of water from his faucet in a patch of sunlight on the railing of his porch and watches specks of sediment float to the top … Mark Elliott, a civil engineer and researcher at… Read more

Sources: Public Integrity, Wisconsin Gazette

In The News: UA students cultivate LED-light technology for disinfecting drinking water and saving lives in developing countries.

The idea of using LED light to purify water might sound like something from a futuristic science-fiction movie, but thanks to a group of chemical engineering students at The University of Alabama, the future might be closer than you think. Read more

Sources: Service Learning

In The News: Study Calls for New Global Standard for Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation: UA professor co-author on study

A new study conducted jointly by The Water Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine calls for a new global standard for improvements in household drinking water and sanitation access. Co-authors include… Mark Elliott, Gillings School alumnus and… Read more

Sources: Infection Control Today

In The News: University of Alabama students to study bacteria killing light with EPA grant

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded the University of Alabama a $15,000 grant to study the effectiveness of ultraviolet LED lights and a laser in killing waterborne pathogens. It will last until Aug. 15, 2015, with the goal of informing the design of the ultraviolet LED units. A team of University of Alabama students… Read more

Sources: Al.com, The Tuscaloosa News, Beta Wired, Undercover Michigan

UA News: UA Students Selected for Environmental Contest

A team of University of Alabama students were selected for a national competition to design solutions to challenges facing the environment, the federal Environmental Protection Agency announced. Read more

Three CCEE Graduates Students Awarded Departmental Grants

Tuscaloosa, Ala. – Three graduate students in The University of Alabama department of civil, construction and environmental engineering were awarded an inaugural grant that will pair each with a funded undergraduate research assistant. Shahrooz Amidi, Phillip Grammar and Stephanie Wood were the first recipients of the department’s Resilient Infrastructure and… Read more