Emese Hadnagy, Ph.D.

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Associate Professor, Environmental Engineering

Civil and Environmental Engineering Department
Tagliatela College of Engineering

Ph.D., Civil Engineering (Environmental Engineering), University of New Hampshire
M.S., Civil Engineering (Environmental Engineering), University of New Hampshire
M.Sc. (includes a Bachelor’s degree), Civil Engineering, Budapest University of Technology and Economics

About Emese

Dr. Emese Hadnagy joined the faculty of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in Fall 2014.  Dr. Hadnagy teaches both undergraduate and graduate level courses in water resources and environmental engineering (both on-campus and online).  In addition, she serves as the academic program coordinator of the online M.S. in Environmental Engineering Program that was launched in January 2015.  Dr. Hadnagy has close to 15 years of experience in water resources and environmental engineering (in higher education teaching, research, and industrial environmental consulting).  Her current research focuses on innovative chemical treatment technologies and on surface water quality issues.

Dr. Hadnagy was attracted to the University of New Haven because of its strong focus on applied engineering education, its innovative efforts in developing online courses, and because she wanted to teach in a small classroom setting where she could have a lot of personal interaction with students.  In her courses, she strives to achieve a healthy balance between theory and application, and her main goal is to foster independence in her students to help them transfer the knowledge they gained in the classroom to their current and future jobs.  

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Research Interests

Dr. Hadnagy has a broad interest in environmental pollution prevention and hazard mitigation in water and related matrices and the common thread of her research is to understand physicochemical processes that control the fate, transport, and remediation of environmental contaminants.  Dr. Hadnagy’s research is a unique blend of experimental and modeling work and she has experience in studying both man-made and natural systems.  Her work over the past 15 years involved areas such as watershed level water quality assessment, contaminant treatment in engineered water systems, and remediation of environmental pollutants in soils and sediments.  At the University of New Haven, she continues her work studying innovative chemical treatment technologies and she also investigates ways contaminants impact the quality of coastal water systems.

Current and Recent Projects

"Atrazine Dechlorination in Water by Palladized Magnesium (Mg/Pd)" – an evaluation of the efficacy of atrazine degradation using the Mg/Pd bimetal

"The Degradation of Energetic Compounds Using Bimetals" – a study investigating the degradation of various energetic compounds in wastewater using different formulations of bimetals, such as Mg/Cu, Mg/Zn, and Mg/Ni

"Development of an Open Source Spectrophotometer for In Situ Measurement of Dissolved Contaminants in Water" – a collaborative project on the development of inexpensive in-situ sensors for surface water quality measurements

Selected Publications and Presentations

Hadnagy, E., B. Riedinger, J. Vilberg, and A. Koutsospyros (presenter). "Online M.S. Environmental Engineering Programs – The University of New Haven Experience" (peer-reviewed conference proceeding & presentation), 13th International Conference on Protection and Restoration of the Environment, Jul 2016, Mykonos Island, Greece

Hadnagy, E., K.H. Gardner, W.H. Chesner, H. Justus, M. Forgione, G. Maxwell. "Pilot Scale Evaluation of an In-Situ Amendment Delivery and Mixing Device for Contaminated Sediment Remediation Applications." J. of Soils and Sediments, 2015, 15(2): 480-489.

Hadnagy, E., K. Gardner, B. Smith, H. Rectanus, D. Nair, and R. Fimmen. "Causes of Metals Release in Response to In-Situ Chemical Oxidation Applications" (presentation), The 29th Annual International Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water and Energy, Oct 2013, Amherst, MA

Hadnagy, E., K. Gardner, S. Weil, B. Skarin, G. Mizrahi, A. Chang, and C. Keskin, "Evaluation of Sediment Remedial Alternatives from a Contaminant Bioaccumulation Perspective – Spatial Considerations and Uncertainty Assessment" (poster), SETAC North America 32nd Annual Meeting, Nov 2011, Boston, MA

Carbonneau, K., E. Hadnagy, and J. Fairclough, "In Situ Stabilization/Solidification Pilot Testing of Coal Tar Contaminated Sediment in Sydney Harbor, Nova Scotia", The 25th Annual International Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water and Energy, Oct 2009, Amherst, MA

Hadnagy, E., K.H. Gardner, and I. Calante, "Polychlorinated Biphenyl Dechlorination and Bioavailability in Marine and Freshwater Sediments" (presentation), Fifth International Conference on Remediation of Contaminated Sediments, Feb 2009, Jacksonville, FL

Hawkins, A.L., K.H. Gardner, J.A. Bleiler, and E. Hadnagy, "In Situ Wetland Restoration Demonstration" (poster), Partners in Environmental Technology Technical Symposium & Workshop, Dec 2008, Washington, D.C.

Hadnagy, E., L. Rauch, and K.H. Gardner. "Dechlorination of Polychlorinated Biphenyls, Naphthalenes, and Dibenzo-p-Dioxins by Magnesium/Palladium Bimetallic Particles." J. of Environmental Science and Health, Part A, 2007, 42(6): 685-695.

Courses Taught
  • CIVL 3306 Hydraulics 
  • CIVL 3309 Water Resources Engineering
  • CIVL 6618 Hazardous Waste Treatment
  • CIVL 6620/4520 Engineering Hydrology
  • CIVL 6623/4523 Open Channel Hydraulics
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