Principle Investigator

Ed Beighley

Edward Beighley, Associate Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
427 Snell Engineering Center
360 Huntington Avenue
Northeastern University
Boston, Massachusetts 02115
Tel: (617) 373 – 3368 | r.beighley[at]

Curriculum Vitae

Graduate Researchers

Cassie Nickles

Cassie is conducting research surrounding NASA’s upcoming Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) satellite mission. Performing research with SWOT has the potential to benefit millions of people world-wide and motivates her to put forth her best work, providing both a service element to her work as well as the intellectual stimulation she craves. Ultimately, she would love to become a professor in civil engineering, combining the passion she has for academic rigor and service to continue in research and build up the next generation of civil engineers. Originally from Los Angeles, Cassie enjoys exploring, sketching, baking, and volunteering at her local church.

Sadia Khan

Sadia Khan is working on characterizing stormwater nutrient export variability in order to develop an optimized diversion and treatment strategy. As a part of the collaborative study between the City of Cambridge, Stantec, and Northeastern University, Sadia is focusing on data-driven solutions for managing stormwater nutrient export from a dense urban watershed. She hopes that her work will help in developing novel stormwater BMP capable of significant reductions in Phosphorus loadings which in turn, will improve the current eutrophication situation in Charles River. Sadia obtained her B.S in Civil Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology and was a Lecturer in University of Asia pacific (currently on study leave). She likes to cook, paint and travel.

Max Rome

Max studies eutrophication and is working to understand the dynamics of harmful algal blooms on the Charles River. He is interested in translating ecological research into tools that can be used by environmental engineers for better managing aquatic pollution. Max has been working to design and permit a pilot-scale floating wetland that will be installed on the Charles River in the spring of 2020. He hopes that data collected from this project can be used to evaluate existing regulatory models and to understand the role that restored habitat can have in controlling toxic algal blooms. Max lives with his partner and baby in Allston and enjoys cycling, cooking, and gardening.


Roozbeh Raoufi – 2019

Yanhao Zhao – 2019

Dongmei Feng – 2018