Dr. Emese Hadnagy joined the faculty of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in Fall 2014. She holds a doctorate degree in civil engineering (specializing in environmental engineering) from the University of New Hampshire and has over 10 years of professional experience in academia and in the environmental consulting industry combined.
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.
Dr. Hadnagy teaches both undergraduate and graduate level courses in the area of water resources engineering. She teaches both in the on-ground and online programs offered by the Department. In addition, she serves as the academic program coordinator of the online M.S. in Environmental Engineering Program that was launched in January 2015. Her research focuses on environmental pollution prevention and hazard mitigation issues in water and related matrices. Her work over the past ten years involved areas such as watershed level water quality assessment, contaminant removal in engineered water systems, and remediation of environmental pollutants in soils and sediments. At UNH, she continues her work studying physicochemical processes that control the fate, transport, and remediation of environmental contaminants and she also investigates ways contaminants impact the quality of coastal water systems.