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Assistant Professor & Coordinator of the Online M.S in Environmental Engineering Program
Tagliatela College of Engineering
Civil & Environmental Engineering

    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. 


    PhD, Civil Engineering (Environmental Engineering), University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH          
    MS, Civil Engineering (Environmental Engineering), University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 
    MSc (includes a Bachelor’s degree), Civil Engineering, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Budapest, Hungary


    CIVL 3306 Hydraulics 
    CIVL 3309 Water Resources Engineering 
    CIVL 6620/4520 Engineering Hydrology 
    CIVL 6623 Open Channel Hydraulics (both on-ground and online)


    Through my teaching and mentoring experiences I found that students who are engaged in the learning process understand and retain knowledge better.  A key aspect in motivating students in their learning process is to engage their curiosity in the topic, which can be achieved by promoting active participation.  Methods that I use in my courses to promote active class participation and interaction between students include in-class group problem solving exercises, discussions, group projects followed by a presentation, and writing assignments that emphasize knowledge synthesis.  I encourage students to further develop their critical thinking skill.  My goal is to be a facilitator of learning and I encourage students to share their ideas in a supportive environment that promotes learning.  In the end, I would like to see my students formulate meaningful questions both when they are learning a new subject and when they are solving complex engineering problems.  One of the most valuable gifts I received from my best teachers is the ability to further my knowledge on my own, and that is what I would like to pass on to my students. 


    Continuing education courses:

    “Foundations of Online Teaching and Learning”, University of New Haven (West Haven, CT)
    “Cognition, Teaching and Learning”, University of New Hampshire (Durham, NH)
    “Teaching and Learning in Science”, University of New Hampshire (Durham, NH)


    “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 and Mg/Ni

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


    “SERDP ER-2132 Impacts on Groundwater Quality Following the Application of ISCO: Understanding the Cause of and Designing Mitigation for Metals Mobilization” – investigated the impact of chemical oxidants on subsurface conditions and therefore on the fate and transport of metals

    “Evaluation of Sediment Remedial Alternatives from a Contaminant Bioaccumulation Perspective: Use Case Scenarios for the PLANET Decision Making Tool” – performed ecological risk assessment modeling using various software applications with the goal of evaluating sediment treatment alternatives at a contaminated site

    “ESTCP ER-0825 In Situ Wetland Remediation Demonstration” – this R&D project evaluated the efficacy of various adsorbent materials to treat contaminants in situ in wetland soils

    “In Situ Sediment Solidification/Stabilization in the Sydney Tar Ponds (Sydney, Nova Scotia)” – this project involved the in situ pilot scale S/S of coal tar impacted sediments using various amendments

    “Polychlorinated Biphenyl Dechlorination with Palladized Magnesium: Development of a Sediment Remediation Technology” – investigated the efficacy of PCB dechlorination in both water and contaminated sediments by a palladized magnesium bimetal

    “The Evaluation of Competitive Adsorption on Selected Arsenic Adsorbents” – evaluated the efficacy of inexpensive adsorbent materials to remove arsenic from drinking water

    “Macro-Scale Modeling of Non-Point Source Nutrient Loadings: The Estimated Water Budget and Nutrient Cycling in the Danube Watershed by RiverGIS, a Global Hydrological Model” – performed hydrologic modeling of the Danube watershed under various scenarios


    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.