LCP Head Shot
Lisa Colosi-Peterson

Associate Professor
Department of Engineering Systems and Environment
University of Virginia

B.S. Biological Engineering, Cornell University, 2003
M.S. Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan, 2004
Ph.D. Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan, 2007

“I strive to make water and energy systems more sustainable and less impactful on each other.”

Lisa Colosi Peterson is an Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) and the founding co-director of the UVA Life Cycle Assessment Lab. Her work focuses on elucidating synergistic means of delivering clean water and clean energy, with an emphasis on energy-efficient removal of unregulated “emerging contaminants” in municipal and industrial wastewaters. Her group uses a combination of bench-scale experiments and systems modeling to provide meaningful, policy-relevant results. She has produced more than 40 peer-reviewed publications, accounting for more than 2500 citations (h-index = 19). She serves as an Associate Editor of the ASCE Journal of Environmental Engineering. She has also provided leadership for the graduate programs at UVA as the Civil Engineering program’s Director of Graduate Studies (2015-20) and Chair of the School of Engineering Graduate Studies Committee (2016-20). Her work has been recognized with the R.A. Glenn Best Paper Award (American Chemical Society) as well as the Excellence in Civil Engineering Education Teaching Award (ASCE). She holds an MS and PhD in Environmental Engineering from the University of Michigan and a BS in Biological Engineering from Cornell University.

Office: Olsson Hall, 111D
Lab: Thornton Hall, D-106; Thornton Hall B-228 (Civil)
Phone: 434-924-7961