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John C. Little

Charles E. Via, Jr. Professor
John C. Little
401 Durham Hall
Blacksburg, VA, USA 24061
Mail Code: (0246)

Program Area : Environmental and Water Resources Engineering
Professional Registration : P.E. (Chemical Engineering) California, 1992
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Area of Interest

Primary interests are cross-media mass transfer and process dynamics in environmental systems. Current focus is on managing water quality in lakes and reservoirs and understanding and controlling chemical emissions from building materials and consumer products. Emerging areas of interest include sustainability and resilience from a systems perspective.

  • Ph.D. (Environmental Engineering), University of California, Berkeley, 1990
  • M.S. (Environmental Engineering), University of California, Berkeley, 1988
  • M.Sc. (Physical Chemistry), University of Cape Town, South Africa, 1984
  • B.Sc. (Chemical Engineering), University of Cape Town, South Africa, 1985
  • Charles E. Via, Jr. Professor, Full Professor, Associate Professor, and Assistant Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA, Aug 1993 to present
  • Visiting Professor, School of Civil Engineering, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
  • Visiting Professor, Department of Building Science, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
  • Visiting Professor, Instituto del Agua, Universidad de Granada, Granada, Spain
  • Visiting Professor, Department of Surface Waters, Swiss Federal Institute for Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag), Kastanienbaum, Switzerland
  • Visiting Professor, Department of Environmental Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, California, USA, Jan 1991 to Jun 1993
  • Project Engineer, Binnie & Partners, Environmental Engineering Consultants, Johannesburg, South Africa, Jan 1985 to Jun 1987
  • North American Lake Management Society (NALMS) Technical Merit Research Award (2014)
  • Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP) Distinguished Service Award (2013)
  • Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP)/CH2M Hill Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award (2011)
  • International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate (ISIAQ) Academy of Fellows (2008)
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award (1996)
  • CEE 5134 : Engineering Aspects of Water Quality
  • CEE 5774 : Hazardous Waste Management
  • CEE 3104 : Introduction to Environmental Engineering
  • CEE 5794 : Environmental Engineering Principles
  • CEE 4134 : Environmental Sustainability - A Systems Approach
  • Little, J. C. and Marr, L. C. Rapid Methods to Estimate Exposure to SVOCs in Indoor Environments, Environmental Protection Agency, 7/01/14 to 6/30/17, $900,000.
  • Morrison, G. C., Benning, J. L. and Little, J. C. Collaborative Research: Particle-Mediated Enhanced Transport of Semivolatile Organic Compounds in Indoor Environments, National Science Foundation, 9/01/13 to 8/31/16, $375,340.
  • Burch, M. D., van der Linden, L., Lin, T. F., Little, J. C. and Brookes, J. Impacts of Climate Change on Reservoir Water Quality, Water Research Foundation, ICTAS, Water Quality Research Australia, and Taiwan Water Corporation, 10/01/12 to 03/31/15, $324,000.
  • Little, J. C. and Xu, Y. Collaborative Research: Phthalate Plasticizers: Temperature Dependence of Material/Air Equilibria and Consequences for Emissions, Exposure and Risk, National Science Foundation, 5/01/11 to 4/30/15, $422,364.
  • Socolofsky, S. A. and Little, J. C. Collaborative Research: Managing Oxygen Demand in Lakes and Reservoirs - A Competition between Natural and Artificial Forcing, National Science Foundation, 9/01/10 to 8/31/14, $492,224.
  • Little, J. C., Hester, E. T. and Carey, C. C. "Assessing and Enhancing Environmental Sustainability – A Conceptual Review," Environmental Science & Technology, Vol. 50, 2016, pp. 6830−6845.
  • Hester, E. T. and Little, J. C. "Measuring Environmental Sustainability of Water in Watersheds," Environmental Science & Technology, Vol. 47, 2013, pp. 8083-8090.
  • Singleton, V. L., Jacob, B., Feeney, M. T. and Little, J. C. "Modeling a Proposed Quarry Reservoir for Raw Water Storage in Atlanta, Georgia," Journal of Environmental Engineering, Vol. 139, 2013, pp. 70-78.
  • Benning, J. L., Liu, Z., Tiwari, A., Little, J. C. and Marr, L. C. "Characterizing Gas-Particle Interactions of Phthalate Plasticizer Emitted from Vinyl Flooring," Environmental Science & Technology, Vol. 47, 2013, pp. 2696-2703.
  • Little, J. C., Weschler, C. J., Nazaroff, W. W., Liu, Z. and Cohen Hubal, E. A. "Rapid Methods to Estimate Potential Exposure to Semivolatile Organic Compounds in the Indoor Environment," Environmental Science & Technology, Vol. 46, 2012, pp. 11171-11178.
  • Xu, Y., Liu, Z., Park, J., Clausen, P. A., Benning, J. L., Little, J. C. "Measuring and Predicting the Emission Rate of Phthalate Plasticizer from Vinyl Flooring in a Specially-Designed Chamber," Environmental Science & Technology, Vol. 46, 2012, pp. 12534-12541.
  • Adams, W. A., Xu, Y., Little, J. C., Fristachi, A. F., Rice, G. E., and Impellitteri, C. A. "Predicting the Migration Rate of Dialkyl Organotins from PVC Pipe into Water," Environmental Science & Technology, Vol. 45, 2011, pp. 6902-6907.
  • Bryant, L. D., Lorrai, C., McGinnis, D. F., Brand, A., Wuest, A. and Little, J. C. "Variable Sediment Oxygen Uptake in Response to Dynamic Forcing," Limnology and Oceanography, Vol. 55, No. 2, 2010, pp. 950-964.
  • Singleton, V. L., Rueda, F. J. and Little, J. C. "A Coupled Bubble Plume-Reservoir Model for Hypolimnetic Oxygenation," Water Resources Research, Vol. 46, 2010, W12538.
  • Gantzer, P. A., Bryant, L. D. and Little, J. C. "Controlling Soluble Iron and Manganese in a Water-Supply Reservoir using Hypolimnetic Oxygenation," Water Research, Vol. 43, 2009, 1285-1294.