Dr. Dawn Reinhold’s Research focuses on wetlands and vegetated technologies for protection of water quality. Specifically, she researches the uses of plants for remediation of emerging organic pollutants and hazardous wastes.
In her lab, Reinhold uses controlled laboratory-scales reactors to quantify and enhance the removal processes, as well as field applications to address water quality at Michigan State University (MSU) and the surrounding communities.
Reinhold’s research also is looking at the-long term fate of organic pollutants taken up by plants and the implications to ecosystem and human health, as well as using tissue culture to develop plants with enhanced capabilities to address water quality problems
She teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses in MSU’s Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, and is currently advising six graduate students. Reinhold volunteers annually with Parks in Focus Michigan, a Udall Foundation program, to educate underprivileged youth about the environment through nature photography.
Reinhold is the principle investigator for a grant that provides international research experiences for undergraduate engineering students in Costa Rica, where she also teaches a study abroad program for the College of Engineering.
Reinhold is a faculty advisor in the Multicultural Apprenticeship Program, where she mentors high school students in research for a four-week summer experience. She personally engages with female students enrolled in freshman engineering courses outside of the classroom to expand the number of women earning engineering degrees.
Reinhold earned her doctorate in civil and environmental engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2007 and her bachelor’s degree in biological and agricultural engineering from Kansas State University in 2002.