Carla has over 10 years of experience in applied research that lies at the interface of several disciplines including water and wastewater quality and treatment, energy management, and sustainability. She has served in a variety of roles for research projects awarded by nationally recognized agencies such as the Water Research Foundation (WRF) and the California Energy Commission.
Her current research centers on energy efficient, innovative, and sustainable solutions for the water industry. She’s currently leading a WRF project that provides guidance on the deployment of battery energy storage systems to water and wastewater utilities. She is also investigating the application of big data management solutions for energy management purposes in the municipal sector.
Carla’s expertise also includes bench-top and pilot-scale investigations of conventional and leading-edge technologies in the areas of water and wastewater and the use of innovative molecular methods for environmental applications and monitoring. She’s a visiting scientist at the Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, MD, has a doctorate in civil and environmental engineering, and in her spare time she enjoys street photography and visiting art exhibits.