Assistant Professor of Teaching
CHBE 401

Research Summary

Engineering Education, Experiential Learning, Systems Thinking, System Dynamics Modelling, Global and Community-based Engineering, Water Quality, Sustainable Water Access


University of Colorado, 2021, Ph.D., Environmental Engineering
University of British Columbia, 2017, M.A.Sc., Chemical Engineering
University of British Columbia, 2012, B.A.Sc., Chemical Engineering

Research interests + projects

I’m interested in adaptable approaches for developing engineering knowledge, and I think experiential learning, where students learn through doing, can offer an integrated, holistic learning process. Currently, I’m focused on laboratory education, and am interested in how lab courses can be structured to create authentic experiences where students are simultaneously developing a variety of skills by applying and reinforcing engineering fundamentals while navigating the dynamics of teamwork, communication and project management.

My past research has focused on different aspects of sustainable water access and water quality, primarily in under-resourced contexts. Most recently, I’ve worked on the application of systems approaches to improve the reliability of rural water services in East Africa. Drawing from my past research, I continue to be interested in how systems thinking and community-based engineering can enhance engineering education.

Selected publications + presentations

Libey, A., Chintalapati, P., Kathuni, S., Amadei, B., Thomas, E. (2022). “Turn up the dial: System dynamics modeling of resource allocations toward rural water supply maintenance in East Africa“. Journal of Environmental Engineering.

Lockwood, H., Chintalapati, P., Cord, C., Libey, A. (2021). “A roadmap for system strengthening for professionalized rural water maintenance services“. United States Agency for International Development.

Thomas, E., Wilson, D., Kathuni, S., Libey, A.,  Chintalapati, P., Coyle, J. (2021). “A contribution to drought resilience in East Africa through groundwater pump monitoring informed by in-situ instrumentation, remote sensing and ensemble machine learning”. Science of the Total Environment (780).

Dixit, F., Chintalapati, P., Barbeau, B., Han, M., Whittaker, T., Mohseni, M. (2021). “Ion Exchange and Vacuum UV: A combined approach for removing organic matter and microcystins from natural waters”.  Chemical Engineering Journal (414).

Chintalapati, P., Walters, J., Javernick-Will, A., Linden, K. (2019). “System dynamics modelling as a tool for assessing rural water sustainability”. IRC WASH Symposium, The Hague, The Netherlands.