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Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering

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  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, The Queen’s University Belfast, N. Ireland, 1992
  • P.G.C.E. Education, St. Andrews College, Glasgow, Scotland, 1986
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Salford, Manchester, England, 1983


Dr. Pauline Johnson’s research interests are in the areas of water and wastewater treatment, sustainability, and the student engagement in community service learning. She has incorporated these diverse interests into innovative local and international engaged scholarship research projects involving infrastructure development, solar energy and the testing and treatment of water and wastewater for underserved communities. She works on multidisciplinary research teams and has received major grant funding from national funding agencies such as NSF GK-12, NSF REU, WERF and the EPA.

Johnson is also involved with a project for the NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges Program.

Honors and Awards

  • Chi Epsilon Honor Member Award, 2008.
  • US Green Building Council LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP), 2008.
  • Donald McLean Outstanding Civil Engineering Professor Award, UA Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, 2007, 2009
  • John L. Blackburn Award for Distinguished Contributions to Students, University of Alabama, 2008
  • UA Distinguished Faculty Career Community Engagement Award, UA Center for Community-Based Partnerships, 2015

Areas of Research

Latest Publications

  • Stauber, CE, Wedgworth, JC, Johnson, P, Olson, JB, Ayers, T, Elliott, M, and Brown, J., “Associations between Self-Reported Gastrointestinal Illness and Water System Characteristics in Community Water Supplies in Rural Alabama: A Cross-Sectional Study,” PLoS ONE11(1), (2016)
  • Wedgworth, J., J. Brown, P.D. Johnson, J. Olson, M. Elliott, P. Grammer, C.E. Stauber.  “Temporal heterogeneity of water quality from rural water supplies in Alabama,” J American Water Works Association107(8), pp. E401-E415 (2015)
  • Burkett, S., Dye, T., Johnson, P., “REU – NAE Grand Challenges Site at the University of Alabama,” American Journal of Engineering Education6(4), pp. 125-134, (2015)