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Yang Deng

Professor, Earth and Environmental Studies

Center for Environmental & Life Sciences 424
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Environmental Resilience, Innovation, Sustainability, and Engineering (E-RISE) Laboratory 


Dr. Deng joins an interdisciplinary team for a NOAA grant in innovative GI/LID techniques for mitigating runoff and pollution impacts on the U.S. freshwater systems, and abating runoff pollution-related environmental, economic and social issues for community resilience.

Congratulation to Lisitai Yang! Lisitai was awarded the Student Research Grant ($5,000) from USGS New Jersey Water Resources Research Institute. His project will be on development of new processes for safeguarding harmful algal blooming impacted water resources.

Dr. Deng delivers 2020-2021 University Distinguished Scholar Lecture. His lecture is entitled "Innovative Solutions to Water Challenges"

Dr. Deng starts to serve as Associate Editor for the Journal of Hazardous Materials (

Dr. Yang Deng is among Top 2% of scientists and engineers in terms of citation (arranged by their c-scores) in the sub-fields of Environmental Engineering and Environmental Science as listed by Stanford University (c-score = 3.538; No. 389 of 66,925 authors in the sub-field)

We recently published a Viewpoint paper on ES&T to discuss the potential impacts of intensified disinfection during the COVID pandemic on the environment and water supply safety.

Dr. Deng is named the University Distinguished Scholar for his outstanding record of scholarly achievement. With this honor, he will have a one-semester research leave.

Junkui Cui is the winner of 2020 Kenneth S. Stoller Award from the New Jersey Water Environment Research (NJWEA). Congratulation! (

Dr. Deng joined the Editorial Board of Chemical Engineering Journal Advances in the April of 2020 (

Dr. Deng receives the 2019 Top Reviewer Award from Water Environment Research and 2019 Excellence in Review Award for the Journal "Frontiers of Environmental Science & Engineering".

Dr. Deng has started to serve as Invited Papers Editor for Journal of Environmental Engineering-ASCE since the February of 2020.

Congratulation to Junkui Cui! Junkui won 2020 New Jersey Licensed Site Remediation Professionals Association (LSRPA) Elmeryl Davies Memorial Scholarship ($3,000) (

Dr. Deng has started to serve as the Associate Editor for the Water Environment Research since the August of 2019.

Dr. Deng joined the Editorial Board of Journal of Hazardous Materials in the July of 2019.

Harshal Agrawal won the 2019 US EPA's Patrick H. Hurd Sustainability Award at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). Harshal completed his 4th year pilot tests (summer research intern) in 2018 and did sample analyses for his 5th year large scale tests in our lab.

Dr. Deng has started his service as the Associate Editor for Journal of Environmental Engineering - ASCE since the May of 2019.

Dr. Yang Deng received 2019 Superior Achievement Award from the American Academy of Environmental Engineers & Scientists (AAEES)

Dr. Yang Deng received 2018 Nanova Frontier Research Award in the Chinese-American Professors in Environmental Engineering and Science (CAPEES) Society.


Ph.D., Civil Engineering (Environmental Discipline), 2006
University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL

M.S., Civil Engineering (Environmental Discipline), 2001
Tongji University, Shanghai, China

B.S. (Hons), Civil Engineering (Water and Wastewater Engineering) (Major), 1998
Computer Science (Minor), 1998
Tongji University, Shanghai, China

Professional Engineer (Environmental Engineering) (Florida, License No. 70917, since 2010)


Advanced technologies and innovative designs for environmental sustainability and resilience, particularly in:
Water treatment and reuse;
Urban and agricultural stormwater management;
Household water treatment;
Mitigation of environmental emerging and persistent contaminants;
Waste reuse.

2020, University Distinguished Scholar, MSU
2019, Superior Achievement Award, American Academy of Environmental Engineers & Scientists (AAEES)
2018, Nanova Frontier Research Award (Chinese-American Professors in Environmental Engineering and Science (CAPEES) Society)
2017, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) (Phase II) Award
2016, US EPA P3 Phase I Award
2016, Best Alumni Achievement Award Over the Past Fifteen Years (2001-2016) (School of Environmental Engineering and Science, Tongji University, Shanghai, China)
2016, Faculty Award for Excellence in Research, College of Science and Mathematics, MSU
2010, Distinguished Professor Award, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Puerto Rico – Mayaguez

External Grants: $4.4+ million

PUBLICATIONS: 141 (132 peer-reviewed articles, 3 editorials, 1 viewpoint paper, and 5 book chapters)

Citations (9,400+; h-index = 45) (

Top 2% of scientists and engineers (arranged by c-scores) in the subfields of Environmental Engineering and Environmental Science as listed by Stanford University in 2020

(Please see detail in my CV below)