Amy Pruden | US
Amy Pruden is the W. Thomas Rice Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech. Her research focuses on bringing a microbial ecological perspective to understanding and advancing design and management of environmental systems to combat antibiotic resistance and opportunistic pathogens, such as Legionella. Her current research, funded by The National Science Foundation, US Department of Agriculture, Water Research Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control focuses on advancing practical means of antibiotic resistance monitoring, mitigation, and risk assessment in wastewater, recycled water, and other water systems. Pruden is currently the Co-Principle Investigator on a Partnership for International Research and Education (PIRE) grant with the goal of fostering interdisciplinary international collaboration towards identifying barriers to antibiotics and antibiotic resistance in wastewater, recycled water, and affected receiving environments, including surface water, groundwater, and distribution systems. She is also serving on the National Academy of Sciences committee on Management of Legionella in Water Systems. She has authored over 125 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles and currently serves as an Associate Editor of Environmental Science & Technology. Pruden is the recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering and the Paul L. Busch Award for innovation in water research.