Joshua Kearns

Asst Professor

  • Mann Hall 315

Josh joined the CCEE faculty in January 2018 as Assistant Professor and member of the new NC State Global WaSH (Water-Sanitation-Hygiene) faculty cluster.

His goals for the WaSH cluster include employing state-of-the-art chemical analytical techniques combined with laboratory- and field- based research methods to solve the most pressing environmental health issues affecting communities in resource poor settings worldwide.

Josh’s research interests include field and laboratory methods for detection of pollutants in drinking water sources along with the development of affordable and locally managed treatment technologies. Josh pioneered the use of biochar – a charcoal material generated from local biomass – as an adsorbent to remove chemical toxins such as herbicides, pharmaceuticals, and industrial pollutants in low cost water treatment.

Josh has over ten years’ experience working in WaSH development with villages and community based organizations in southeast Asia. Josh also conducts an ongoing field research and WaSH practitioners’ education program with a community based organization in central Mexico.

Learn more about Josh’s work at the Kearns Lab web page.

 

Education

BS 2000

Chemistry

Clemson University

MS 2005

Biogeochemistry

University of California-Berkeley

PhD 2016

Environmental Engineering

University of Colorado