Charlie Liu

MS/PhD Student in Environmental Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines




M.S./Ph.D., Environmental Engineering In Progress, Colorado School of Mines

B.S., Chemical Engineering  (2015), University of California San Diego


Since elementary school, Charlie has been involved in his community through volunteering and leadership efforts. While he has enjoyed and continues his community involvement, finding a tangible connection between academic work, a career, and service proved difficult until he began his environmental engineering graduate studies, being co-advised by Drs. Christopher Bellona and Timothy Strathmann. Since then he has loved learning about water treatment processes and working on applied research projects. His PhD project involves the design and implementation of a hybrid membrane/photochemical treatment pilot system for poly- and perfluoro-alkyl substances (PFASs). The project is funded by the Air Force Civil Engineering Center (AFCEC) and will include a field demonstration at an Air Force base. In his free time, he enjoys living a healthy positive lifestyle, being a foodie, cooking, exploring, dragonboat racing, and playing his violin. He is also actively involved in leadership positions for the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE).


  • Integral Consulting Fellowship recipient, 2016

Contact Information

Colorado School of Mines, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, 1500 Illinois St., Golden, CO 80401. Email