William P. Ball


Research Interests

environmental engineering, physical and chemical processes, water quality


  • Ph.D. 1990, Stanford University
  • M.S. 1977, Stanford University
  • B.S. 1976, University of Virginia
Research Areas
  • Adsorption processes in aquatic systems
  • Environmental engineering
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Groundwater contamination
  • Mass transfer in aquatic systems
  • Physical and chemical processes in water and wastewater treatment
  • Pollutant fate and transport
  • Chesapeake Bay hypoxia
  • Subsurface remediation
  • Water quality modeling (surface and subsurface waters)
  • Water, sanitation, and hygiene for development
  • Environmental implications and applications of engineered nanomaterials
  • Abel Wolman Doctoral Fellowship - AWWA
  • Academic Achievement Award -- Second Place Doctoral Dissertation - American Water Works Association (AWWA)
  • Advisor to G. Xia; Outstanding student paper award - 1998 AGU Spring Meeting
  • American Water Works Association - New York Section Best Paper Award (with H. Arora - M. LeChevallier - E. Bouwer - C. O'Melia - J. Weiss - and T. Speth)
  • Braun Intertec Visiting Professor - University of Minnesota
  • JHU Office of Student Involvement Outstanding Student Organization Advisor Award
  • Presidential Young Investigator Award - National Science Foundation
  • Rudolph Hering Medal - American Society of Civil Engineers (with A. Braghetta and F. A. DiGiano)
  • Summer Faculty Research Program Award - USAF
  • 2010:  Graduated with Highest Distinction - University of Virginia
  • 2009:  Diversity Recognition Award - Johns Hopkins Institutions Diversity Leadership Council
  • 2008:  Capers and Marion McDonald Award for Excellence in Mentoring and Advising - 2008
  • 2006:  AEESP Outstanding Publication Award (w/ Paul V. Roberts)
  • 2006:  AEESP/CH2M Hill Doctoral Thesis Award (w/ T. Helen Nguyen)
  • 2004:  Excellence in Review Award - Environmental Science and Technology
  • 2003:  Diplomate - American Academy of Environmental Engineers
  • 1997:  Advisor to C. Liu; 1997 API/NGWA Scholarship Award
  • 1988:  Member - Sigma Xi
  • 1985:  Achievement Reward for College Scientists - ARCS Foundation
  • 1980:  Professional Civil Engineer (Commonwealth of Virginia - License 12676)
  • 1976:  Nelson Taylor Fellowship - Stanford University
  • 1976:  Raven Society - Service and Academic Honorary - University of Virginia
  • 1976:  Shannon Award for Academic Achievement - University of Virginia
  • 1975:  Member - Chi Epsilon - Civil Engineering Honorary
  • 1975:  Member - Tau Beta Pi - Engineering Honorary
Journal Articles
  • Vikesland, P. J., Klausen, J., Zimmermann, H., Ball, W., Roberts, A. (2000).  Contaminant reduction by Fe(0): Evaluation of transport properties and chemical reactivity over time.  Abstracts of Papers American Chemical Society.  220(Part 1).  358.
Conference Proceedings
  • Perlman, E., Burns, R., Kazhdan, M., Murphy, R. R., Ball, W., Amenta, N. (2010).  Organization of data in non-convex spatial domains.  Scientific and Statistical Database Management.  Springer Berlin Heidelberg.  342–359.
  • "Implications of an "Inverse Storage Effect" on the Sensitivity of Watershed Transit Times to Rainfall Variability at Plynlimon, Wales", American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting.  San Francisco, CA.  2015
  • "Evaluation of Methods for Estimating Long-Range Dependence in Water Quality Time Series with Missing Data and Irregular Sampling", Fall Meeting.  San Francisco, CA.  2014
  • "Modeling of Time-Varying Stream Water Age Distributions: Preliminary Investigations with Non-Conservative Solutes", Fall Meeting.  San Francisco, CA.  2014
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