Ball, William P.

Professor
Environmental Health And Engineering

Ames Hall 301
(410) 516-5434
bball@jhu.edu

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Education
  • Ph.D. 1990, STANFORD UNIVERSITY
Experience
  • 2011 - 2011:  Delegate, US-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission
  • 2008 - 2011:  Chair, AEESP Foundation
  • 2006 - 2008:  Vice Chair, Gordon Research Conference on Environmental Sciences
  • 2004 - Present:  Specialist Group on Assessment and Control of Hazardous Substances in Water, International Water Association (IWA), International Water Association
Research Areas
  • Adsorption processes in aquatic systems
  • Chesapeake Bay Hypoxia
  • ENVIRONMENTAL engineering
  • Enviornmental implicaitons and applications of engineered nanomaterials
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Groundwater contamination
  • Mass transfer in aqautic systems
  • Physical and chemical processes in water and wastewater treatment
  • Pollutant fate and transport
  • Subsurface remediation
  • Water, sanitation, and hygiene for development
  • Water quality modeling (surface and subsurface waters)
Awards
  • 2018:  Rudolph Hering Medal - American Society of Civil Engineers (with A. Braghetta and F. A. DiGiano)
  • 2018:  Summer Faculty Research Program Award - USAF
  • 2018:  JHU Office of Student Involvement Outstanding Student Organization Advisor Award
  • 2018:  Abel Wolman Doctoral Fellowship - AWWA
  • 2018:  Academic Achievement Award -- Second Place Doctoral Dissertation - American Water Works Association (AWWA)
  • 2018:  Advisor to G. Xia; Outstanding student paper award - 1998 AGU Spring Meeting
  • 2018:  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)
  • 2018:  Braun Intertec Visiting Professor - University of Minnesota
  • 2018:  Presidential Young Investigator Award - National Science Foundation
  • 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/CH2M Hill Doctoral Thesis Award (w/ T. Helen Nguyen)
  • 2006:  AEESP Outstanding Publication Award (w/ Paul V. Roberts)
  • 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 - Tau Beta Pi - Engineering Honorary
  • 1975:  Member - Chi Epsilon - Civil Engineering Honorary
Presentations
  • "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.  December 1, 2015
  • "Modeling of Time-Varying Stream Water Age Distributions: Preliminary Investigations with Non-Conservative Solutes", Fall Meeting.  San Francisco, CA.  December 1, 2014
  • "Evaluation of Methods for Estimating Long-Range Dependence in Water Quality Time Series with Missing Data and Irregular Sampling", Fall Meeting.  San Francisco, CA.  December 1, 2014

Publications

Journal Articles
  • Wilusz DC, Harman CJ, Ball WP (2017).  Sensitivity of Catchment Transit Times to Rainfall Variability Under Present and Future Climates.  Water Resources Research.  53(12).
  • Zhang Q, Ball WP (2017).  Improving riverine constituent concentration and flux estimation by accounting for antecedent discharge conditions.  Journal of Hydrology.  547.
  • Zhang Q, Harman CJ, Ball WP (2016).  An improved method for interpretation of riverine concentration-discharge relationships indicates long-term shifts in reservoir sediment trapping.  Geophysical Research Letters.  43(19).
  • Zhang Q, Ball WP, Moyer DL (2016).  Decadal-scale export of nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment from the Susquehanna River basin, USA: Analysis and synthesis of temporal and spatial patterns.  Science of the Total Environment.  563-564.
  • Zhang Q, Hirsch RM, Ball WP (2016).  Long-Term Changes in Sediment and Nutrient Delivery from Conowingo Dam to Chesapeake Bay: Effects of Reservoir Sedimentation.  Environmental Science and Technology.  50(4).
  • Zhang Q, Brady DC, Boynton WR, Ball WP (2015).  Long-Term Trends of Nutrients and Sediment from the Nontidal Chesapeake Watershed: An Assessment of Progress by River and Season.  Journal of the American Water Resources Association.  51(6).
  • Zhang Q, Brady DC, Boynton WR, Ball WP (2015).  Long-Term Trends of Nutrients and Sediment from the Nontidal Chesapeake Watershed: An Assessment of Progress by River and Season.  Journal of the American Water Resources Association.  51(6).
  • Zhang Q, Brady DC, Boynton WR, Ball WP (2015).  Long-Term Trends of Nutrients and Sediment from the Nontidal Chesapeake Watershed: An Assessment of Progress by River and Season.  Journal of the American Water Resources Association.
  • Murphy RR, Perlman E, Ball WP, Curriero FC (2015).  Water-distance-based kriging in Chesapeake Bay.  Journal of Hydrologic Engineering.  20(9).
  • Kelley CD, Krolick A, Brunner L, Burklund A, Kahn D, Ball WP, Weber-Shirk M (2014).  An affordable open-source turbidimeter.  Sensors (Switzerland).  14(4).
  • Yang J, Bitter JL, Smith BA, Fairbrother DH, Ball WP (2013).  Transport of oxidized multi-walled carbon nanotubes through silica based porous media: Influences of aquatic chemistry, surface chemistry, and natural organic matter.  Environmental Science and Technology.  47(24).
  • Zhang Q, Brady DC, Ball WP (2013).  Long-term seasonal trends of nitrogen, phosphorus, and suspended sediment load from the non-tidal Susquehanna River Basin to Chesapeake Bay.  Science of the Total Environment.  452-453.
  • Smith B, Yang J, Bitter JL, Ball WP, Fairbrother DH (2012).  Influence of surface oxygen on the interactions of carbon nanotubes with natural organic matter.  Environmental Science and Technology.  46(23).
  • Murphy RR, Kemp WM, Ball WP (2011).  Long-Term Trends in Chesapeake Bay Seasonal Hypoxia, Stratification, and Nutrient Loading.  Estuaries and Coasts.  34(6).
  • Perlman E, Burns R, Kazhdan M, Murphy RR, Ball WP, Amenta N (2010).  Organization of data in non-convex spatial domains.  Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics).  6187 LNCS.
  • Schwab K, Figueroa ME, Ball W, Guikema S, Zaitchik B, Young C (2010).  JHU global water program.  Johns Hopkins APL Technical Digest (Applied Physics Laboratory).  28(3).
  • Chen KL, Smith BA, Ball WP, Fairbrother DH (2010).  Assessing the colloidal properties of engineered nanoparticles in water: Case studies from fullerene C60 nanoparticles and carbon nanotubes.  Environmental Chemistry.  7(1).
  • Murphy RR, Curriero FC, Ball WP (2010).  Comparison of spatial interpolation methods for water quality evaluation in the chesapeake bay.  Journal of Environmental Engineering.  136(2).
  • Cho HH, Wepasnick K, Smith BA, Bangash FK, Fairbrother DH, Ball WP (2010).  Sorption of aqueous Zn[II] and Cd[II] by multiwall carbon nanotubes: The relative roles of oxygen-containing functional groups and graphenic carbon.  Langmuir.  26(2).
  • Bai J, Liu C, Ball WP (2009).  Study of sorption-retarded U(VI) diffusion in Hanford silt/clay material.  Environmental Science and Technology.  43(20).
  • Smith B, Wepasnick K, Schrote KE, Cho HH, Ball WP, Fairbrother DH (2009).  Influence of surface oxides on the colloidal stability of multi-walled carbon nanotubes: A structure-property relationship.  Langmuir.  25(17).
  • Smith B, Wepasnick K, Schrote KE, Bertele AR, Ball WP, O'Melia C, Fairbrother DH (2009).  Colloidal properties of aqueous suspensions of acid-treated, multi-walled carbon nanotubes.  Environmental Science and Technology.  43(3).
  • Cho HH, Smith B, Wepasnick KA, Fairbrother H, Ball WP (2008).  Influence of surface oxide groups on the adsorption of Zn (II) and naphthalene onto multiwalled carbon nanotubes.  ACS National Meeting Book of Abstracts.
  • Ball WP, Brady DC, Brooks MT, Burns R, Cuker BE, Di Toro DM, Gross TF, Kemp WM, Murray L, Murphy RR, Perlman E, Piasecki M, Testa JM, Zaslavsky I (2008).  Prototype system for multidisciplinary shared cyberinfrastructure: Chesapeake bay environmental observatory.  Journal of Hydrologic Engineering.  13(10).
  • Cho HH, Smith BA, Wnuk JD, Fairbrother DH, Ball WP (2008).  Influence of surface oxides on the adsorption of naphthalene onto multiwalled carbon nanotubes.  Environmental Science and Technology.  42(8).
  • Cho HH, Smith BA, Wepasnick K, Fairbrother H, Ball WP (2008).  Influence of surface oxide groups on the adsorption of Zn (II) and naphthalene onto multi-walled carbon nanotubes.  ACS, Division of Environmental Chemistry - Preprints of Extended Abstracts.  48(2).
  • Haws NW, Paraskewich MR, Hilpert M, Ball WP (2007).  Effect of fluid velocity on model-estimated rates of radial solute diffusion in a cylindrical macropore column.  Water Resources Research.  43(10).
  • Hammes K, Schmidt MWI, Smernik RJ, Currie LA, Ball WP, Nguyen TH, Louchouarn P, Houel S, Gustafsson O, Elmquist M, Cornelissen G, Skjemstad JO, Masiello CA, Song J, Peng P, Mitra S, Dunn JC, Hatcher P... (2007).  Comparison of quantification methods to measure fire-derived (black-elemental) carbon in soils and sediments using reference materials from soil, water, sediment and the atmosphere.  Global Biogeochemical Cycles.  21(3).
  • Haws NW, Ball WP, Bouwer EJ (2007).  Effects of initial solute distribution on contaminant availability, desorption modeling, and subsurface remediation.  Journal of Environmental Quality.  36(5).
  • Nguyen TH, Cho HH, Poster DL, Ball WP (2007).  Evidence for a pore-filling mechanism in the adsorption of aromatic hydrocarbons to a natural wood char.  Environmental Science and Technology.  41(4).
  • Dong W, Xie G, Miller TR, Franklin MP, Oxenberg TP, Bouwer EJ, Ball WP, Halden RU (2006).  Sorption and bioreduction of hexavalent uranium at a military facility by the Chesapeake Bay.  Environmental Pollution.  142(1).
  • Nguyen TH, Ball WP (2006).  Absorption and adsorption of hydrophobic organic contaminants to diesel and hexane soot.  Environmental Science and Technology.  40(9).
  • Haws NW, Bouwer EJ, Ball WP (2006).  The influence of biogeochemical conditions and level of model complexity when simulating cometabolic biodegradation in sorbent-water systems.  Advances in Water Resources.  29(4).
  • Brown RA, Kercher AK, Nguyen TH, Nagle DC, Ball WP (2006).  Production and characterization of synthetic wood chars for use as surrogates for natural sorbents.  Organic Geochemistry.  37(3).
  • Haws NW, Ball WP, Bouwer EJ (2006).  Modeling and interpreting bioavailability of organic contaminant mixtures in subsurface environments.  Journal of Contaminant Hydrology.  82(3-4).
  • Nguyen TH, Langley LA, Fairbrother DH, Ball WP (2005).  Sorption of hydrophobic organic contaminants to black carbons.  ACS, Division of Environmental Chemistry - Preprints of Extended Abstracts.  45(2).
  • Dong W, Ball WP, Liu C, Wang Z, Stone AT, Bai J, Zachara JM (2005).  Influence of calcite and dissolved calcium on uranium(VI) sorption to a Hanford subsurface sediment.  Environmental Science and Technology.  39(20).
  • Nguyen TH, Sabbah I, Ball WP (2005).  Immobilization of soot particles in a silica matrix: A sorbent-carrier system for studying organic chemical sorption.  Environmental Science and Technology.  39(17).
  • Sabbah I, Ball WP, Young DF, Bouwer EJ (2005).  Misinterpretations in the modeling of contaminant desorption from environmental solids when equilibrium conditions are not fully understood.  Environmental Engineering Science.  22(3).
  • Nguyen TH, Goss KU, Ball WP (2005).  Polyparameter linear free energy relationships for estimating the equilibrium partition of organic compounds between water and the natural organic matter in soils and sediments.  Environmental Science and Technology.  39(4).
  • Sabbah I, Ball WP, D'Adamo PC, Bouwer EJ (2004).  Modeling the effect of aging on naphthalene and phenanthrene desorption rates from borden sand.  ACS, Division of Environmental Chemistry - Preprints of Extended Abstracts.  44(2).
  • Sabbah I, Ball WP, D'Adamo PC, Bouwer EJ (2004).  Modeling the effect of aging on naphthalene and phenanthrene desorption rates from Borden sand.  ACS National Meeting Book of Abstracts.  228(1).
  • Nguyen TH, Sabbah I, Ball WP (2004).  Sorption nonlinearity for organic contaminants with diesel soot: Method development and isotherm interpretation.  Environmental Science and Technology.  38(13).
  • Weiss WJ, Bouwer EJ, Ball WP, O'Melia CR, Aboytes R, Speth TF (2004).  Riverbank filtration: Effect of ground passage on NOM character.  Journal of Water Supply: Research and Technology - AQUA.  53(2).
  • Nguyen TH, Brown RA, Ball WP (2004).  An evaluation of thermal resistance as a measure of black carbon content in diesel soot, wood char, and sediment.  Organic Geochemistry.  35(3).
  • Nguyen TH, Sabbah I, Ball WP (2004).  Immobilization of nanoparticles in diatomaceous earth: A synthetic sediment for studying sorption by environmental black carbon.  ACS National Meeting Book of Abstracts.  228(1).
  • Nguyen TH, Sabbah I, Ball WP (2003).  Precise measures of sorption non-linearity for hydrophobic organic chemicals with diesel soot.  ACS Division of Environmental Chemistry, Preprints.  43(2).
  • Weiss WJ, Bouwer EJ, Ball WP, O'Melia CR, Arora H, Speth TF (2003).  Comparing RBF with bench-scale conventional treatment for precursor reduction.  Journal / American Water Works Association.  95(12).
  • Weiss WJ, Bouwer EJ, Ball WP, O'Melia CR, LeChevallier MW, Arora H, Speth TF (2003).  Riverbank filtration - Fate of DBP precursors and selected microorganisms.  Journal / American Water Works Association.  95(10).
  • Vikesland PJ, Klausen J, Zimmermann H, Roberts AL, Ball WP (2003).  Longevity of granular iron in groundwater treatment processes: Changes in solute transport properties over time.  Journal of Contaminant Hydrology.  64(1-2).
  • Klausen J, Vikesland PJ, Kohn T, Burris DR, Ball WP, Roberts AL (2003).  Longevity of granular iron in groundwater treatment processes: Solution composition effects on reduction of organohalides and nitroaromatic compounds.  Environmental Science and Technology.  37(6).
  • Allen-King RM, Grathwohl P, Ball WP (2002).  New modeling paradigms for the sorption of hydrophobic organic chemicals to heterogeneous carbonaceous matter in soils, sediments, and rocks.  Advances in Water Resources.  25(8-12).
  • Liu C, Ball WP (2002).  Back diffusion of chlorinated solvent contaminants from a natural aquitard to a remediated aquifer under well-controlled field conditions: Predictions and measurements.  Ground Water.  40(2).
  • Vikesland PJ, Klausen J, Zimmermann H, Ball WP, Roberts AL (2000).  Contaminant reduction by Fe(0): evaluation of transport properties and chemical reactivity over time.  ACS National Meeting Book of Abstracts.  40(2).
  • Ball WP, D'Adamo PC, Paraskewich MR, Bouwer EJ (2000).  Predicting sequestration effects for hydrophobic organic chemicals: Mountain of research and a modicum of application.  ACS Division of Environmental Chemistry, Preprints.  40(2).
  • Vikesland PJ, Klausen J, Zimmermann H, Ball WP, Roberts AL (2000).  Contaminant reduction by Fe(0): Evaluation of transport properties and chemical reactivity over time.  ACS Division of Environmental Chemistry, Preprints.  40(2).
  • Xia G, Ball WP (2000).  Polanyi-based models for the competitive sorption of low-polarity organic contaminants on a natural sorbent.  Environmental Science and Technology.  34(7).
  • Young DF, Ball WP (2000).  Column experimental design requirements for estimating model parameters from temporal moments under nonequilibrium conditions.  Advances in Water Resources.  23(5).
  • Liu C, Szecsody JE, Zachara JM, Ball WP (2000).  Use of the generalized integral transform method for solving equations of solute transport in porous media.  Advances in Water Resources.  23(5).
  • Mackay DM, Wilson RD, Brown MJ, Ball WP, Xia G, Durfee DP (2000).  A controlled field evaluation of continuous vs. pulsed pump-and-treat remediation of a VOC-contaminated aquifer: Site characterization, experimental setup, and overview of results.  Journal of Contaminant Hydrology.  41(1-2).
  • Vikesland PJ, 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.
  • Arnold WA, Ball WP, Roberts AL (1999).  Polychlorinated ethane reaction with zero-valent zinc: Pathways and rate control.  Journal of Contaminant Hydrology.  40(2).
  • Young DF, Ball WP (1999).  Two-region linear/nonlinear sorption modeling: Batch and column experiments.  Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.  18(8).
  • Xia G, Ball WP (1999).  Adsorption-partitioning uptake of nine low-polarity organic chemicals on a natural sorbent.  Environmental Science and Technology.  33(2).
  • Chongxuan L, Ball WP (1999).  Application of inverse methods to contaminant source identification from aquitard diffusion profiles at Dover AFB, Delaware.  Water Resources Research.  35(7).
  • Zhang WX, Bouwer EJ, Ball WP (1998).  Bioavailability of hydrophobic organic contaminants: Effects and implications of sorption-related mass transfer on bioremediation.  Ground Water Monitoring and Remediation.  18(1).
  • Braghetta A, Digiano FA, Ball WP (1998).  NOM accumulation at NF membrane surface: impact of chemistry and shear.  Journal of Environmental Engineering.  124(11).
  • Young DF, Ball WP (1998).  Estimating diffusion coefficients in low-permeability porous media using a macropore column.  Environmental Science and Technology.  32(17).
  • Chongxuan Liu , Ball WP (1998).  Analytical modeling of diffusion-limited contamination and decontamination in a two-layer porous medium.  Advances in Water Resources.  21(4).
  • Kimani Njoroge BN, Ball WP, Cherry RS (1998).  Sorption of 1,2,4-trichlorobenzene and tetrachloroethene within an authigenic soil profile: Changes in K(oc) with soil depth.  Journal of Contaminant Hydrology.  29(4).
  • Young DF, Ball WP (1997).  Modeling batch and column data with two-region linear/nonlinear sorption models.  ACS Division of Environmental Chemistry, Preprints.  37(2).
  • Ball WP, Xia G, Durfee DP, Wilson RD, Brown MJ, Mackay DM (1997).  Hot methanol extraction for the analysis of volatile organic chemicals in subsurface core samples from Dover Air Force Base, Delaware.  Ground Water Monitoring and Remediation.  17(1).
  • Ball WP, Liu C, Xia G, Young DF (1997).  A diffusion-based interpretation of tetrachloroethene and trichloroethene concentration profiles in a groundwater aquitard.  Water Resources Research.  33(12).
  • Young DF, Ball WP (1997).  Injection mode effects on tracer experiments in columns.  Journal of Hydrologic Engineering.  2(3).
  • Braghetta A, DiGiano FA, Ball WP (1997).  Nanofiltration of natural organic matter: pH and ionic strength effects.  Journal of Environmental Engineering.  123(7).
  • Young DF, Ball WP (1997).  Effects of column conditions on the first-order rate modeling of nonequilibrium solute breakthrough: Cylindrical macropores versus spherical media.  Water Resources Research.  33(5).
  • Young DF, Ball WP (1995).  Effects of column conditions on the first-order rate modeling of nonequilibrium solute breakthrough.  Water Resources Research.  31(9).
  • Young DF, Ball WP (1994).  A priori simulation of tetrachloroethene transport through aquifer material using an intraparticle diffusion model.  Environmental Progress.  13(1).
  • Jiang Z, Ball WP (1994).  Computer simulation of pulsed pumping for remediation under mass transfer limited conditions.  National Conference on Environmental Engineering.
  • Freiburger EJ, Jacobs TL, Ball WP (1993).  Probabilistic evaluation of packed-tower aeration designs for VOC removal.  Journal / American Water Works Association.  85(10).
  • Ball WP, Roberts PV (1992).  Comment on "long-term sorption of halogenated organic chemicals by aquifer material. 1. Equilibrium".  Environmental Science and Technology.  26(11).
  • Ball WP, Roberts PV (1991).  Long-term sorption of halogenated organic chemicals by aquifer material. 2. Intraparticle diffusion.  Environmental Science and Technology.  25(7).
  • Ball WP, Roberts PV (1991).  Long-term sorption of halogenated organic chemicals by aquifer material. 1. Equilibrium.  Environmental Science and Technology.  25(7).
  • Ball WP, Goltz MN, Roberts PV (1990).  Sorption rate studies with halogenated organic chemicals and sandy aquifer material. Implications for solute transport and groundwater remediation.  National Conference on Environmental Engineering.
  • Ball WP, Buehler C, Harmon TC, Mackay DM, Roberts PV (1990).  Characterization of a sandy aquifer material at the grain scale.  Journal of Contaminant Hydrology.  5(3).
  • Mackay DM, Ball WP, Durant MG (1986).  Variability of aquifer sorption properties in a field experiment on groundwater transport of organic solutes: Methods and preliminary results.  Journal of Contaminant Hydrology.  1(1-2).
  • Ball WP, Jones MD, Kavanaugh MC (1984).  Mass transfer of volatile organic compounds in packed tower aeration.  Journal of the Water Pollution Control Federation.  56(2).
  • Kavanaugh MC, Ball WP, Carter KB, Cassel AF, Glaser HT, James CR, Sadick TE, Holmgren RS, Hancuff WR, DeBoice J, Tubbs L, Trussell RR (1981).  POTOMAC ESTUARY EXPERIMENTAL WATER TREATMENT PLANT: A CASE STUDY OF TREATING A HEAVILY POLLUTED SOURCE..  Proceedings - Water Reuse Symposium.  1.
Book Chapters
  • Fairbrother H, Smith B, Wnuk J, Wepasnick K, Ball WP, Cho H, Bangash FK (2008).  Surface Oxides on Carbon Nanotubes (CNTs): Effects on CNT Stability and Sorption Properties in Aquatic Environments.  Nanoscience and Nanotechnology: Environmental and Health Impacts.
Conference Proceedings
  • Perlman E, Burns R, Kazhdan M, Murphy RR, Ball W, Amenta N (2010).  Organization of data in non-convex spatial domains.  Scientific and Statistical Database Management.  Springer Berlin Heidelberg.  342-359.
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