Jeseth Delgado Vela

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Jeseth  Delgado Vela Profile Photo
Jeseth Delgado Vela Profile Photo

Research Interests

Biofilms in the urban water cycle, nitrogen cycling microbial communities, public health surveillance via wastewater, and microbial communication in biofilms

Bio

Dr. Jeseth Delgado Vela joined Duke University as an Assistant Professor in August 2023. Her work focuses on leveraging environmental biotechnology to improve urban water infrastructure. She integrates molecular tools and modeling to understand how microbial community interactions and dynamics affect engineered water treatment systems. Dr. Delgado Vela earned a Ph.D. and M.S. in Environmental Engineering and M.S. at the University of Michigan, and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining Duke, she was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Howard University. She was a recipient of the Ford Foundation Dissertation Award (2016), was named an Early Career Research Fellow by the Gulf Research Program (2022), and was awarded an NSF CAREER Award (2022).

An updated CV is available here: https://duke.box.com/v/jdv-cv-webversion

Education

  • B.S. University of Texas, Austin, 2012
  • M.S. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2014
  • Ph.D. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2018

Positions

  • Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • National Science Foundation CAREER Awards - CBET. National Science Foundation (NSF). 2022

Courses Taught

  • CEE 692: Independent Study: Advanced Topics in Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • CEE 690: Advanced Topics in Civil and Environmental Engineering