Andrew Whelton

Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering and Environmental and Ecological Engineering at Purdue University

Andrew Whelton is an Environmental Engineer and Purdue University faculty member with a joint appointment in the Lyles School of Civil Engineering and Division of Environmental and Ecological Engineering. His research focusses on infrastructure, the environment, and public health with specific emphasis on emerging health and environmental risks. He is currently leading an EPA and industry supported $3 million dollar effort to understand the intersection of water conservation and drinking water safety. His team's research has focussed on how plastics affect drinking water chemical and microbiological safety, how to clean plumbing systems, and the fate of heavy metals in drinking water plumbing systems. In 2014, Whelton’s University research team worked alongside community leaders, nonprofits, and health officials in response to a drinking water disaster in West Virginia. 15% of the state was under a water ban for more than a week.Dr. Whelton previously worked for the U.S. Army, NIST, Virginia Tech and several consulting firms.