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Clara M.A. Eichler

Research Associate


Clara studied Environmental Engineering at the Technical University in Berlin, Germany, after an excursion to Literature Studies at the Free University of Berlin. During her time at the Technical University, she worked as Layout Designer for a small publisher and as a Student Assistant in a project investigating anthropogenic trace organics and pathogens in the urban water cycle. Her master thesis was part of a project evaluating the relevance of trace organic substances in the stormwater runoff in Berlin; here she analyzed the correlation between stormwater pollutant concentrations and rain event characteristics.

Since January 2016, Clara works as a Research Associate at the Virginia Tech Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Her research interests are semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs) in the indoor environment, exposure assessment of chemicals in consumer products, wastewater process engineering, and renewable energy systems.

Areas of Interest

Indoor Air Quality, Exposure Assessment, Renewable Energy Systems, Wastewater Management

  • B.A. Comparative Literature and Political Sciences, Free University of Berlin (Germany), 2009
  • B.S. Environmental Engineering, Technical University of Berlin (Germany), 2013
  • M.S. Environmental Engineering, Technical University of Berlin (Germany), 2016
  • Research Associate, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Virginia Tech, since 1/2016
  • Intern, Kompetenzzentrum Wasser Berlin, 1/2015-9/2015
  • Student Assistant, Dept. of Environmental Technology, Technical University of Berlin, 11/2012-12/2014
  • Intern, AKUT Environmental Engineering Inc., 8/2011-9/2011
  • Layout Artist, Lehmanns Media Publishing Company, 3/2009-4/2012