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Andrew J. Whelton

Professor of Civil, Environmental & Ecological Engineering, Director of the Healthy Plumbing Consortium and Center for Plumbing Safety, Purdue University

Dr. Whelton is nationally recognized environmental engineer. Dr. Whelton has applied his unique skill set for 20 years to uncover and address problems at the interface of infrastructure materials, the environment, and public health. Topics pertaining to disaster response and recovery as well as construction site safety are just two of many topics his research has impacted. Dr. Whelton team's discoveries have positively changed how government agencies (EPA, CDC, NRC, NIOSH, NIST, Army, Navy), water utilities, nonprofit organizations, health departments, state legislatures, and building owners approach their responsibilities. Before joining Purdue University, he served on the faculty at the University of South Alabama and worked for the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) Building Fire Research Laboratory, Virginia Tech, U.S. Army, and private engineering consulting firms. A hallmark of his work is direct engagement with communities at risk. His teams have established technical support centers and websites (; to make discoveries accessible to the public and communities of interest. He earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering, M.S. in Environmental Engineering, and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech.


  • 2018–2020
    Associate Professor of Civil, Environmental, and Ecological Engineering, Purdue University
  • 2014–2018
    Assistant Professor of Civil, Environmental, and Environmental Engineering, Purdue University
  • 2011–2014
    Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering, University of South Alabama
  • 2010–2011
    NRC Postdoctoral Fellow, NIST
  • 2009–2010
    Postdoctoral Research Associate, Virginia Tech
  • 2005–2009
    Graduate Research Assistant, Virginia Tech
  • 2005–2007
    Owner, Whelton, LLC
  • 2003–2005
    Civil Engineer, U.S. Army
  • 2000–2001
    Graduate Research Assistant, Virginia Tech
  • 1998–2000
    Undergradute Research Assistant, Virginia Tech