Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Dr. Shaily Mahendra is a Professor in the UCLA Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and a member of the California NanoSystems Institute, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, and the Molecular Toxicology Program. She received Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley. While she studied Civil Engineering at IIT Delhi, Dr. Mahendra teaches courses and conducts research in the areas of Environmental Biotechnology and Nanotechnology. The overarching theme of her research is characterization of microbial interactions with environmental contaminants such as 1,4-dioxane, chlorinated solvents, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, nanoparticles, pesticides, munitions, antibiotics, and bisphenol analogs. Her laboratory is equipped for studying biogeochemical processes in natural and engineered systems, biodegradation of water contaminants, applications of molecular and isotopic tools in environmental microbiology, energy positive wastewater treatment, design of antimicrobial and antifouling coatings for medical and environmental applications, and application of enzymes packaged in vault nanoparticles for water treatment and bioremediation. Shaily has received NSF CAREER Award, Paul L. Busch Award, Walter Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize, DuPont Young Professor Award, Samueli Fellowship, Hellman Fellowship, PopTech Science and Public Leadership Fellowship, Northrop Grumman Excellence in Teaching Award, Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentor Award, Mahatma Gandhi Samman, Environmental Science & Technology Excellence in Review Award, AEESP Distinguished Service Award, and was cited as one of the 10 Trendsetters of 2010 by Public Works Magazine. She has produced over 60 peer-reviewed papers, 7 book chapters, 6 patent applications, 75 invited talks, and 150 conference presentations. Shaily was a speaker at TEDx Manhattan Beach in 2019. Dr. Mahendra serves as the Secretary of AEESP Board and Associate Editor of Journal of Hazardous Materials and Journal of Hazardous Materials Letters.