Skills

Skills

Solid Phase Extraction

Used SPE apparatus to extract pharmaceuticals from one liter wastewater samples.

SigmaPlot

Used Statistical Package for comparison analysis to determine statistical significance (p-value).

Minitab

Statistical software used for graphical statistics such as probability plots.

Microsoft Office

Proficient in Word, Excel, Power Point, and Publisher. Uses Outlook for email messages.

Interest

  • Water Quality
  • Wastewater treatability
  • Environmental (Public) Health
  • Community based research/Environmental risk assessment
  • Environmental and Social Justice

Portfolio

Work History

Work History
Aug 2007 - Dec 2012

Graduate Research Assistant

The University of Alabama

  • Conducted research on a collaborative U.S. EPA Emerging Contaminants Project with Penn State Harrisburg and Miles College
  • Developed literature review on targeted emerging contaminants and their treatment in conventional and alternative wastewater treatment plants. Compounds studied included: naphthalene, acenaphthene, acenaphthylene, phenanthrene, anthracene, fluorene, fluoranthene, pyrene, carbamazepine, fluoxetine, gemfibrozil, ibuprofen, sulfamethoxazole, triclosan and trimethoprim. Became familiar with NPDES permitting system during research 
  • Collected wastewater samples from each sampling location of the treatment plant for analysis of major polycyclic aromatic compounds, pharmaceuticals and pesticides. Prepped samples for extraction
  • Assisted co-PI in extractions of pharmaceuticals using solid phase extractions and PAHs using distillation extraction using a KD separatory funnel
  • Assisted co-PI in analysis of  compounds using GC-MS and HPLC
  • Compared wastewater samples collected during significant rain events to wastewater samples collected during normal weather conditions using statistical analysis
  • Presented my finding at several technical conferences including the Water Environment Federation (WEF), the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Environmental Water Resources Institute (EWRI) and Conference on Stormwater and Urban Water Systems Modeling (CHI)
Jan 2010 - Oct 2012

Athletic Tutor

The University of Alabama

  • Tutored freshman and upperclass general chemistry courses
  • Developed study sessions for tests and final exams when needed
Oct 2007 - Aug 2008

Student Intern

The University of Alabama/Alabama Geological Survey

  • Organized filing system for water well reports for the State of Alabama
  • Identified water wells that were missing from data set
  • Scanned retrieved water well logs for the Geographical Information System (GIS) for the mapping system for the website of the Geological Survey of Alabama
Jan 2001 - Aug 2005

Public Health Environmentalist

Alabama Department of Public Health

  • Inspected conventional and engineered designed private onsite sewage disposal sanitary systems (septic tanks)
  • Evaluated soil tests and percolation tests to determine if soils are suitable for the installation of onsite sewage disposal systems
  • Issued permits for new conventional and engineering designed onsite sewage disposal systems and for repair of existing onsite sewage disposal systems
  • Enforced regulations according to the Rules of State Board of Health Bureau of Environmental Services, Division of Community Environmental Protection Chapter 420-3-1
  • Investigated any solid waste reports and inspected trucks that dispose municipal garbage
  • Investigated reports of animal biting humans and enforced regulations according to the Alabama Department of Public Health State Board of Health Administrative Code
May 1995 - Aug 1995

MBRS Intern

National Center for Toxicological Research

  • Conducted research study on the effect of phytoestrogens on the ovaries of rat species.
  • Produced literature review on previous research of the oncogenes in rats.
  • Presented my findings at the end of the summer at a symposium

Education

Education
Aug 2005 - May 2013

Doctor of Philosophy

The University of Alabama

  • Professional Achievements
    • First African-American female PhD in Civil Engineering
    • Future Faculty Fellow (2005-2007)

  • Academic Service
    • The University of Alabama Library Committee (Fall 2008 – Spring 2009)
    • The University of Alabama Student Health Committee (Fall 2008 – Spring 2009)
    • The University of Alabama Graduate Council Admission and Recruitment Council Committee (Fall 2008 – Spring 2010)
    • The University of Alabama African-American Graduate Student Association
      • Member (2005-2012)
      • Vice President (2006-2008)
      • President (2008-2010)
  • Professional Organizations
    • National Society of Black Engineers
    • Black Warrior Environmental Association

CONFERENCE PAPERS

Goodson, K. L., R. Pitt, S. Subramaniam, and S. Clark; "The Effect of Increased Flows on the

Treatability of Emerging Contaminants in a Wastewater Treatment Plant during Rain

Events", In Proceedings of the Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and

Conference; New Orleans, LA, September 29-October 3, 2012

Goodson, K.L., R. Pitt, S. Subramaniam and S. Clark; "The Effects of Stormwater Infiltration on

the Treatability of Emerging Contaminants in Conventional Wastewater Treatment

Systems" In Proceedings of the Water Environment Federation Stormwater Symposium, Baltimore, Maryland, July 18-20, 2012

Goodson, K.L., R. Pitt, S. Subramaniam and S. Clark; "Evaluation of the Treatability of

Pharmaceuticals, PAHs and Pesticides during Wet Weather Flows in a Wastewater

Treatment Plant." In Proceedings of the World Environmental and Water Resources

Congress, Albuquerque, New Mexico, May 20-24, 2012

Goodson, K.L., R. Pitt, S. Subramaniam and S. Clark; "The Effect of Stormwater on the

Wastewater Treatability: A Study of Targeted Emerging Contaminants at a Wastewater Treatment Plant." In Proceedings of the International Stormwater and Urban Water Systems Conference, Toronto, Canada, February 22-23, 2012

Goodson, K.L., R. Pitt, S. Subramaniam, S. Clark; “Treatability of Emerging Contaminants in

Wastewater under Wet Weather Conditions” In Proceedings of the World Environmental and Water Resources Congress; Palm Springs, CA; May 22-26, 2011

PUBLICATIONS

Goodson, K.L. (2013). Treatability of Emerging Contaminants in Wastewater Treatment Plants during Wet Weather Flows. PhD dissertation, The University of Alabama. Ann Arbor: ProQuest/UMI. (Publication No. AAT 3562418) –July 2013

Pitt, R., Clark, S., Subramaniam, S.Goodson, K., Ogburn, O., Eppakayala, V., and Wilson, B. (2013). Identification and Treatment of Emerging Contaminants in Wet Weather Flows-Final EPA Report. The University of Alabama, Penn State University-Harrisburg  and Miles College. EPA Contract No: EP-C-07-014. –Submission in progress

Goodson, K.L. (2013). The Effect of Stormwater on the Wastewater Treatability: A Study of Targeted Emerging Contaminants at a Wastewater Treatment Plant. On Modeling Urban Water Systems, Monograph 21.-Under Review

Aug 1993 - May 1997

Bachelor of Science

Stillman College

  • Special Recognition
    • Graduated Cum Laude
    • Chemistry Award
    • Eckerd Scholar
    • MBRS/MARC Scholar
  • Organizations
    • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
    • Phi Beta Lamba Business Fraternity, Inc

References

References

Dr. Robert Pitt

  • Dissertation chair and advisor. Worked with him on the U.S. EPA research project called Identification of Emerging Contaminants during Wet Weather with data from wastewater treatment plants
  • Director of Environmental Engineering programs, University of Alabama
  • Specializes in stormwater treatability and stormwater management and regulation.
  • http://rpitt.eng.ua.edu/Pitt_resume.pdf

Dr. Karen Boykin

I worked with Dr. Boykin when she was a co-PI with the NSF/EPSCoR Nano/Bio  Science and Sensors

Dr. Ebony Johnson

Ebony is a great friend and colleague who I met while Vice President of the African-American Graduate Student Association. We worked with many projects for AAGSA.

Dr. Nadia Richardson

Nadia is a great friend and colleague of mine. We have worked together in student organizations involving graduate student and multiculturalism functions at The University of Alabama

Dr. Charlotte Carter

Worked with Dr. Carter when I was an undergraduate chemistry student and MBRS scholar

Greg Singleton

Worked with Mr. Singleton with the Multicultural Engineering Program and Engineering Student Services