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Diana M. Byrne
Ph.D. Student in Environmental Engineering at UIUC
M.S. Civil Engineering from UIUC
B.S. Civil Engineering from Saint Louis University

Diana's Bio and Research Description: Diana's research focuses on applying and adapting sustainable design tools such as life cycle assessment (LCA) and quantitative microbial risk assessment (QMRA) to evaluate water and sanitation infrastructure in both developed and resource-limited settings. Her previous research focused on advancing the environmental and economic sustainability of roadway drainage by connecting design decisions to environmental impacts across scales (local and global). Diana joined the Guest Group in 2013 after completing her undergraduate education at Saint Louis University. Ultimately, Diana wishes to combine her passions for engineering and social justice to solve problems that have meaningful impacts for people and the environment. 

Byrne, D.M., Grabowski, M.K., Benitez, A.C., Schmidt, A.R., & Guest, J.S. (2017). Evaluation of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for Roadway Drainage Systems. Environmental Science & Technology, 51(16), 9261-9270.

Byrne, D.M., Lohman, H., Cook, S., Peters, G., & Guest, J.S. (2017). Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of Urban Water Infrastructure: Emerging Approaches to Balance Objectives and Inform Comprehensive Decision-Making. Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology.

Selected Presentations: 
Byrne, D.M.; Grabowski, M.K.; Benitez, A.C.B.; Schmidt, A.; Guest, J.S. (Presentation) Sustainability trade-offs in the design of roadway drainage systems. 2016 World Environmental & Water Resources Congress; Environmental & Water Resources Institute; West Palm Beach, Fl; May 22-26, 2016.

Byrne, D.M.; Grabowski, M.K.; Benitez, A.C.B.; Schmidt, A.; Guest, J.S. (Poster) A comprehensive environmental and economic sustainability assessment of roadway drainage systems. Association of Environmental Engineering & Science Professors (AEESP) 2015 Conference. Yale University; New Haven, CT; June 13-16, 2015.

Byrne, D.M.; Mei, Y.; Guest, J.S.; Eckelman, M.J., Henderson, A.D. (Presentation) LCA as a Decision Support Tool for (Waste)Water Management: Navigating Trade-Offs Across Scales. LCA XIV; American Center for Life Cycle Assessment, San Francisco, CA; October 5-8, 2014.