Allyson L. McGaughey, Ph.D.

environmental engineer interested in water treatment, resource recovery, separation processes, material design, education, and outreach towards a sustainable and equitable future


2021 Ph.D. Environmental Engineering
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Advisor: Prof. Amy Childress

2017 M.S. Environmental Engineering
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA

2014 B.S. Chemical Engineering, minor in music
University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA

academic & research experience

current Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, Princeton University

2021 Postdoctoral Associate, University of Southern California

2015-2020 Research Assistant, University of Southern California

2015-2020 Teaching Assistant, University of Southern California

honors & awards

2021 Andlinger Center Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship

2021 Jenny Wang Excellence in Teaching Award

2021 USC CEE Best Dissertation Award (Environmental Engineering)

2020 USC CEE Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award

2019 USC WiSE Merit Award

2018 USC CEE Outstanding Research Assistant Award

2018 American Membrane Technology Association / Affordable Desalination Coalition Fellowship

2015 USC Viterbi School of Engineering Ph.D. Merit Fellowship

service & leadership

2017-present Reviewer for peer-reviewed journals

2018-2020 NAWI NextGen Site Representative

2017-2020 Mentor for USC Young Researcher’s Program, USC SHINE Program, USC WiSE Program, and Científico Latino GSMI

2016 Organizer for NSF-AEESP Grand Challenges workshop

2012-2015 PADI Dive Master

2014 Course Instructor and Private Tutor at Tier One Tutors

2010-2014 Cellist in University of Washington Symphony

2009-2010 Tutor at Seattle Music Partners

skills & certifications

Instrumentation and Laboratory Skills: Scanning electron microscope and energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (FESEM-EDS) (JEOL JSM-7001F, FEI Nova NanoSEM 450, FEI Quanta 200 ESEM), atomic force microscope (AFM) (Asylum MFP-3D, Bruker Dimension Icon, Bruker Innova), X-ray photoelectron spectrometer (ThermoFisher K-Alpha), ellipsometer (Woollam M-2000), contact angle goniometer (ramé-hart Model 250, Kruss DSA100), force tensiometer (Kruss K100C); experienced in polymer synthesis via ATRP and design and fabrication of bench-scale systems and data acquisition programs for membrane performance characterization and liquid entry pressure analysis

Software: MATLAB, NI LabView, Visual Minteq, OLI Studio, ImageJ, Gwyddion, Veusz, Aspen, and Microsoft Office suite

US NCEES Engineer-in-Training Certification (2014)

PADI Divemaster and Rescue Diver Certification (2012)