Dr. Shalini Jayasundera

Environmental Engineering and Science

Personal Bio

email: sjayasundera@aol.com

Education History

  • Engineering Chemical Engineering, University of Moratuwa
  • Engineering Environmental Engineering, University of Maryland
  • Engineering Environmental Engineering, University of Maryland

Work Experience

Director, CSRA

Publications

Peer Reviewed
Rees, D.; Baranowski, C.; Jayasundera, S., “Infrastructure Security and All Hazards Risk Assessment Approach for the Water Sector” 11th International Probabilistic Safety Assessment and Management Conference and the Annual European Safety and Reliability Conference Proceedings, Helsinki, Finland, June 25–29, 2012
Rees, D.; Fries, S; Jayasundera, S., Baranowski, C. “Managing Climate Change Risk – the development of a climate change risk assessment and scenario-based planning tool for the water sector” 11th International Probabilistic Safety Assessment and Management Conference and the Annual European Safety and Reliability Conference Proceedings, Helsinki, Finland, June 25–29, 2012
Jayasundera, S.; Zeinali, M.; Miller, J. B.; Velea, L.; Gaber, B. P.; Markowitz, M. A. “Investigation of interactions in molecular recognition of phosphonate imprinted organosilicates and the role of water” (J. Phys.Chem.B., 2006, 110(37), 1812 -18125)
Jayasundera, S.; Burleigh, M. C.; Zeinali, M.; Spector, M. S.; Miller, J. B.; Yan, W.; Dai, S.; Markowitz, M. A. “Organosilica copolymers for the adsorption and separation of multiple pollutants” (J. Phys.Chem.B., 2005, 109(19), 9198-9201)
Jayasundera, S.; Schmidt, W. F.; Reeves, J. B.; Dao, T. H. “Direct 31P NMR spectroscopic measurement of phosphorous forms in dairy manures” (J. Food Agri. Env., 2005, Vol.3 (2), 328-333)
Burleigh, M. C.; Jayasundera, S.; Spector, M. S.; Thomas, C. W.; Markowitz, M. A.; Gaber, B. P. “A new family of copolymers: Multifunctional periodic mesoporous organosilicas” (Chem Mater., 2004, 16, 3-5)
Burleigh, M. C.; Jayasundera, S.; Thomas, C. W.; Spector, M. S.; Markowitz, M. A.; Gaber, B. P. “A versatile synthetic approach to periodic mesoporous organosilicas” (Colloid Polym. Sci., 2004, 282, 728-733)
Burleigh, M. C.; Markowitz, M. A.; Jayasundera, S.; Spector, M. S.; Thomas, C. W.; Gaber, B. P. “Mechanical and Hydrothermal Stabilities of Aged Periodic Mesoporous Organosilicas” (J. Phys.Chem. B, 2003, 107, 12628-12634)
Markowitz, M. A.; Jayasundera, S.; Miller, J. B.; Klaehn, J.; Burleigh, M. C.; Spector, M. S.; Golledge, S. L.; Castner, D. G.; Gaber, B. P. “Effect of Added Metal Chelating Organosilane on Mesoporous Titanosilicate Formation Properties” (Dalton Trans., 2003, 17, 3398 - 3403)
Jayasundera, S.; Schmidt, W. F.; Hapeman, C. J.; Torrents; A. “Examination of molecular interaction sites of acetanilides with organic matter surrogates using NMR techniques” (J. Agri. Food Chem., 2003, Vol.51 (13), 3829-3835)
Green, D. L.; Jayasundera, S.; Lam, Y.; Harris, M. T. “Chemical reaction kinetics leading to the first Stöber silica nanoparticles – NMR and SAXS investigation” (J. Non Cryst. Solids, 2003, Vol. 315 (1-2), 166-179)
Jayasundera, S.; Schmidt, W. F.; Hapeman, C. J.; Torrents; A. “What’s known and what’s yet to be known with respect to the sorption of organic pollutants onto soils” (Int. J. Environ. Pollutn. 2000, Vol. 14, No. 4, 147–156)
Jayasundera, S.; Schmidt, W. F.; Hapeman, C. J.; Torrents; A “Rebuttal on Influence of the Chemical Environment on Metolachlor Conformations” (J. Agri. Food Chem., 2000, Vol. 48, No. 9, 4450-4451)
Jayasundera, S.; Schmidt, W. F.; Hapeman, C. J.; Torrents; A. “Influence of the chemical environment on metolachlor conformations” (J. Agri. Food Chem., October 1999, Vol. 47, No. 10, 4425-4434)
Jayasundera, S.; Torrents, A. “Natural organic matter sorption by kaolinite: The modified Langmuir Isotherm”, (J. Environ. Engr., November 1997, 1162-1165)
Jayasundera, S.; Schmidt, W. F.; Torrents; A. “Comment: Noncovalent interactions between acenaphthenone and dissolved fulvic acid as determined by 13C NMR T1 relaxation measurements” (Environ. Sci. Technol. 1997, Vol. 31, 3742-3743)
Torrents, A.; Jayasundera, S. “The sorption of nonionic pesticides onto clays and the influence of natural organic carbon” (Chemosphere, 1997, Vol. 35, No. 7, 1549-1565)
Torrents, A.; Jayasundera, S.; Schmidt, W. F. “The influence of the polarity of organic matter on the sorption of acetamide pesticides” (J. Agri. Food Chem., 1997, Vol. 45, 3320-3325)
Other
Weisman, R.; Jayasundera, S. “Infrastructure decontamination information added to EPA water contaminant database” (WaterWorld November, 2006)-Cover Feature Article Attached
“The influence of NOM on the sorption of nonionic pesticides by mineral surfaces," in the program report for the U.S. Department of the Interior Geological Survey by the Water Resources Research Center of Maryland, July 1995, 1996

Book Chapters
Schmidt, W. F. and Jayasundera, S. "Microcrystalline Avian Keratin Protein Fibers," Wallenberger, F. and Weston, N. (eds.) in Natural Fibers Plastics and Composites - Recent Advances, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Norwell, MA. 2003.
Green, D. L.; Harris, M. T.; Jayasundera, S.; Lin, J. S.; Hu, M. Z.-C.; Lam, Y. F. "Early Stage Silica Formation in Methanol and Ethanol," Hu, M. Z. and De Guire, M. R. in Ceramic Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology -Ceramic Transactions, vol 137, American Ceramic Society, Westerville, OH, 2003

Presentations:
Rees, D.; Baranowski, C.; Jayasundera, S., “Infrastructure Security and All Hazards Risk Assessment Approach for the Water Sector” 11th International Probabilistic Safety Assessment and Management Conference and the Annual European Safety and Reliability Conference, Helsinki, Finland, June 25–29, 2012
Rees, D.; Fries, S; Jayasundera, S., Baranowski, C. “Managing Climate Change Risk – the development of a climate change risk assessment and scenario-based planning tool for the water sector” 11th International Probabilistic Safety Assessment and Management Conference and the Annual European Safety and Reliability Conference, Helsinki, Finland, June 25–29, 2012
Jayasundera, S.; Baranowski, C. Ampleman, M.; Whitler, J; Posner, A. “EPA’s Climate Ready Water Utility (CRWU) Initiative” Water Environment Federation Technical Exposition and Conference (WEFTEC 2011), Los Angeles, CA, October 16-19, 2011
Baranowski, C. DeGour, J.; Jayasundera,S “Risk Assessment and Consequence Analysis Tools for
Utility Management” Water Environment Federation Technical Exposition and Conference (WEFTEC 2011), Los Angeles, CA, October 16-19, 2011
Walker, D.; Jayasundera, S.; Gardner, R. K. “Providing Hydroclimate Information for Commercial Operations: An Emerging Component of Effective Climate Service” American Meteorological Society Conference, August 8, 2011
Baranowski, C.; De Fiore, B.; Jayasundera, S; Basoli, D. “Water Health and Economic Analysis Tool (WHEAT)” (Water Security Congress (WSC 2010)
Lynch, M.; Kudarouskas, P; Jones, L.; Ogren, K.; Jayasundera, S. “Decon Strategy – Containment and Disposal of Water” Water Security Congress (WSC 2010).
Marissa Lynch, Jones, L.; Ogren;, Jayasundera, S.; Containment and Disposal of Large amounts of Water: A Support Guide for Water Utilities, EPA Decontamination Research and Development Conference, (April 2010)
Weisman, R.; Lynch, M.; Jayasundera. S. Water Sector Decontamination Strategy and Supporting Activities, Water Security Congress, 2009 (WSC 2009)
Weisman, R.; Jayasundera, S. “Update on Water Sector Strategy for Decontamination” Water Environment Federation Technical Exposition and Conference (WEFTEC 08), Chicago, IL, October 18-22, 2008
Weisman, R.; Jayasundera, S. “Recovering from a Water Infrastructure Contamination Event: Decontamination Support to the Water Sector” Water Environment Federation Technical Exposition and Conference (WEFTEC 07), San Diego, CA, October 13-17, 2007
Jayasundera, S.; Schmidt, W. F.; Shelton, D. R.; Fayer, R.; Adar, F. “Application of Raman Spectroscopy to analyze the Cryptosporidium parvum oocyst wall and suture constituents” Eastern Analytical Symposium. Somerset, NJ, November 13-16, 2006
Markowitz, M. A.; Zeinali, M.; Jayasundera, S.; Spector, M. S. “Nanoporous Organosilica Adsorbents for selective detection of aromatic compounds”, Nanoporous Materials IV: Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada June 7-10, 2005
Markowitz, M. A.; Zeinali, M.; Jayasundera, S.; Spector, M. S. “Nanoporous Organosilica Adsorbent Materials for Forensic detection of Explosives”, ASM Materials Solutions Conference & Show, Session 2: Advanced Materials for Homeland Security, Columbus, OH, October 18-21, 2004
Markowitz, M; Jayasundera, S.; Zeinali, M.; Spector, M. S. “Nanoporous Organosilica Adsorbent Materials for Environmental Toxins”, Particles 2004, Orlando, FL, March 6-9, 2004
Jayasundera, S. “Applications of NMR Studies on Functionalized Silicate Surfaces – Tracing Molecular Interactions” Molecular Interfacial Interactions Group, Center for Bio/Molecular Science and Engineering, U.S Naval Research Laboratory, Washington D.C., February 2004
Green, D. L.; Harris, M. T.; Jayasundera, S.; Lin, J. S.; Hu, M. Z.-C.; Lam, Y. F. "Early Stage Silica Formation in Methanol and Ethanol," Proc. American Ceramic Society, St. Louis, Missouri, 2002
Reeves, J.B. III; Jayasundera, S.; Schmidt, W.F.; Dao, T., What does 31P NMR tell us about dairy manures? Soil Science Society of America, Indianapolis, IN, October 2002
Schmidt, W. F.; Jayasundera, S.; Fettinger, J.; Adar, F. “Raman and XRD of Aspartic Acid Crystals - A Model for Elucidation of Intermolecular Interactions” Proc. Eastern Analytical Symposium 2001, Atlantic City, New Jersey, October 2001 (Invited)
Jayasundera, S.; Torrents, A.; Adar, F.; Centeno. J. A.; Kidder, L. Schmidt, W. F. “Metolachlor Interactions with Chiral Sorbents-Application of Raman Spectroscopy” Proc. Eastern Analytical Symposium 2000, Atlantic City, New Jersey, October 2000 (Invited)
Shelton, D. R.; Fayer, R.; Schmidt, W. F.; Jayasundera, S.; Adar, F. “Application of Raman Spectroscopy to analyze the Cryptosporidium parvum oocyst wall and suture constituents” Proc. XVII International Conference on Raman Spectroscopy (Icors 2000), Beijing, China, August 2000 (Invited)
Schmidt, W. F.; Jayasundera, S.; Adar, F. “Application of Raman Spectroscopy to analysis of interactions between enantiomers” Proc. XVII International Conference on Raman Spectroscopy (Icors 2000), Beijing, China, August 2000 (Invited)
Jayasundera, S.; Schmidt, W. F.; Hapeman, C. J.; Torrents; A. “What’s known and what’s yet to be known with respect to the sorption of organic pollutants onto soils” Proc. SIMPOSIO: SUSTANCIAS POTENCIALMENTE TÓXICAS EN EL AMBIENTE: AVANCES Y PERSPECTIVAS, Cuernavaca, Mexico, September 1999 (Invited)
Jayasundera, S.; Schmidt, W. F.; Hapeman, C. J.; Torrents; A. “NMR relaxation study on acetamide pesticide interactions with soil organic matter surrogates” Proc. The 218th American Chemical Society National Meeting, New Orleans, August 1999
Jayasundera, S.; Schmidt, W. F.; Hapeman, C. J.; Torrents; A. “Nuclear magnetic resonance study and molecular modeling of metolachlor conformations in solution” Proc. The 218th American Chemical Society National Meeting, New Orleans, August 1999
Jayasundera, S.; Schmidt, W. F.; Hapeman, C. J.; Torrents; A. “Molecular-level study of acetamide pesticide interactions with organic phases: Application of NMR spectroscopy” Proc. American Geophysical Union Meeting, Boston, May 1998
Schmidt, W. F.; Torrents, A.; Jayasundera, S.; Hapeman, C. J. “Linking the fate of agrochemicals to their chemical environment and structure” Proc. International Union of Pure and Applied Chemists, 9th Congress on Pesticide Chemistry, London, August 1998
Torrents, A.; Jayasundera, S. “The influence of the polarity of organic matter on the sorption of acetamide pesticides” Advanced ACS Abstracts, July 15, 1997
Jayasundera, S.; Torrents, A. “Sorption of Agrochemicals onto organic Sorbents and Coated Clays” Gordan Research Conference, New Hampshire, August 1996
Torrents, A.; Jayasundera, S. “Effects of sorbent properties on sorption of agrochemicals” Proc. The 211th American Chemical Society National Meeting, New Orleans, March 1996

Selected Client Reports Authored
Containment and Disposal of Large Amounts of Water – A Support Guide for Water Utilites - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water, 2012. EPA 817-B-12-002.
Adaptation Strategies Guide. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water, 2012. EPA 817-K-11-003.
Laboratory Resources for the Water Sector. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water. 2012. EPA 817-F-12-003.
Recommendations and Proposed Strategic Plan – Water Sector Decontamination Priorities. Critical Infrastructure Partnership Advisory Council Water Sector Decontamination Working Group, Final Report. 2008.
Water Security Initiative: Interim Guidance on Developing Consequence Management Plans for Drinking Water Utilities. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water. 2008. EPA-817-R-08-001.
Decontamination and Recovery Planning – Water and Wastewater Utility Case Study. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water. 2008. EPA-817-F-08-004.

Honors and Awards

  • Accelerated Leader Program, Infusing Next Generation Excellence (2013)
  • CSC Award of Excellence (for technology innovation), Finalist (2012)
  • CSC North American Public Sector Golden Penguin Award (in recognition of raising visibility as a leader in climate change science providing superior client service and supporting business goals) (2011)
  • CSC Presidents Award – Business Unit Technology Award (2011)
  • American University Women’s Award (1996)

Professional Organizations

Sigma Xi, Scientific Research Society
American Chemical Society
American Geophysical Union
Project Management Institute (PMI)