Lu Liu


Assistant Professor [CCE E] Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering


482A Town Engineering Building
813 Bissell Road
Ames, IA 50011-1066



  • Ph.D. Civil Engineering, University of Maryland, 2017
  • M.S. Environmental Science, University of Oklahoma, 2012
  • B.S. Environmental Science, University of Oklahoma, 2010

Research interests

  • Water-energy-climate nexus
  • Urban water sustainability
  • Human-natural system interactions
  • Climate change adaptations

Active projects

  • Vulnerability to Climate Change in the US Urban and Rural Communities, PI, supported by Center for Global & Regional Environmental Research, University of Iowa

  • Accelerating technical and community readiness for water reuse in small systems, co-PI, supported by the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • GOALI: Collaborative Research: Advancing wastewater treatment resiliency and sustainability, co-PI, supported by the National Science Foundation 
  • Analytical tool for assessing climate risks for ERCOT, co-PI, supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
  • Energy Efficiency & Resilience in Extreme Weather Events, co-PI, supported by the University of Texas at Austin


For more information on Dr. Lu Liu’s research, teaching and outreach activities, please visit The Liu Group: Human-Environmental Systems Research.


For a full list of Dr. Liu’s publications, please visit her Google Scholar.

Selected publications:

[1] Liu, L.; Lopez, E.; Dueñas-Osorio, L.; Stadler, L.; Xie, Y.; Alvarez, P. J. J.; Li, Q. The Importance of System Configuration for Distributed Direct Potable Water Reuse. Nat. Sustain. 2020.

[2] Liu, L.; Hejazi, M.; Iyer, G.; Forman, B. A. Implications of Water Constraints on Electricity Capacity Expansion in the United States. Nat. Sustain. 2019, 2 (3), 206–213.

[3] Liu, L.; Hejazi, M.; Li, H.; Forman, B.; Zhang, X. Vulnerability of US Thermoelectric Power Generation to Climate Change When Incorporating State-Level Environmental Regulations. Nat. Energy 2017, 2, 17109.