Dr. Eric G. Mbonimpa, Ph.D., P.E, Assistant Professor of Engineering

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PhD; Environmental Engineering; Purdue University (Dec-2010)

MS; Environmental Engineering; University of Missouri-Columbia (May-2007)

BS; Civil and Environmental Engineering; KIST (Aug-2004)


Purdue University, Ludwig & Kruhe Fellowship, Feb. 2010.

Purdue University, Lynn Fellowship, Aug. 2007.

University of Missouri-Columbia, Paul Francis Kufrin Memorial Scholarship. June 2006


Peer-reviewed publications


*Sadowski, E., Mbonimpa, E., & Chini, C. M. (2023). Benchmarks of production for atmospheric water generators in the United States. PLOS Water, 2(6), e0000133.

*Sedej, O., Mbonimpa, E., Sleight, T., & Slagley, J. (2022). Application of Machine Learning to Predict the Performance of an EMIPG Reactor Using Data from Numerical Simulations. Energies15(7), 2559

McGarr, J. T., Mbonimpa, E. G., McAvoy, D. C., & Soltanian, M. R. (2023). Fate and Transport of Per-and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) at Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) Discharge Sites: A Review. Soil Systems, 7(2), 53.

*Sedej O, Mbonimpa E. Modeling a lab-scale plasma reactor for waste-to-energy applications: A review. Gases 2021, 1(3) 133-147

*Sedej, O., Mbonimpa, E., Sleight, T., & Slagley, J. (2022). Artificial Neural Networks and Gradient Boosted Machines Used for Regression to Evaluate Gasification Processes: A Review. Journal of Energy and Power Technology, 4(3), 1-19.

*Chester, D., Mukherjee, C., Slagley, J., Mbonimpa, E., & Hornstein, T. (2021). A Life Cycle Comparison of Remote, Deployed Expeditionary Waste Management Scenarios. Journal of Environmental Protection, 12(2), 141-159.

Mukherjee, C., J. Denney, E. G. Mbonimpa, J. Slagley, and R. Bhowmik. "A review on municipal solid waste-to-energy trends in the USA." Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 119 (2020): 109512.

Emery I., D. Kempisty, B. Fain, E. Mbonimpa. Evaluation of treatment options for potable water impacted with perfluorinated alkyl substances using life cycle assessment" International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment 24, no. 1 (2019): 117-128.

Mbonimpa E., E. Blatchley, B. Applegate, W. Harper. Ultraviolet A and B wavelength-dependent inactivation of viruses and bacteria in the water. Journal of Water and Health 16, no. 5 (2018): 796-806.

Gautam S., E. Mbonimpa, S. Kumar, J. Bonta. Simulating Runoff from Small Grazed Pasture Watersheds located at North Appalachian Experimental Watershed in Ohio. Rangeland Ecology & Management 71(3):363-369. 2018.

Emery I., E. Mbonimpa, A. Thal. Climate-based policies may increase life cycle social costs of vehicle fleet operation. Energy Policy 101, 1-9, 2017                                                   

Mbonimpa, E. G., S. Kumar, V. Owens, R. Chintala, H. Sieverding, J. Stone. Nitrogen rate and landscape impacts on life cycle energy use and emissions from switchgrass-derived ethanol. GCB Bioenergy 8, 4 (2016) 750-763.

Lai, Li., S. Kumar, E. G. Mbonimpa, C. Hong, V. Owens, R. Neupane. Evaluating the impacts of landscape positions and nitrogen fertilizer rates on dissolved organic carbon on switchgrass land seeded on marginally yielding cropland. Journal of environmental management 171, 113-120 (2016)

Mbonimpa, E. G., C.O. Hong, V. Owens, R.M. Lehman, S.L. Osborne, T. Schumacher, D.Clay, and S. Kumar. Nitrogen Fertility Rates and Landscape Positions Impacts on CO2 andCH4 Fluxes from land seeded to Switchgrass. GCB Bioenergy 7, 4 (2015) 836-849.

Mbonimpa, E., S. Gautam, L. Lai, J. Bonta,  X. Wang. Combined PEST and Trial-Error (CPTE) Approach to Improve APEX Calibration. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture 114 (2015) 296-303

Y. Yuan, Y. Jiang, E. Taguas, E. Mbonimpa, and W. Hu. Sediment loss and its cause in Puerto Rico watersheds. SoilD  2, 477-504, 2015.

Gautam, S., E.G. Mbonimpa, S. Kumar, J. V. Bonta, R. Lal. APEX model simulation of climate change impacts on runoff from a small no-till watershed. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation 70, No2, 101-109 (2015).

Mbonimpa, E.G., Y. Yongping, N. Maliha, M. H. Mehaffey. Sediment and total phosphorous contributors in Rock River watershed. Journal of Environmental Management 133, 214-221(2014).

Mbonimpa, E., B. Vadheim, E. R. Blatchley. Continuous-Flow Solar UVB Disinfection for Drinking Water. Water Research 46, no7: 2344-2354 (2012).

Mbonimpa, E., Y. Yongping, M. H. Mehaffey, M. A. Jackson. SWAT model to assess the impact of intensive corn-farming on runoff, sediments and phosphorous loss from agricultural watershed. Journal of Water Resource and Protection 4, 423-431 (2012).

Kumar, S., T. Nakajimab, E.G. Mbonimpa, S. Gautama, U. R. Somireddy, A. Kadono, R.Lalb, R. Chintala, R. Rafique, N. Fausey. Long-term Tillage and Drainage Influences on Soil Organic Carbon Dynamics, Aggregate Stability, and Corn Yield. Soil Science and Plant Nutrition 60 (1): 108-118 (2014).

Denney J, J. Slagley, C. Mukherjee, E. Mbonimpa. Determining the benefits of Gasification. The Military Engineer Jan-Feb 2020.


Books and Book Chapters

Badiru, A. B., Ciarallo, F. W., & Mbonimpa, E. G. (Eds.). (2022). Handbook of Scholarly Publications from the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT), Volume 1, 2000-2020. CRC Press

Emery I, Kempisty D., Fain B., Mbonimpa E. Life Cycle Assessment of Alternative PFAS Treatment Solutions for Contaminated Groundwater. Chapter E5 in Forever Chemicals: Environmental, Economic, and Social Equity Concerns with PFAS in the Environment. CRC Press, 2021

Sandeep Kumar, Rajesh Chintala, Jai S. Rohila, Eric G. Mbonimpa, Tom Schumacher and

Aakash Goyal. Soil and Crop Management Practices for Sustainable Agriculture.

Sustainable Agriculture Reviews, Vol 16.


US # 9,546,100 B2. Continuous-flow solar ultraviolet disinfection system for drinking water. January 17, 2017.  E. R. Blatchley, E. G., Mbonimpa, B. Applegate, B. Vadheim


Conference Proceedings and Abstracts


*Jon Saul, Torrey Wagner, Eric Mbonimpa, Brent Langhals. Atmospheric Meteorological Effects on Forecasting Daily Lightning Occurrence at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. The 22nd International Conference on Information & Knowledge Engineering (IKE'23: July 24-27, 2023; Las Vegas, USA).


McDonald J., Mbonimpa E., Sleight T. Persistence and mitigation of PFASs within concrete of stormwater drainage infrastructure. ACS spring 2022


Sadowski E, C. Chini, E.  Mbonimpa. Efficiency Mapping and Determination of Reliability, Resiliency and Vulnerability of Atmospheric Water Generators in the US.  AGU conference 2021


Mbonimpa, E. Characterization of ambient germicidal UVB. Proceedings of the 49th Annual Water Management Association of Ohio Conference, Nov 2-5, 2020.

Jordan*, R., E. Mbonimpa. Fate And Transport Modeling of Perfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in Groundwater from Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) Impacted Sites. SAME - Society of American Military Engineers, WPAFB, OH. February 14th, 2019

Glass*, J., E. Mbonimpa. Toxicity Impact Assessment of PFOS and PFOA. Water Management Association of Ohio (WMAO) conference, Cincinnati, Oct 31, 2018.

Jordan*, R., E. Mbonimpa. PFAS Fate and Transport Modeling Using Numeric and Analytic Models. Water Management Association of Ohio (WMAO) conference, Cincinnati, Oct 31, 2018.

Harper, Jr W., M. Trotz, E. Mbonimpa. The Environment, Climate Change, Sustainability, and the African World. 10th Biennial Conference of the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD). Abstract accepted.

Swift*, C.A., Mbonimpa, E.G., Eninger, R.M., Grabinski, C.M. (2017) M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tank Crew Member Occupational Inhalation Health Hazard Risk Analysis During Live-Fire of the 120mm, 7.62 mm, and .50 caliber Weapon Systems, Abstracts of the American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition (Seattle, Washington, U.S.A., June 4 – 7, 2017), poster session.


Emery I, E. Mbonimpa, S. Kumar, K. Muthu, L. Wei, A. Jahndideh, S. Singh, V. Owens. Life cycle assessment of drop-in biofuels from prairie cordgrass. ASABE Meeting 2017 Paper Number: 1701357, DOI: 10.13031/aim.201701357


Mbonimpa E., I. Emery, D. Kempisty. An Approach to Estimate a Product Life Cycle Stress on Local Fresh Water. 2017 EWRI World Environmental & Water Resources Congress, Sacramento, CA May 21-25, 2017.

Emery I., D. Kempisty, B. Fain, E. Mbonimpa. Life cycle evaluation of PFAS remediation scenarios.  ISIE-ISST 2017 Conference: Science for Sustainable and Resilient Communities. June 25-29, Chicago, IL.

Kempisty D., I. Emery, E. Mbonimpa. PFAS remediation - A Life Cycle Evaluation. Engineering Sustainability Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, April 9-11, 2017 

Mbonimpa E. Impact Assessment of Water Resource Use. 45th Annual WMAO Conference, Worthington/Columbus, Ohio, November 9 - 10, 2016

Yongping Yuan and Eric Mbonimpa. Factors Causing Sediment and Total Phosphorous Losses in Rock River Watershed, WI. 2016 Annual International Meeting, Orlando, FL, ASABE July 19, 2016.

Mbonimpa E. Watershed scale integrated plan to mitigate drought conditions and conserve water resources. 44th Annual WMAO Conference, Worthington/Columbus, Ohio,

November 17 - 18, 2015


Mbonimpa E. G., S. Kumar, V. N. Owens, R. Chintala, J. Stone. Assessing Fertilization and

Landscape Impacts on the Overall Life Cycle of Switchgrass Used to Produce Cellulosic

Ethanol. ASA, CSSA and SSSA International Annual Meetings, Long Beach, CA, Nov



Mbonimpa E. G., S. Gautam, L. Lai, S. Kumar, J. Bonta. Improved Calibration of Apex Model

for a Small Watershed Managed with No-till System. ASA, CSSA and SSSA International

Annual Meetings, Long Beach, CA, Nov 2014


L. Lai, S. Kumar, E. G. Mbonimpa, R. Chintala, V. Owens, J. Schumacher. Quantifying Current

and Future CO2 Fluxes Using Daycent and PEST Models from a Marginal Land Seeded to

Switchgrass Production in South Dakota. ASA, CSSA and SSSA International Annual

Meetings, Long Beach, CA, Nov 2014


L. Lai, E.G. Mbonimpa, C. Hong, S. Kumar, V. Owens, S. Osborne, M. Lehman. Daycent

Application to Model Greenhouse Gas Fluxes from Switchgrass Land Managed with

Nitrogen Fertilizer Levels Under Different Landscape Positions. ASA, CSSA and SSSA

International Annual Meetings, Long Beach, CA, Nov 2014


Gautam S., E. G. Mbonimpa, S. Kumar, J. Witter, J. Bonta. Extending Field-Scale Information

to the Watershed Scale Using the Apex and SWAT Models. ASA, CSSA and SSSA

International Annual Meetings, Long Beach, CA, Nov 2014


Gautam S., S. Kumar, E. G. Mbonimpa, J. Bonta, L. Lal, J. H Kjaersgaard, S. Papiernik, J.

Williams. Simulating Runoff from Small Grazed Pasture Watersheds Located at North

Appalachian Experimental Watershed. ASA, CSSA and SSSA International Annual

Meetings, Long Beach, CA, Nov 2014


Mbonimpa, E.G, S. Kumar, L. Lai, R. Chintala, R. Rafique, and A. Glenn. Simulating Climate

Change Impacts on N2O fluxes in Corn Grown under a Poorly-Drained Soil. American

Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) Conference at SDSU,

Brookings on March 28-29, 2014.


Mbonimpa, E. G., C.O. Hong, V. Owens, R.M. Lehman, S.L. Osborne, T. Schumacher, D.

Clay, and S. Kumar. Nitrogen Fertility Rates and Landscape Positions Impacts on CO2  and CH4 Fluxes from Switchgrass Land. ASA-CSSA-SSSA. International Annual

Meeting, Tampa, FL, Nov 3-6, 2013.


Yuan Y., E. G. Mbonimpa, W. Hu, A. Casper, W. Fisher. Quantifying Sediment Contributions to the Guánica Bay Puerto Rico. American Water Resources Annual Water Resources

Conference, Nov 12-13, 2012.


Mbonimpa, E., Y. Yongping. Assessment of erosion issue in Guánica Bay Watershed:

Landscape Ecology Branch. USEPA-ORD, Las Vegas, NV, May 2012.


Mbonimpa E., E. R. Blatchley. Disinfection of drinking water using solar UV. IWRA

Conference, West Lafayette, IN, June 2010.


Mbonimpa E., E. R. Blatchley. Disinfection of Drinking Water using Solar UV: A low cost

system applicable in developing countries. ACS conference, San Francisco, CA, March


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