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Emily Sarver

Associate Professor
  • Adjunct Faculty, Charles E. Via, Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Virginia Tech
  • Graduate Program Chair
118A Surge Building

Research Interests

  • Responsible development of mineral and energy resources, and education of responsible resource engineers
  • Monitoring, characterization and control of mine-generated environmental contaminants
  • Electrochemistry, including hydrometallurgical processing and corrosion mechanisms and control


B.S. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2004 
M.S. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2005 
Ph.D. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2010

  • Respirable coal mine dust: mineral content sources, monitoring and control, and building capacity to protect miner health, NIOSH, $1,228,190 (PI)
  • Elucidating the individual and combined toxicity of coal mine dust constituents and their contribution to disease in modern US coal miners, University of Illinois-Chicago (joint project via Alpha Foundation), $149,880 VT/ $750,000 total (VT PI)
  • Respirable crystalline silica characteristics and sources in US underground coal mines, NIOSH, $303,575 (PI)
  • Proof-of-concept work to demonstrate optical microscopy with automated image analysis as a tool for semi-continuous coal mine dust monitoring, Alpha Foundation for the Improvement of Mine Safety and Health, $233,848 (PI)
  • Characteristics of Dust and Risk Factors Associated with the Development of Rapidly Progressive Pneumoconiosis and Progressive Massive Fibrosis, University of Illinois-Chicago (joint project via Alpha Foundation), $400,000 VT/ $1,800,000 total (VT PI)
  • DPM Research: Monitoring Responses to Ventilation and Control by Water Sprays, Capacity Building for Ventilation Expertise, NIOSH, $1,249,125 (PI)
  • SME Early Career Grant, Society for Mining Metallurgy & Exploration, $260,000 (PI)
  • Connecting Dust Characteristics and Worker Health in Underground Coal Mining, University of Pittsburgh (joint project via Alpha Foundation), $450,000 VT/ $800,000 total (VT PI)
  • Sustainable Solutions for Water Resource Impairments in Mining Communities, Appalachian Research Initiative for Environmental Science, $440,000 (co-PI)
  • MinE 2504 Introduction to Mining and Minerals Engineering
  • MinE 4544 Mine Reclamation and Environmental Management
  • MinE 5114 Sustainable Development of Mineral and Energy Resources
  • 2018 Frontiers of Engineering Invited Participant, National Academy of Engineering
  • 2017 Outstanding Young Alumni Award, Via Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Virginia Tech
  • 2017 Health and Safety Division Research and Educational Excellence Award, SME
  • 2016 Mineral Processing Division Young Engineer Award, SME
  • 2015 Outstanding Researcher Award, Appalachian Research Initiative for Environmental Science
  • 2015 Early Career Grant, SME Foundation
  • 2015 Teacher of the Year, Burkhart Mining Society
  1. Barrett, C., Sarver, E., Cauda, E., Noll, J., Vanderslice, S., & Volkwein, J. (2019). Comparison of several DPM field monitors for use in underground mining applications. Aerosol and Air Quality Research, 19(11), 2367-2380. doi:10.4209/aaqr.2019.06.0319
  2. Gaillard, S., Sarver, E., & Cauda, E. (2019). A field study on the possible attachment of DPM and respirable dust in mining environments. Journal of Sustainable Mining, 18(2), 100-108. doi:10.1016/j.jsm.2019.02.008
  3. Tang, M., Sinsheimer, P., Sarver, E., Parks, J., & Edwards, M. (2019). Evaluating "Lead-Free" Brass Performance in Potable Water. CORROSION, 75(7), 865-875. doi:10.5006/3060  
  4. Agioutanti, E., Keles, C., & Sarver, E. (2019). A thermogravimetric analysis application to determine coal, carbonate, and non-carbonate minerals mass fractions in respirable mine dust. JOURNAL OF OCCUPATIONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE, 12 pages. doi:10.1080/15459624.2019.1695057
  5. Sarver, E., Keles, C., & Rezaee, M. (2019). Characteristics of respirable dust in eight appalachian coal mines: A dataset including particle size and mineralogy distributions, and metal and trace element mass concentrations. Data in Brief, 25. doi:10.1016/j.dib.2019.104032.  Selected as top 2019 Editor-recommended article in Health/Environmental Engineering
  6. Krometis, L., Patton, H., Wozniak, A., & Sarver, E. (2019). Water Scavenging from Roadside Springs in Appalachia. Journal of Contemporary Water Research & Education, 166(1), 46-56. doi:10.1111/j.1936-704x.2019.03301.x
  7. Sarver, E., Keles, C., & Rezaee, M. (2019). Beyond conventional metrics: Comprehensive characterization of respirable coal mine dust. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF COAL GEOLOGY, 207, 84-95. doi:10.1016/j.coal.2019.03.015
  8. Phillips, K., Sarver, E. A., & Cauda, E. (2019). Response of the FLIR Airtec Monitor to Airborne Coal Dust. In Proceedings of the 17th North American Mine Ventilation Symposium (pp. 555-563). Montreal, Quebec.
  9. Frost, L., Keles, C., & Sarver, E. (2019). A preliminary investigation of respirable silica particle surfaces in central Appalachian coal mine dust. In Proceedings of the 17th North American Mine Ventilation Symposium (pp. 193-201). Montreal, Quebec.
  10. Smith, J., Smith, N., Rulifson, G., Battalora, L., McClelland, C., Sarver, E., Kaunda, R., Holley, E. (2019). Critical Approaches to CSR as a Strategy to Broaden Engineering Students’ Views of Stakeholders. In 2019 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition (paper 25272). Tampa, FL.  Nominated for Best Paper Award in Engineering Ethics Division
  11. Gaillard, S., Sarver, E. A., & Cauda, E. (2018). Impact of aging on performance of impactor and sharp-cut cyclone size selectors for DPM sampling. Mining Engineering, 70(8), 43-49. doi:10.19150/me.8428  
  12. Liao, H., Sarver, E. A., & Krometis, L. A. (2018). Interactive effects of water quality, physical habitat, and watershed anthropogenic activities on stream ecosystem health. Water Research, 130, 69-78. doi:10.1016/j.watres.2017.11.065  
  13. Phillips, K., Keles, C., Sarver, E., & Scaggs-Witte, M. (2018). Coal and Mineral Mass Fractions in Personal Respirable Dust Samples Collected by Central Appalachian Miners. Mining Engineering, 70(6), 16-30.  
  14. *Johann-Essex, V., Keles, C., Rezaee, *M., Scaggs-Witte, M., & Sarver, E. (2017). Respirable coal mine dust characteristics in samples collected in central and northern Appalachia. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF COAL GEOLOGY, 182, 85-93. doi:10.1016/j.coal.2017.09.010
  15. *Cantor, J., Krometis, L. -A., Sarver, E., Cook, N., & Badgley, B. (2017). Tracking the downstream impacts of inadequate sanitation in central Appalachia. JOURNAL OF WATER AND HEALTH, 15 (4), 580-590. doi:10.2166/wh.2017.005
  16. *Rojas-Mendoza, L., Sarver, E. A., & Saylor, J. R. (2017). Removal of DPM from an Air Stream Using Micron-Scale Droplets. AEROSOL AND AIR QUALITY RESEARCH, 17 (7), 1865-1874. doi:10.4209/aaqr.2017.03.0093
  17. *Barrett, C., *Gaillard, S., & Sarver, E. A. (2017, June 17). Demonstration of Continuous Monitors for Tracking DPM Trends Over Prolonged Periods in an Underground Mine. In Proceedings of the 16th North American Mine Ventilation Symposium (pg. 5-29 – 5-36). Golden, CO.
  18. *Johann-Essex, V., Keles, C., & Sarver, E. (2017). A Computer-Controlled SEM-EDX Routine for Characterizing Respirable Coal Mine Dust. MINERALS, 7 (1), 15 pages. doi:10.3390/min7010015
  19. *Gaillard, S., *McCullough, E., Sarver, E., Area monitoring and spot-checking for diesel particulate matter in an underground mine, Mining Engineering, Vol. 68, No. 12, pg. 57-62.
  20. Jeter, S., Sarver, E., McNair, H., Rezaee, M., 4-MCHM sorption to and desorption from granular activated carbon and raw coal, Chemosphere, Vol. 157, pg. 160-165, 2016.
  21. Sarver, E., Lattyak-Slabaugh, R., Strock, C., Edwards, M., Flow Electrification and Non-Uniform Corrosion in Low Conductivity Potable Waters, Journal of the Electrochemical Society, Vol. 165, No. 5, pg. C139-144, 2016.
  22. *Sellaro, R., Sarver, E., Baxter, D., A Standard Characterization Methodology for Respirable Coal Mine Dust Using SEM-EDX, Resources, Vol. 4., pg. 939-957, 2015.
  23. *Cook, N., Sarver, E., Krometis, L., Huang, J., Habitat and Water Quality as Drivers of Ecological System Health in Central Appalachia, Ecological Engineering, Vol. 84, pg. 180-189, 2015.
  24. *Cook, N., Krometis, L., Sarver, E., Huang, J., Inorganic Constituents of Mine- and Sewage-related Discharges Influencing Five Central Appalachian Watersheds, Ecological Engineering, Vol. 82, pg. 175-183, 2015.
  25. *Morris, J., *Sellaro, R., Sarver, E., Residual Diesel-Range Organics in Process Waters from Laboratory Fine Coal Flotation Tests, Mining Engineering, Vol. 67, No. 8, pg. 67-73, 2015.
  26. *Scaggs, M., Sarver, E., Rojas Mendoza, L., The Elk River MCHM spill; A case study on managing environmental risks, Mining Engineering (Feature Article), Vol. 67, No. 4, pg. 48-55, 2015.
  27. Raval, S., Sarver, E., Shamsoddini, A., Zipper, C., Donovan, P., Evans, D., Chu, H., Satellite Remote Sensing-based Estimates of Biomass Production on Reclaimed Coal Mines, Mining Engineering, Vol. 66, No. 4, 2014.
  28. Sarver, E., *Cox, A., Salt: an emerging concern for the global mining and minerals industries, Mining Technology, Vol. 122, No. 3, pg. 145-152, 2013.
  29. *Craynon, J., Sarver, E., Robertson, D., Could a Public Ecology Approach Resolve the Mountaintop Mining Controversy? Resources Policy, Vol. 38, No. 1, pg. 44-49, 2013.
  30. Sarver, E., Dodson, K., Edwards, M., Slabaugh, R., Scardina, R., Nguyen, C., Investigating Copper Pitting Corrosion in High pH, High Chlorine Potable Waters, Journal of the American Water Works Association. Vol. 103, No. 3, 2011.
  31. Sarver, E., Edwards, M., Effects of Flow, Brass Location, Tube Materials and Temperature on Corrosion of Brass Plumbing Devices, Corrosion Science. Vol. 53, No. 3, 2011.
  32. Sarver, E., Fuerstenau, M., Sandoval, S., Adel, G., Reaction kinetics of ferrous regeneration for alternate anode reaction technology, Minerals & Metallurgical Processing. Vol. 24, No. 2, 2007.