Group

Current Group Members: 
• Micayla Schambura (undergraduate student in Chemistry/Environmental Engineering double major)
• Sarah Smallwood (undergraduate student in Environmental Engineering)
• Savannah Mitchell (undergraduate student in Environmental Engineering)

Graduated Group Members: 
• Alvyn P. Berg (undergraduate student in computer science and mathematics; 05/2018 – 05/2019; Next placement: Student at University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
• Ting-An Fang (undergraduate student in chemistry and sport science; 05/2018 – 05/2019; Next placement: Master’s Student at University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
• Ty C. Stewart (undergraduate student in chemistry; 01/2018 – 05/2018; Next placement: Master’s Student at Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona)
• Adil Alsaiari (master’s student in PSM program; 08/2016-12/2017; Next placement: Environmental Chemist in an environmental laboratory in Saudi Arabia)
• Jinxi Du (master’s student in PSM program; 05/2017-08/2017; Next placement: Adjunct Professor at Penn State Schuylkill, Schuylkill Haven, PA)
• Stephen Long (master’s student in PSM program; 01/2018-05/2018; Next placement: Ph.D. student at West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV)
• Siyu Zhu (master’s student at Hunan University, Co-advised by Dr. Tang; 09/2017-06/2019; Next placement: Consulting Engineer at an environmental consulting company in China)
• Yanjuan Mu (Visiting Scholar from Hebei University; 01/2017-05/2017; Next placement: Associate Professor in Department of Chemistry, Hebei University, China)
• Kuan Huang (master’s student at Penn State Univ, Co-advised by Dr. Tang; 08/2016-05/2018; Next placement: PhD student at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH)
• Danyang Liu (undergraduate student at Hunan Univ; 10/2014-06/2016; Next placement: master’s student at Tsinghua University, China)
• Yanting Li (undergraduate student at Hunan University; 03/2015-06/2016; Next placement: master’s student at Harbin Institute of Technology, China)
• Qihan Yao (undergraduate student at Hunan University; 01/2015-03/2016; Next placement: master’s student at Hunan University, China)

Dr. Tang (left) brought his IUP students to a local acid mine drainage site near Tanoma PA to collect samples for water quality analysis.

Interested in the exciting research at the Tang’s lab?
       We are always interested in recruiting motivated, curious, and diligent undergraduates and graduate students. If you plan to conduct exciting and productive research in the fields of water and waste treatment, please contact me by email. You will gain the eye-opening experience at multidisciplinary topics (e.g. material science, electrical engineering, computer science, chemistry, and microbiology) by working with students, professors, and engineers in and out of IUP.

My advising philosophy
       I would like to be a mentor of study, career, and life for my students. Research is not just doing experiments in labs, writing papers, or presenting in conferences. Instead, research is the approach of exploring novel concepts, searching solutions to problems, and enhancing the understanding of the life and the world. Independent thinking, self-motivation, broad vision, hands-on experience, curiosity of learning, and professional maturity are the quality that I expect my students to cultivate.
We work together like a “team”. Each member is passionate, and has the hope of applying the research outcome to the real world one day. I exchange research ideas with students on a regular base, and make them aware of the frontier research fields. I explore the opportunities for my students to get exposed to professional development and put my thoughts and effort for them to land a successful career.