TEACHING

EG44301 Sustainability and Urban Infrastructure. This course describes the concept of sustainability and the consequences of neglecting it. Then it will describe urban infrastructure systems, and how they developed historically. Finally, the course discusses how urban systems can transition to more sustainable modes. Mathematical modeling is used to illustrate the concepts of sustainability and also the behavior of infrastructure systems.

CE40341 Biological Process Design. This course provides the fundamental physical, chemical, and biological processes in wastewater treatment. For process modeling, the students used the same cutting-edge, whole-plant simulators (BioWin and GPS-X) used by major consulting firms.

CE60330 Environmental Biotechnology. This is a graduate-level course providing the fundamentals of microbial treatment processes and their modeling. I emphasize mathematical modeling, and use a modeling program, AQUASIM, developed by EAWAG in Switzerland. Students carry out individual projects, where they choose a contaminant (e.g., nitrate, perchlorate), microbial process (e.g., Anammox, perchlorate reduction) and bioreactor (e.g., biofilm reactor, microbial fuel cell) and use modeling to gain novel insights into processes fundamentals and their implications for treatment.

CE60370 Advanced Techniques in Environmental Biotechnology. This lab-based class focuses on the advanced techniques used for environmental biotechnology research, including DNA extraction and sequencing, microbial community analysis via high throughput sequencing, fluorescence in-situ hybridization (FISH), and microsensor fabrication and use.