Environmental Biotechnology and Sanitation

We believe in generating new knowledge through research and practice to address some of the most pressing and challenging environmental problems. We have three areas of focus:

(1) Combining biological process engineering with micro/biotechnological tools to improve analysis, design, and operation of natural and engineered waste treatment and waste-to-energy systems. To accomplish this, we use molecular techniques, mathematical modeling, and lab- and field-scale experimental approaches.

(2) Addressing sanitation issues in resource-poor countries. We employ our engineering and science skills, as well as our experience in several countries to attempt to increase access to adequate sanitation and protect public health.

(3) Integrating results from experiments with microbial ecological theory and mathematical modeling. We believe that fundamentally understanding microbial community structure and function and linking this knowledge to engineering solutions should be the focus of bioenvironmental engineering.