Dr. Glen Daigger serves on the National Water Research Institute (NWRI) Independent Advisory Panel (Panel) as the chair

NWRI is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Orange County, California, which administers independent advisory panels that help protect public health by providing unbiased, thirdparty, expert review of state, regional, and local water resources management practices.

The City of Tampa is evaluating indirect potable reuse to optimize and integrate community water supply and environmental sustainability investments. NWRI has engaged a Panel of technical experts to review the City’s foundational planning documents and will work collaboratively with City staff to schedule a teleconference meeting with the Panel.

Dr. Glen Daigger and Dr. Nancy Love have won the 2021 Wesley W. Horner Award from ASCE!

Dr. Glen Daigger and Dr. Nancy Love, with their co-authors have been selected by ASCE’s Environmental and Water Resources Institute to receive the 2021 Wesley W. Horner Award for the paper, “Progress and Promise Transitioning to the One Water/Resource Recovery Integrated Urban Water Management Systems,” that appeared in the October 2019 issue of the Journal of Environmental Engineering. 

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Dr. Lutgarde Raskin, Shilva Shrestha, Kate Dowdell Delivered Talks at The 2020 IWA Biofilm Virtual Conference

Professor Lutgarde Raskin delivered a keynote lecture on the role of biofilms in anaerobic biotechnologies for resource recovery from waste streams with a focus on anaerobic dynamic membrane bioreactors. This research was led by Tim Fairley in collaboration with Steve Skerlos. Professor Raskin also participated in a Panel Discussion on the Grand Challenges and Critical Needs for Biofilm Processes in the Water Sector with the other keynote speakers.

Shilva Shrestha, a PhD student in the Raskin research group, presented her dissertation research on the application of anaerobic dynamic membrane bioreactors to improve chain elongation technology.

Kate Dowdell, a PhD candidate in the Raskin research group, co-organized a pre-conference workshop on building plumbing biofilms with researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute of Science and Technology (EAWAG), the University of Poitiers, University of Sheffield, and the Norwegian Foundation for Industrial and Technical Research (SINTEF).


MABR Workshop on The 2020 IWA Biofilm Virtual Conference

On Dec 6, 2020, Prof. Glen Daigger (lead organizer), Prof. Robert Nerenberg (University of Notre Dame), Jeff Peeters (SUEZ Water Technologies & Solutions), Dwight Houweling, and John McConomy (OXYMEM) organized a workshop regarding Current Status and Emerging Applications of MABR. With 192 Attendant involved in heated discussions, the workshop was a great success! 

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Dr. Glen Daigger has been appointed to the Board of Directors of The Water Tower Institute

About the Water Tower

Gwinnett County has a reputation for being proactive, especially when it comes to water. The F. Wayne Hill Water Resources Facility, constructed in the early 2000s, is still considered one of the most advanced water reclamation facilities on the Eastern Seaboard. The leadership on the County Commission and at the Department of Water Resources started talking about creating a water innovation center several years ago. Although it has taken a bit longer than hoped and has gone through iterations, the dream that has become The Water Tower is coming to fruition.

Over the next several years, development of an innovation campus will become reality. Testing and demonstrating new technologies has begun at our active demonstration space. With a focus on digital technologies, which have an enormous amount of potential to positively impact water utility efficiencies, The Water Tower will be able to visually display results from technologies being demonstrated.

The Water Tower, officially launched in 2019 and consisting of a 501c3 and 501c4 nonprofit, supports applied research, technology innovation, workforce development and public engagement around water to foster positive impacts on Gwinnett County, the region, the Southeast, and beyond.

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Brave Blue World Goes Global on Netflix

Featuring such notable individuals as Liam Neesom (narrator), Matt Damon, Jaden Smith, and our own Professor Glen Daigger, this documentary tells the positive story about how global water problems are being addressed. In doing this it also demonstrates the wide variety of emerging approaches that are proving effective in different contexts. We need this positive message at this time in our history of addressing global water issues.

Congratulations to recent Environmental Biotechnology Award Recipients!

Several members of the Environmental Biotechnology Group recently received awards and fellowships!

Avery Carlson received the Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC)’s Martha Hahn Memorial Award, which is presented to the highest-rated abstract in the Municipal Symposium track. Avery received the award for his paper, “Troubleshooting Long-term Biofouling by Dispersed Bacteria in Full-scale Membrane Bioreactor.”

Shilva Shrestha received the Water Environment Federation (WEF) Canham Graduate Studies Scholarship for significant accomplishments in promoting awareness and understanding of water environment issues. Shilva’s research involves the recovery of medium chain carboxylic acids (MCCAs) from diverse organic waste streams such as food waste, with heavy emphasis on brewery waste.


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Dr. Lutgarde Raskin honored with IWA Ardern-Lockett award

Dr. Lutgarde Raskin was honored with the Ardern-Lockett award at the International Water Association’s 2019 Microbial Ecology and Water Engineering Specialist Conference (MEWE2019). The award recognizes outstanding contributions to research and practice in the field of Microbial Ecology and Water Engineering. Dr. Raskin’s work strives to use sustainable design approaches to understand and improve the engineered water cycle microbiome.


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Congratulations to Dr. Glen Daigger!

Dr. Glen Daigger has been elected a Foreign Member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering. Foreign Member is the very highest honor bestowed on engineers by China as it is exceptionally rare to be elected as a Foreign Member. Professor Daigger is a leader of the environmental engineering field who has made significant contributions to the field by growing trans-Pacific collaborations between the US and Chinese environmental engineering communities over his illustrious career in industry and academia. At the University of Michigan, he has been a driving force behind new strategic engagements between the university and Chinese universities including the recently announced 3-2 Accelerated Masters Program with Tsinghua University’s School of the Environment.


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