BioWET Summerschool 2012


Jan Bartacek is an assistant professor in the Department of Water Technology and Environmental Engineering at the Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT) Prague. His main research area is wastewater technology, especially resource recovery from wastewater (energy and nutrients recovery). In this field, he is running a research project funded by Marie Curie fundation: Biofilms in bioreactors for advanced nitrogen removal (BioNIT). Next to this, he continues with his previous research focused on essential metals in anaerobic granular sludge (chemical speciation, bioavailability) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of transport processes in methanogenic granular biofilm.

Caitlyn Butler is an assistant professor in the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Massachusetts. Dr. Butler came to UMass from the Department of Engineering in College of Technology and Innovation at Arizona State University, where she was also an assistant professor. She did her graduate work in Environmental Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Butler’s research focuses on energy and resource recovery in wastewater treatment, emphasizing the use of bioelectrochemical systems in remediating environmental contaminants.

Sarina Ergas is a professor and graduate program coordinator in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of South Florida. Before coming to USF, she taught and conducted research at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst for over fifteen years. Her research focuses on environmental biotechnology, recent projects include sustainable algal biofuel production from wastewater nutrients, bioretention systems for nitrogen removal from stormwater, treatment of perchlorate contaminated groundwater using sulfur oxidizing bacteria, biological treatment of ion exchange brines, bioremediation of acid mine drainage sites and sulfur oxidizing and hydrogenotrophic denitrification.

Pavel Jenicek is an associate professor and head of the Department of Water Technology and Environmental Engineering at ICT Prague. He is active in the research of anaerobic wastewater treatment, biogas treatment, anaerobic digestion of sludge, minimisation of sludge production, biological nutrient removal and recovery. Dr. Jenicek has extensive experience in combination of anaerobic and aerobic processes especially with use of microaerobic conditions for biogas desulphurization and anaerobic digestion process improvement. He is member of Management Committee of Specialist Group on Anaerobic Digestion and Specialist Group on Sludge Management at International Water Association.

Piet Lens is professor of Environmental Biotechnology at the Pollution Prevention and Control core of the Department of Environmental Resources of UNESCO-IHE. Previously, he was on the faculty of the Sub-Department of Environmental Technology at Wageningen University (1999-2006). He has also held visiting faculty appointments at the Universities of Louvain La Neuve (UCL) and Leuven (KUL). Prof. Lens trained in Environmental Sanitation, and then obtained his Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering at the University Gent (Belgium). His research focuses on biofilms, sulfur biotechnology, metal speciation, bioavailability and removal, natural treatment systems, anaerobic wastewater and waste gas treatment for resource recovery and reuse. He is also a leader in education and capacity-building, organizing study-days, conferences, summer schools and short courses.

George Philippidis is Associate Professor of Biofuel Engineering and Director of the Alternative Energy Research Center at the USF Polytechnic. He has over 20 years of experience in leading strategic business units in advanced biofuels and renewable energy. He started his career at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) before moving to the private sector at Thermo Fisher Corporation. He then joined the Applied Research Center at Florida International University. Dr. Philippidis leads the development and commercialization of biomass and algae conversion to fuels, chemicals, and power and the integration and deployment of renewable energy systems.

Debra Reinhart is Environmental Engineering Program Manager at the National Science Foundation of Washington DC. She is on a two-year leave from the University of Central Florida where she is a Pegasus Professor in the Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering Department and Assistant Vice President for Research. Dr. Reinhart’s research focuses on solid waste management; recent research projects include bioreactor landfilling, ergonomics of waste collection, landfill gas modeling, and recycling construction and demolition debris.

Ann C. Wilkie is an Associate Professor of Bioenergy and Sustainable Technology in the Soil and Water Science Department at the University of Florida-Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF-IFAS). Her specialty is environmental microbiology, with particular emphasis on anaerobic technology and algal biofuels. Her current projects include diverting food waste from landfills for biogas production and bioprospecting of oleaginous algae for biodiesel production.

Dr. Daniel Yeh is an associate professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering. He is a registered professional engineer in Florida and a LEED accredited professional. He teaches classes on water quality and treatment, environmental biotechnology and green infrastructure. He has expertise in biological systems and water reuse. He has developed a mass balance model for integrating algae biofuel production with municipal wastewater treatment, and is developing new photobioreactor technologies algal biofuel production.