About Academic Affairs

Associate Dean
Dr. Gerald E. Speitel Jr.

Dr. Speitel has been active in treatment process research for over 25 years, focusing primarily on hazardous chemicals. His research has investigated biological processes in drinking water treatment and groundwater remediation, adsorption, disinfection by-products and their precursors, disinfectant chemistry, and mathematical modeling of the fate and transport of chemicals in the subsurface and engineered treatment processes. One major research emphasis has been the development of bioreactors for the cometabolism of halogenated aliphatic chemicals, such as trichlorethylene and trihalomethanes. A second area of research activity has addressed the simultaneous biodegradation and adsorption of organic chemicals on granular activated carbon. More recently, his research has examined the chemistry and treatment of disinfection by-products formed during chloramination and chlorination of drinking water, as well as the chemistry of chloramines and bromine-substituted haloamines.

Dr. Speitel's research has included bench-scale studies, pilot studies, and performance evaluations of full-scale facilities in collaboration with various utilities and consulting engineering firms. Dr. Speitel serves on the Peer Review Editorial Board of the Journal American Water Works Association and is responsible for the review of papers in the area of advanced treatment processes. His research has been recognized by national awards from the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Water Works Association, and the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors. Dr. Speitel served as Chair of the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering for the seven years prior to his appointment as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

More information about Dr. Speitel may be obtained from his home page.

Executive Assistant: Sonya Shaffer  471-7995
Administrative Associate: Terri Lavorgna  471-7995

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