Zhou

Zhi (George) ZHOU, Ph.D., P.E. 

I am an assistant professor of Civil Engineering and Environmental and Ecological Engineering at Purdue University. Currently I am teaching wastewater treatment, environmental biotechnology, design project, and direct potabilization. My research focuses on the application of biotechnologies in engineering systems. My recent projects include development of molecular microbiology techniques to evaluate antibiotic resistant bacteria in natural and urban environments, production of cost-effective biofuels, electrochemical filtration with nanomaterials, and indirect and direct potable reuse. Previously I was an assistant professor of Environmental Engineering at the National University of Singapore (NUS), where I taught wastewater microbiology, topics in environmental biotechnology, environmental engineering principles, and design project. Prior to joining NUS, I was a consulting engineer at Carollo Engineers at California and conducted various consulting projects on UV disinfection, emerging contaminant removal, and cost-effective technologies for water reclamation. I am a licensed Professional Engineer (Civil Engineer) in California.

Professional Experience

2014 – present, Assistant Professor, School of Civil Engineering and Division of Environmental and Ecological Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA
2013.06 – 2013.07, Visiting Professor, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA
2010 – 2014, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, National University of Singapore, Singapore
2007 – 2010, Consulting Engineer, Carollo Engineers, Walnut Creek, CA, USA
2006 – 2007, Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA
2002 – 2007, Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA
2004.10 – 2004.11, Visiting Student, Centre National de Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Groupe ENSIC, Laboratoire Réactions et Génie des Procédés, Université de Lorraine, Nancy cedex, France

Education

2007, Ph.D., Environmental Science in Civil Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA
2002, M.S., Environmental Science, School of the Environment, Nanjing University, China
1999, B.S., Environmental Science, School of the Environment, Nanjing University, China

Professional Certifications

2010 – present, Professional Engineer (Civil), California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists, CA, USA
2010, Certificate, ABET workshop on “Developing Sustainable Program Assessment Processes” by Dr. Gloria Rogers, MD-Professional Services, ABET, Inc.
2003 – 2006, Certified Livestock Manager, Illinois Department of Agriculture, IL, USA

Honors and Awards

2012, Excellence Award of the ESE Poster Symposium for Yuanyan DU (FYP student)
2012, Merit Award of the ESE Poster Symposium for Steve Chenghui LIN (FYP student)
2011, President’s Graduate Fellowship for Xinzhu YI (Ph.D. student)
2010, Certificate of Appreciation, Chinese American Environmental Professionals Association, Oakland, CA, U.S.
2007, Graduate College Conference Travel Award, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2007, Racheff Graduate Student Travel Fund Award, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2006, Racheff Graduate Student Travel Fund Award, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2005, Second Class Award of the Natural Science Award (2nd author), Nanjing, China
2005, Racheff Graduate Student Travel Fund Award, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2004, American Society for Microbiology Travel Grant
2002, University Fellowship, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2002, John W. Page Fellowship, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2001, Commendation on Developing New Technology of Industrial Wastewater Treatment, Jiangsu Department of Science and Technology, China.
2001, Excellence Fellowship, Nanjing University

Professional Affiliations

2012 – present, Academic Editor, PLOS ONE
2011 – present, Member, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
2011 – present, Member, International Water Association (IWA)
2011 – present, Member, Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP)
2004 – present, Member, American Society for Microbiology (ASM)
2000 – present, Lifetime Member, Chinese Society of Microbiology (CSM)
2012 – 2014, Honorary Auditor, BioEnergy Society of Singapore (BESS)
2008 – 2010, Member, American Water Works Association (AWWA)
2007 – 2010, Board Director and Membership Chair, Chinese American Environmental Professionals Association (CAEPA)
2007 – 2010, Member, Water Environment Federation (WEF)