Dr. Daniel Zitomer is a professor of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering and director of the Water Quality Center at Marquette. He specializes in wastewater treatment and anaerobic biological process research. Zitomer has authored more than 28 journal articles, proceedings papers and technical reports. He presently teaches graduate classes on biological wastewater treatment and environmental chemistry. He has performed research for the National Science Foundation, State of Wisconsin and others and has more than 12 years of experience consulting with entities such as Rohm and Haas Co., United Water Services, Glatfelter Paper, Earth Tech, the Grande Cheese Co. and Triad Engineering.
Dr. Michael S. Switzenbaum is professor and executive associate dean and teaches and performs research regarding anaerobic treatment, biosolids management and microbiology applied to environmental engineering. Switzenbaum has more than 28 years of experience in environmental engineering and is recognized internationally as an expert in environmental technology, having authored more than 125 journal articles, proceedings papers, technical reports, reviews and book chapters. He is a member of the International Water Association specialist group on anaerobic digestion and the Water Environment Federation residuals and biosolids committee. Switzenbaum has traveled and lectured extensively on environmental engineering, having made presentations or co-chaired short courses in the United States, Brazil, China, Mexico, the Netherlands and other countries.
Dr. Duran’s teaching and research interests concentrate in application of biological processes for wastewater treatment, bioremediation, solid and hazardous waste management, and water quality control. He has been teaching undergraduate and graduate-level environmental engineering courses as well as microbiology courses since he received his doctorate from Vanderbilt University in 1996. Lately, he has been involved in research activities on microbial community structure of anaerobic and aerobic biological treatment processes, microbial source tracking by phenotypic methods, reductive dehalogenation of highly chlorinated organic pollutants, anaerobic digestion of treatment plant sludge at elevated temperatures, and biological processes for agricultural waste management. He is an assistant adjunct professor and is a member of the Water Quality Center research group.