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Engineering hosts environmental workshops for industry

The Lamar University Department of Civil Engineering will host the Eckenfelder Lecture Series Monday, May 2.

The lectures are free to Lamar students and faculty. Members of the public wishing to participate in the event must register with the Eckenfelder Lecture Series Foundation by contacting David Kujawski at or (949) 433-0301.

The program will run from 9:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Setzer Student Center, Room 210, and will include lectures on "Energy and the Environment: Past, Present and Future," "Technological Advancements in the Treatment and Control of Air Emissions for the Oil Refining Industry," “Deployment of a Chemostatic Reactor for Increased Oil & Grease Biological Oxidation in Oil Refinery Activated Sludge Processes," and "Advancements in Biomass Inventor and MCRT Process Control in Oil Refinery Activated Sludge Systems."

Presenters include environmental engineer Davis Ford, who holds a Ph.D. from the University of Texas and has been a professor there for 45 years. Also presenting is Lial Tischler, a partner in the environmental engineering firm Tischler/Kocurek. Tischler holds a Ph.D. from UT and has more than 35 years of experience in environmental consulting with a particular focus on the Texas petrochemical industry. With more than 30 years of environmental consulting experience, Kujawski has worked with projects at more than 200 industrial plants and more than 45 oil refineries.

All three presenters studied under the late William Eckenfelder, deemed the "godfather" of industrial wastewater management by many of his colleagues, former students and peers. Known internationally as a pioneer in the field of water treatment and a leading authority in industrial wastewater management, Eckenfelder is honored by the Eckenfelder Lecture Series Foundation, a trust to promote the continuation and expansion of his teachings initiated by his colleagues and the American Academy of Environmental Engineers, the U.S. governing body for environmental engineers.