George Tchobanoglous in 2009
|Born||May 24, 1935|
|Institutions||University of California, Davis campus|
|Alma mater||BS from University of the Pacific
MS from University of California
PhD from Stanford University
Hon. D.Eng from Colorado School of Mines
|Known for||His textbooks and engineering reference books.|
|Notable awards||Athalie Richardson Irvine Clarke Prize, 2003
National Academy of Engineering, 2004
Frederick George Pohland Medal, 2007
former-president of Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors
George Tchobanoglous was born in the United States to Greek immigrant parents. He received a BS in civil engineering from the University of the Pacific, an MS in sanitary engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and a PhD in environmental engineering from Stanford University. Rolf Eliassen was his PhD adviser at Stanford.
He joined the faculty of the University of California, Davis, in 1970 and remained there for the rest of his professional career, teaching courses on water and wastewater treatment and solid waste management. He has said "the University has basically been my life." He is now a professor emeritus in the university's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
He is a former president of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors.
Tchobanoglous and his wife, Rosemary Ash Tchobanoglous, are the parents of three daughters.
In the 1970s he studied the use of constructed wetlands for wastewater treatment. One application of his findings was in his assistance to the city of San Diego in establishing an aquaculture facility that remained in use for more than 20 years. For the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) he directed the development of a series of four regional guidance manuals on the restoration, rehabilitation, and creation of salt marshes.
Tchobanoglous' investigations of filtration technologies for wastewater treatment led to California state approval of five alternative technologies in addition to the two conventional technologies that had been approved as of the early 1970s.
His work in the use of ultraviolet radiation for wastewater disinfection began in the early 1990s, when he investigated the potential to use UV to disinfect wastewater in order to reclaim it for reuse. Guidelines for UV disinfection that he helped to draft in 1993 became "the standard" U.S. resource on this topic and helped foster the acceptance of UV disinfection as a technology for water reuse.
In the 2000s, Tchobanoglous focused his attention on decentralized wastewater management, delivering numerous speeches on the challenge of providing effective systems to collect, treat, and reuse or disperse wastewater produced in locations where it is not practicable to provide sanitary sewers and centralized wastewater treatment.
Tchobanoglous has advised many of the students that have become thought leaders on their own, including:
Harold Leverenz, (PhD 2008) - currently a researcher at UC Davis
David Austin, (MS 1996) - currently with CH2MHill
Dave Maciolek, (MS 1995) - currently with Aqua Nova Engineering
Tchobanoglous is the author or coauthor of over 560 publications, including 23 textbooks and eight engineering reference books. His textbooks are in use in more than 225 U.S. educational institutions.
He also provided editorial consulting for the book series Water Resources and Environmental Engineering, from McGraw-Hill and provides national and international consulting for governments and private companies.
He has given more than 550 technical presentations in the United States and abroad, including Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and South America. During the last 10 years most of the presentations have been invited lectures or Keynote Addresses.
Tchobanoglous received the Athalie Richardson Irvine Clarke Prize from National Water Research Institute in 2003. In 2004, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Award for Research and Education in Integrated Waste Management from the Waste-to-energy Research and Technology Council and was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering. In 2005, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Colorado School of Mines. In 2006, he was the Distinguished Lecturer for the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, University of Texas, Austin, Texas. In 2007, he received the Frederick George Pohland Medal awarded by American Academy of Environmental Engineers and the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors.
George and Rosemary Tchobanoglous Fellowship
In 1999, the University of California, Davis, established an endowed fellowship for graduate students in environmental engineering, named for George and Rosemary Tchobanoglous. The fellowship is awarded to students working toward master's degrees without an expectation of candidacy for a doctorate. Tchobanoglous has supported the fellowship through donations. The focus on master's degree students is based on Tchobanoglous' concern that these students often lack access to the financial resources that are available to PhD students who can obtain funding by writing their own research proposals.
- Sole author
- Wastewater management. Gale Research Co., 1976
- Solid wastes. McGraw-Hill, 1977
- Solutions manual to accompany Metcalf & Eddy, Inc. McGraw-Hill, 1979
- Wastewater engineering, treatment, disposal, reuse Solutions manual to accompany Metcalf & Eddy, Inc. McGraw-Hill, 1979
- Wastewater engineering, treatment, disposal, reuse. McGraw-Hill, 1979
- Water quality. Addison-Wesley, 1985
- Wastewater Engineering. Mcgraw-Hill College, November 1990
- Integrated solid waste management. McGraw-Hill, 1993
- With others
- Wastewater Engineering Treatment Disposal Reuse by George Tchobanoglous and Metcalf & Eddy. McGraw-Hill Companies, 1991
- Wastewater Engineering by George Tchobanoglous and H. David Stensel. McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math, 2002
- Handbook of Solid Waste Management by George Tchobanoglous and Frank Kreith. McGraw-Hill Professional, 2002
- Water Reuse by George Tchobanoglous, Metcalf & Eddy, Inc. an AECOM Company, Takashi Asano, Franklin L. Burton, Harold L. Leverenz and Ryujiro Tsuchihashi. McGraw-Hill Professional, 2007
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- "Advanced Solutions for Wastewater Treatment & Reuse" (PDF). UNC Charlotte & Huber Technology. Retrieved January 4, 2010.
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- "13th Northwest On-Site Wastewater Treatment Short Course and Equipment Exhibition". Engineering Professional Programs. Retrieved January 4, 2010.
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- "UC Davis Wastewater Expert Elected to National Academy of Engineering". UC Davis News & Information. February 27, 2004. Retrieved November 6, 2011.
- "The Frederick George Pohland Medal". AEESP. Archived from the original on March 31, 2009. Retrieved January 4, 2010.
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