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Walter Weber | Faculty

Walter Weber

The Gordon M. Fair and Earnest Boyce Distinguished University Professor of Environmental and Ecological Sciences and Engineering;

Professor Emeritus, Chemical Engineering

4103 ERB I
wjwjr@umich.edu
Phone: (734) 763-2274
FAX: (734) 936-4391

 

Short Bio

EDUCATION

Harvard University
PhD Water Resources Engineering '62
AM Aquatic Chemistry '61

Rutgers University
MSE Civil Engineering '59

Brown University
ScB CHE '56

POSITIONS HELD AT U-M

  • The Gordon Maskew Fair and Earnest Boyce Distinguished University Professor, (1994-Present)
  • Founding Director, ConsEnSus, The College of Engineering Academic Program of Concentrations in Environmental Sustainability, (2001-Present)
  • Founding Director, Institute for Environmental Sciences, Engineering and Technology, (1997-2001)
  • Founding Director, The National Center for Integrated Bioremediation Research and Development, (1993-1999)
  • Founding Director, The Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic Center for Hazardous Substance Research, (1988-2002)
  • The Earnest Boyce Distinguished College Professor, (1987-1994)
  • Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, (1968-1987)
  • Chairman and Co-Founder, University Cross-Disciplinary Degree Program in Water Resources Engineering, Sciences, and Management, (1966-1992)
  • Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, (1965-1968)
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, (1963-65)

POSITIONS HELD ELSEWHERE

  • Advisor and consultant to more than two hundred federal, foreign, state, and local governments and institutions; industry; and engineering, research, and development firms, (1963-Present)
  • Visiting Professor, Departments of Civil Engineering and Chemistry, The University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, California; and, Department of Physical Chemistry, the University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia, (1971)
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow (1962-63), Research Fellow (1960-62), and Teaching Fellow (1959-60), Division of Engineering and Applied Physics, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, (1959-1963)
  • Instructor, College of Engineering, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey (1957-1959)
  • Flood Control Engineer, (Summers and part-time during academic year) Soil Conservation Service, USDA, New Brunswick, New Jersey, (1957-1959)
  • Process Engineer, Caterpillar Tractor Company, Peoria, Illinois, (1956- 1957)

Professional

PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY MEMBERSHIPS

  • National Academy of Engineering (since 1985).
  • American Academy of Environmental Engineers (since 1975).
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers (since 1966).
  • Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (since 1966).
  • University Council on Water Resources (since 1965).
  • American Society for Engineering Education (since 1965).
  • International Association on Water Quality (since 1964).
  • American Water Works Association, (1963-present) Honorary Life Member.
  • National Society of Professional Engineers (since 1962).
  • Water Environment Federation (since 1960) Honorary Life Member.
  • American Chemical Society (since 1960).
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (since 1960) Fellow.

Honors & Awards

  • The Rykman Distinguished Lecturer Award, Environmental Sciences and Engineering Program, Chemical Engineering, Washington University, St Louis, Missouri, November, 2005
  • Earth Day Distinguished Lecture Award. Chemical and Environmental Engineering Distinguished Lecturers in Engineering and Sciences Series, University of California at Riverside April, 2005
  • Distinguished Lecture Award, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architecture Engineering The University of Texas, Austin Texas, March, 2005
  • Environmental Sciences and Technology, “A Dedicated Issue as a “Tribute to the Unique Legacy of Walter J. Weber, Jr.” Volume 38, Number 22 . The American Chemical Society, Washington ,D.C. 15 November, 2004.
  • National Symposium in Honor of Walter J. Weber, Jr. A three-day “Physicochemical Processes in Environmental Systems” conference to recognize forty years of distinguished leadership in environmental research and education, ACS National Meeting, New York, N.Y., September 2003.
  • Recognition by the International Science Index (ISI) as the 15th most highly cited and quoted scientist in the World, 7 th in the USA, and the only engineer among the top 20 individuals in the World in the broad area of environmental and ecological sciences over the past decade. (2002).
  • The AEESP/WEF Distinguished Lecture, Water Environment Federation, Annual Conference, Anaheim , CA. (2002).
  • Parsons Engineering Science Award "Advisor, most outstanding US environmental science and engineering Ph.D. dissertation." Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (2001)
  • Founders Award, "For outstanding sustained contributions to environmental engineering education and the profession." Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (2000)
  • The Barnett F. Dodge Distinguished Lectureship in Chemical Engineering, Yale, University, New Haven CT (2000)
  • Distinguished Diplomate Award "In recognition of extraordinary service to the profession." American Academy of Environmental Engineers (1999)
  • Honorary Life Membership "For four decades of professional excellence and service." Water Environment Federation (1999)
  • CH2M Hill Award "Advisor, most outstanding US environmental science and engineering Ph.D. dissertation." Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (1998)
  • Inaugural Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Medal, Engineering Sesquicentennial Award "For a career of exceptional accomplishments." Brown University, Providence, RI (1997).
  • Academic Achievement Award, "Advisor for the national winner of the best water sciences and engineering doctoral dissertation" American Water Works Association (1997).
  • Athalie Richardson Irvine Clarke Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Water Science and Technology, National Water Research Institute (1996).
  • Merck Distinguished Lectureship in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ (1996).
  • Gordon Maskew Fair Award, "Recognizing substantial contributions to the engineering profession and the quality of the world's environment." American Academy of Environmental Engineers (1995).
  • Distinguished University Professor, The Gordon M. Fair and Earnest Boyce Distinguished University Professor, The University of Michigan Board of Regents (1994).
  • Inaugural DuPont Distinguished Lectureship, The University of Delaware, Newark, DE (1994).
  • Life Member Award, "For more than thirty years of dedicated service and significant contributions to the Association." American Water Works Association (1993).
  • Founders Medal, "In recognition of the most outstanding paper published in the International Journal in the year 1991." International Association on Water Quality (1992).
  • Distinguished Scientist Award, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (1991). Includes three years of support for personal research on soil-contaminant bonding relationships and for stimulation of interactions with investigators in the research and development laboratories of the U.S. EPA.
  • A.P. Black Research Medal, "For many and sustained outstanding research contributions to water science, water treatment, and water supply practice." The American Water Works Association (1991).
  • Honorary Professor of Environmental Engineering, The East China University of Chemical Technology, Shanghai, China; The Chinese State Education Commission, Beijing, China, (1991).
  • Samuel L. and Julia M. Flom Distinguished Visiting Scholar, The University of South Florida (1990-1991).
  • Gordon Maskew Fair Medal "For outstanding accomplishments in the teaching and development of environmental engineers and scientists." The Water Environment Federation (1990).
  • Distinguished Lecturer, American Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (1990).
  • Outstanding Publication Award, "For landmark publications that have withstood the test of time." The American Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (1989).
  • Academic Achievement Award, "Mentor and research advisor for the national winner of the Water Sciences and Engineering Doctoral Dissertation Award" American Water Works Association (1989).
  • Distinguished Faculty Award, The State of Michigan, Association of Governing Boards of State Universities (1989).
  • Thomas R. Camp Medal, "For unique applications of basic research and fundamental principles in the design and development of water and wastewater treatment systems." The Water Environment Federation (1988).
  • Stephen S. Attwood Award for Engineering Excellence, The University of Michigan College of Engineering (1987).
  • Founders Publication Award, International Association for Water Quality, (1987).
  • Distinguished College Professor, The Earnest Boyce Distinguished Professorship, The University of Michigan Board of Regents (1987).
  • Elected to the status of Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineers, (1986).
  • Elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (1985).
  • G. Brooks Ernest Award, American Society of Civil Engineers, (1985).
  • Engineering Science Research Award, American Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (1984).
  • Simon W. Freese Award, American Society of Civil Engineers (1984).
  • F. J. Zimmerman Award in Environmental Chemistry, American Chemical Society (1982).
  • Thomas R. Camp Award, Boston Society of Civil Engineers (1982).
  • Academic Achievement Award, American Water Works Association (1981).
  • Excellence in Research Award, College of Engineering, The University of Michigan (1980).
  • Rudolph Hering Medal, American Society of Civil Engineers (1980).
  • Willard F. Shephard Award, Michigan Water Pollution Control Association (1980).
  • Who's Who in the World (1980).
  • First Place Presentation Award, Biological Science Exhibition, Microbeam Analysis Society (1979).
  • AEEP-NALCO Research Award, Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (1979).
  • Distinguished Senior Faculty Award, The University of Michigan (1978).
  • Who's Who in America (1976).
  • James R. Rumsey Memorial Award, Michigan Water Pollution Control Association (1975).
  • Diplomate, American Academy of Environmental Engineers (1975).
  • Engineer of Distinction, Engineers Joint Council (1973).
  • Michael Faraday Lecturer, College of Engineering, The University of Michigan (1970).
  • Distinguished Faculty Award, Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (1968).
  • Distinguished Junior Faculty Award, College of Engineering, The University of Michigan (1967).
  • Certificate of Merit, Division of Environmental Chemistry, American Chemical Society (1962).
  • Doctoral Marshal, Division of Engineering and Applied Physics, Harvard University (1962).
  • Mercer-Hall Scholar, Brown University (1952-56).
  • Academic Honor Societies: Tau Beta Pi; Chi Epsilon; Delta Omega; Sigma Xi.