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Brian Whitman CV

 

Brian E. Whitman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering
Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences Department
Wilkes University
PO Box 111
Wilkes-Barre, PA. 18766

Education
Ph.D., Environmental Engineering, Michigan Technological University, May 1998 Dissertation Title: The Association and Uptake of Hydrophobic Organic Chemicals Gram-Negative Organisms during Bioremediation Processes
M.S., Civil Engineering, Michigan Technological University, December 1994 Thesis Title: Biosorption and Transport of Naphthalene by a Pseudomonas fluorescens Isolate
B.S., Environmental Engineering, Michigan Technological University, May 1992

Teaching Experience
Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering, May 2003 through present
Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering, August 1997 through May 2003
Department of Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences, Wilkes University
Courses taught: Hydrology (Hydrogeology), Water and Wastewater Treatment, Water Resources Engineering, Environmental Engineering Hydraulics, Senior Project Coordinator, Environmental Microbiology, Environmental Data Analysis, Biogeochemistry Lab, Principals of Environmental Science Lab, Computer Utilization in Engineering, and Freshman Experience (Technological Survival)

Current Research Projects
Treating Drinking Water Contaminated with Arsenic and Phosphorous Using Ferric Hydroxide River Deposits from Abandoned Mine Drainage (AMD)
Department of Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences, Wilkes University
Co-Investigator with Mr. Brian Oram, Wilkes University
Advisor to six undergraduate students since starting this project
Date: September 2002 through present

The Phytoremediation of Methyl tert-Butyl Ether (MTBE) in Swales and Ditches
Department of Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences, Wilkes University
Co-Investigator with Dr. Debbie Carey, Marywood University, Scranton, PA. and Anthony Lagalante, Pennsylvania State University Scranton Campus, Scranton, PA.
Advisor to two undergraduate students since starting project
Date: February 2002 through present

Use of Cenospheres as a Supplement to Enhance the Lubrication Properties of Motor Oil
Department of Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences, Wilkes University
Co-Investigator with Dr. Owen Faut, Wilkes University
Advisor to one undergraduate student since starting this project
Date: August 2000 through present

Use of Waste Ash Material from a Coal-Burning Power Plant to Supplement Agricultural Soil to Enhance Crop Plant Yield
Department of Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences, Wilkes University
Co-Investigator with Dr. Dan McNally, Bryant College, Smithfield RI.
Advisor to five undergraduate students since starting project
Date: August 1999 through present

Constructed Wetlands for the Treatment of Agricultural Runoff and Abandoned Mine Drainage (AMD)
Department of Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences, Wilkes University
Co-Investigator with Dr. Kenneth Klemow, Wilkes University
Advisor to eighteen undergraduate students since starting project
Date: September 1998 through present

Currently Funded Grants
Wilkes University Faculty Development Committee Type I Grant: Conversion of Fly Ash
Components to Liquid Lubricant Additives
Date: May 2004 through May 2007
Principle Investigators: Brian E. Whitman and Owen Faut

Professional Experience
Consulting Engineer
The Lake Carey Cottagers’ Association, Tunkhannock, PA
Funded Growing Greener Grant titled: Lake Carey Watershed Assessment & Restoration Project
Date: August 2002 through August 2003
Duties: Assist in an evaluation of the Lake Carey and the surrounding watershed to determine the impact of phosphorus loading to the lake and assist in developing a restoration plan

Consulting Engineer
Engelhard Corporation, Iselin NJ
Co-Investigator with Mr. Brian Oram, Wilkes Universiry
Date: August 2001 through July 2002
Duties:
• Evaluate the removal of arsenic from water using new zeolite materials
• Evaluate the hydraulic characteristics of the zeolite material in columns
• Compare the removal efficiency of arsenic using the zeolite materials to current
accepted technologies
Report Title: The Assessment of Zeolites to Remove Arsenic from Drinking Water: Sorption Capacity and Removal Kinetics

Consulting Engineer
Pennsylvania Economy League, Wilkes Barre, PA.
Date: May 1999 through November 2000
Duties: Assist the Pennsylvania Economy League to determine the engineering and economic impacts after the joining of two public water municipalities in Lancaster County, PA.
Report Title: An Analysis of the Fiscal and Operational Impacts of East Cocalico Township Authority and the Ephrata Area Joint Authority Joining to Provide Water Service to Their Customers

Presentations
Fracture Array Analysis of the Elk Mountain Sandstone of the Catskill Formation, South Abington and Scott Township, PA. Joel T Antolik, Sid Halsor, and Brian E. Whitman. Geologic Society of America (GSA) Annual Meeting and Exposition. Philadelphia, PA. October 2006.

Determining the Accuracy of Automated Calibration of Pipe Network Models
Thomas M. Walski, Nicholas DeFrank, Thomas Voglino, Rick Wood, and Brian E. Whitman. 2006 8th Annual Symposium on Water Distribution System Analysis, International Water Association, Cincinnati OH. August 2006.

Role of Plant Architecture and Cuticular Features in Removing Iron From Wetlands Constructed to Treat Abandoned Mine Drainage. Rachel Giroux, Beth Karwaski, Kenneth Klemow, Donald Mencer, Therese Wignot, and Brian E.
Whitman. The 82nd Annual Pennsylvania Academy of Science Meeting. Grantsville, PA,
March/April 2006.

Phytoremediation of Methyl Tertiary-Butyl Ether (MTBE) by River Birch Saplings
Rebecca Ryals, Deborah Hokien Carey, Anthony Lagalante, and Brian E. Whitman
36th Middle Atlantic Regional Meeting (MARM), American Chemical Society
Princeton University, June 2003

Model to Predict the Passive-Diffusion Mediated Uptake of Hydrophobic Organic
Chemicals through the Cellular Envelope of a Gram-Negative Organism
Brian E. Whitman, Donald R. Lueking, and James R. Mihelcic. 101st General Meeting, American Society for Microbiology Orlando, FL., May 2001

New Information about Pseudomonads: Uptake of Naphthalene and Degradation of 3- and 4-Ring PAHs under Denitrification Conditions. James R. Mihelcic, Dan L. McNally, and Brian Whitman. 20th Annual Midwest Environmental Chemistry Workshop
Indiana University, November 1997

Naphthalene Biosorption and Uptake by a Pseudomonas fluorescens Isolate: Implications for Subsurface Systems. Brian E. Whitman, James R. Mihelcic, and Donald R. Lueking. Innovative Technologies for Site Remediation and Hazardous Waste Management, American Society for Civil Engineers, University of Pittsburgh, July 1995

Naphthalene Assimilation by a Pseudomonas fluorescens Isolate. Brian E. Whitman, Donald R. Lueking, and James R. Mihelcic, 95th General Meeting, American Society for Microbiology, Washington D.C., May 1995

Naphthalene Assimilation by a Pseudomonas fluorescens Isolate. Brian E. Whitman, Donald R. Lueking, and James R. Mihelcic. 16th Midwest Environmental Chemistry Workshop, Notre Dame University, October 1993

The Uptake of Naphthalene into Live and Dead Bacterial Cells. Brian E. Whitman.
Sigma Xi/Graduate Student Council Multi-Disciplinary Student Research Colloquium
Michigan Technological University, April 1993

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