Dr. Wendong Tao, an ERE Assistant Professor of Ecological Engineering, teaches students the excitement of ecological engineering in a senior engineering class called ERE 475/675 Ecological Engineering II (for Waste Management). This  Ecological Engineering II class applies the self-organization and sustainable design principles of ecosystems to water quality improvement. Students are trained to design and analyze ecological treatment systems as structural best management practices for a variety of wastewaters. Students gain hands-on experience on design, construction, operation, and monitoring of ecological treatment systems in the Old Greenhouse and Ecological Engineering Laboratory. The 2011 Ecological Engineering II class operated the third generation of wetland treatment systems that enhanced simultaneous nitritation, anammox and denitrification (SNAD). The Ecological Engineering II classes from 2008 to 2010 did similar engineering work. The earlier team used their work to compete in the EPA’s People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) Student Design Competition for Sustainability. The many engineering steps completed by these students are photographed and explained at:  Watch ESF P3 Team1. We now need a new group of students to lead the ESF team to the National Mall in Washington, DC for Dr. Tao’s next P3 competition.

2011 seniors Derek Mitchell and Matt Russo are discharging free water surface wetlands and taking measurements for treatment of dairy wastewater.

2011 seniors Owen Hunter, Matt Russo, and Derek Mitchell are taking measurements with portable meters in free water surface wetlands for treatment of dairy wastewater.