Environmental Resources and Ecological Engineering

Sunday, November 8, 2015
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SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
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I am looking for two graduate students who are interested in pursuing a PhD (preferred) or MS degree in Environmental Resources Engineering or Ecological Engineering (www.esf.edu/ere/graduate/) at State University of New York (SUNY) College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY:


The first one to start in the spring 2016 semester (mid-January). This student will be funded with State Graduate Assistantship in spring 2016 and Project Research Assistantship in summer 2016. Thesis research topics will be developed in my research areas (http://watertao.wix.com/wastewater#!research/c22j5) including constructed wetland treatment systems, anaerobic digestion, and nutrient recovery. Experience with bio-molecular techniques or process-based modeling is preferred for doctoral research in constructed wetlands. This student will have a driver license to help with monitoring combined sewer overflows through a constructed wetland treatment facility (only to replace key samplers during CSO events longer than 8 hours).


The second one to start in the fall 2016 semester. This student will be funded with Project Research Assistantship. Thesis research will be conducted in anaerobic digestion of food waste and/or nutrient recovery from digestate (ammonia and/or struvite). Research will be conducted to achieve the objectives of my research projects (http://watertao.wix.com/wastewater#!research/c22j5) and support the collaboration with a small startup company. This student is also expected to have a driver license so as to help with monitoring combined sewer overflows (only following heavy storms that result in monitoring events longer than 8 hours).


Engineers and scientists with a BS or MS in environmental engineering, ecological engineering, chemical engineering, or related fields are encouraged to apply (http://www.esf.edu/graduate/admission.htm). A list of prerequisites and program mastery courses is described at http://www.esf.edu/catalog/ere.asp#grad. Applicants without a MS degree are typically accepted to a MS program only, with a possibility to transfer to a PhD program later. PhD candidates should have demonstrated an ability to do independent research. Please provide me with the information requested at http://watertao.wix.com/wastewater#!gradapplicants/c24vq, or email me your statement of study goals and resume (including GPAs, GRE sectional scores, and TOEFL sectional scores if international) to Wendong Tao at wtao@esf.edu. For the spring 2016 position, only the selected candidates will be contacted for more information and the final candidate will be invited to submit an official graduate application and supporting documents.