Courses – Shaily Mahendra, Ph.D.

• C&CEE 266 Environmental Biotechnology (Fall)

Environmental biotechnology refers to the application of biological processes in natural and engineered environmental systems. Although the discipline of environmental biotechnology has been around for nearly a century, starting with the use of activated sludge and anaerobic digestion for waste treatment by sanitary engineers, the introduction of new technologies in molecular biology and process engineering has enabled engineers and scientists to address more contemporary environmental problems such as managing global nutrient cycles, hazardous waste remediation, and production of biofuels. This graduate course will cover fundamental microbiological principles in a quantitative engineering context to describe, predict, and design environmental biological systems. This course will be taught in an interactive, active-learning fashion, and it will be based on the textbooks and primary literature in environmental biotechnology.

• C&EE M166 / ENV HLT M166 Environmental Microbiology (Winter)
Environmental microbiology refers to the study of microbial communities, microbial interactions, and microbial processes in natural and engineered environmental systems. Microorganisms perform a variety of environmental roles, e.g., as primary producers, waste decomposers, drivers of global nutrient cycles, biofuel producers, and pathogens. This undergraduate course will include topics from basic biochemistry, microbiology, microbial ecology, bio- and phytodegradation, biofilms, pathogens, microbial fuel cells, role of microorganisms in climate change, and sustainable development. The approach will be to use a combination of lecture and laboratory time to provide the students with the vocabulary and theory of microbial molecular biology as well as some hands-on experience using the techniques in this discipline.

• C&EE M165 / ENG M103 Environmental Nanotechnology (Spring)
This undergraduate/graduate course will cover fundamental principles of nanotechnology as well as its implications and applications for the environment. Lecture topics will include: synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials; unique properties of nanomaterials; nanomaterial transport, fate, environmental toxicity and risk; and nanomaterials applied to water treatment, air purification, environmental remediation, environmental sensing, and renewable energy production. In addition to lectures delivered by the instructor and invited guest speakers, the students will work in small groups to present 30-40 minute ‘team lectures’ on various implications and applications of nanotechnology.