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Bruce Rittmann

Center Director & Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5701
Regents Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5701
Distinguished Sustainability Scientist
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5701
Biography

Dr. Bruce E. Rittmann is Regents' Professor of Environmental Engineering and Director of the Biodesign Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology at Arizona State University.  His research focuses on the science and engineering needed to “manage microbial communities to provide services to society.”  Services include generating renewable energy, cleaning water and soil, and improving human health.  Dr. Rittmann is a member of the National Academy of Engineering; a Fellow of AAAS, WEF, IWA, AEESP, and NAI; and a Distinguished Member of ASCE.  Dr. Rittmann was awarded the first Clarke Prize for Outstanding Achievements in Water Science and Technology from the NWRI, the Walter Huber Research Prize and the Simon Freese Award from ASCE, the G.M. Fair Award from AAEES, and the Perry L. McCarty/AEESP Founders Award.  He is the co-winner of the 2018 Stockholm Water Prize.  Dr. Rittmann has published over 720 journal articles, books, and book chapters, and he has 17 patents.  With Dr. Perry McCarty, Dr. Rittmann co-authored the textbook Environmental Biotechnology: Principles and Applications (McGraw-Hill Book Co.).

 

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480-727-0089
Education
  • Ph.D. Environmental Enginering, Stanford University 1979
  • M.S. Environmental Engineering, Washington University-St. Louis 1974
  • B.S. Civil Engineering, Washington University-St. Louis 1974

 

 

Research Interests

Environmental Biotechnology

Microbial Ecology

Environmental Chemistry

Bioremediation

Microorganisms-Based Energy

Publications

Professor Rittmann has more than 720 publications, which can be seen in his CV.

Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
CEE 590Reading and Conference
CEE 592Research
CEE 593Applied Project
CEE 595Continuing Registration
CHE 595Continuing Registration
CEE 599Thesis
CEE 790Reading and Conference
CHE 792Research
CEE 792Research
BDE 792Research
CEE 795Continuing Registration
CEE 799Dissertation
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
CEE 590Reading and Conference
CEE 592Research
CEE 593Applied Project
CHE 595Continuing Registration
CEE 595Continuing Registration
CEE 790Reading and Conference
CHE 792Research
CEE 792Research
BDE 792Research
CEE 795Continuing Registration
CEE 799Dissertation
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
CEE 590Reading and Conference
CEE 592Research
CEE 593Applied Project
CEE 595Continuing Registration
CEE 790Reading and Conference
BDE 792Research
CEE 792Research
CEE 795Continuing Registration
CEE 799Dissertation
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
CEE 492Honors Directed Study
CEE 493Honors Thesis
MBB 495Undergraduate Research
CEE 499Individualized Instruction
CEE 580Practicum
CEE 590Reading and Conference
CEE 592Research
CEE 593Applied Project
CEE 595Continuing Registration
CEE 599Thesis
CHE 599Thesis
CEE 790Reading and Conference
CEE 792Research
CEE 795Continuing Registration
BDE 799Dissertation
CEE 799Dissertation
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
CEE 590Reading and Conference
CEE 592Research
CEE 593Applied Project
CEE 595Continuing Registration
CEE 599Thesis
CEE 790Reading and Conference
BDE 792Research
CEE 792Research
CEE 795Continuing Registration
CEE 799Dissertation
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
CEE 590Reading and Conference
CEE 592Research
CEE 595Continuing Registration
CEE 790Reading and Conference
BDE 792Research
CEE 792Research
CEE 795Continuing Registration
CEE 799Dissertation
Presentations

Dr. Rittmann regularly teaches CEE 565, Advanced Environmental Biotechnology.  This course is for graduate students interested in understanding and using microbial communities to provide sustainability services to society.  The course features in-class discussion of readings on contemporary topics in environmental biotechnology.  Students also conduct a term project that explores the foundation and application of a timely subject in environmental biotechnology.   Some past class projects have led to published papers and funded research proposals.  

Honors / Awards

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Professional Associations

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Graduate Faculties / Mentoring History

Dr. Rittmann has mentored more than 50 PhD graduates.  Most have gone on to leadership roles in academia, industry, and other enterprises.

Work History

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Service


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Consulting

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