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Bruce Rittmann

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Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5701
Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5701
Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5701
Lincoln Scholar
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5701
Biography

Regents' Professor
School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment 
School of Energy, Material, and Transport engineering 
Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

Global Institue of Sustainability

Dr. Bruce Rittmann, director of the Center for Environmental Biotechnology in the Biodesign Institute at ASU, is an international leader in the use of microbial communities to provide services to society. Those services include pollution clean up, treatment of water and wastewater, capture of renewable energy, and directly improving human health. Dr. Rittmann was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2004. He is a Fellow of the AAAS, a recipient of the Clarke Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Water Science and Technology, a winner of the Huber Research Prize from ASCE, and one of the world's most highly cited researchers, according to ISI.

Expertise

Environmental Biotechnology Biofilms Microbial Ecology

Education

1979, Ph.D. Environmental Engineering, Stanford University
1974, M.S. Environmental Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis
1974, B.S. Civil Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis

 Visit the Rittmann website at http://rittmann.environmentalbiotechnology.org

Research Interests

Environmental Biotechnology

Microbial Ecology

Environmental Chemistry

Bioremediation

Microorganisms-Based Energy

Publications
  • Rittmann, Bruce Edward. Biofilms in the water industry. Microbial Biofilms (2004).
Research Activity
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
CEE 361Intro to Environmental Engr
BIO 492Honors Directed Study
CEE 492Honors Directed Study
MBB 493Honors Thesis
CEE 493Honors Thesis
MIC 495Undergraduate Research
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
MBB 495Undergraduate Research
CEE 499Individualized Instruction
CEE 590Reading and Conference
CEE 592Research
CEE 593Applied Project
CEE 595Continuing Registration
CHE 599Thesis
CEE 599Thesis
CEE 790Reading and Conference
BDE 792Research
CHE 792Research
CEE 792Research
CEE 795Continuing Registration
BDE 799Dissertation
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
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
CEE 492Honors Directed Study
MBB 493Honors Thesis
CEE 493Honors Thesis
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
MIC 495Undergraduate Research
MBB 495Undergraduate Research
CEE 499Individualized Instruction
CEE 565Adv Environ Biotechnology
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
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
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
CEE 361Intro to Environmental Engr
CEE 492Honors Directed Study
CEE 493Honors Thesis
MBB 495Undergraduate Research
CEE 499Individualized Instruction
CEE 590Reading and Conference
CEE 592Research
CEE 595Continuing Registration
CEE 599Thesis
CEE 790Reading and Conference
CEE 792Research
CEE 795Continuing Registration
BDE 799Dissertation
CEE 799Dissertation
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
CEE 492Honors Directed Study
MBB 493Honors Thesis
CEE 493Honors Thesis
MBB 495Undergraduate Research
MIC 495Undergraduate Research
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
CHE 498Pro-Seminar
CHE 499Individualized Instruction
CEE 499Individualized Instruction
CEE 580Practicum
CEE 590Reading and Conference
CEE 592Research
CEE 595Continuing Registration
CEE 599Thesis
CEE 790Reading and Conference
BDE 792Research
CEE 792Research
CEE 795Continuing Registration
BDE 799Dissertation
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
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
MBB 492Honors Directed Study
CEE 492Honors Directed Study
CEE 493Honors Thesis
MBB 495Undergraduate Research
CEE 499Individualized Instruction
CEE 590Reading and Conference
CEE 592Research
CEE 595Continuing Registration
CEE 599Thesis
CEE 790Reading and Conference
BDE 792Research
CEE 792Research
CEE 795Continuing Registration
BDE 799Dissertation
CEE 799Dissertation
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
CEE 492Honors Directed Study
CEE 493Honors Thesis
MBB 495Undergraduate Research
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
CEE 499Individualized Instruction
CEE 565Adv Environ Biotechnology
CEE 580Practicum
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
BDE 799Dissertation
CEE 799Dissertation
Summer 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
CEE 498Pro-Seminar
CEE 590Reading and Conference
CEE 592Research
CEE 595Continuing Registration
CEE 790Reading and Conference
BDE 792Research
CEE 792Research
CEE 795Continuing Registration
CEE 799Dissertation
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
CEE 361Intro to Environmental Engr
CEE 492Honors Directed Study
CEE 493Honors Thesis
CEE 499Individualized Instruction
CEE 580Practicum
CEE 590Reading and Conference
CEE 592Research
CEE 595Continuing Registration
CEE 599Thesis
CEE 790Reading and Conference
CEE 792Research
SOS 792Research
BDE 792Research
CEE 795Continuing Registration
SOS 799Dissertation
BDE 799Dissertation
CEE 799Dissertation
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
CEE 492Honors Directed Study
CEE 493Honors Thesis
MBB 495Undergraduate Research
MIC 495Undergraduate Research
CEE 499Individualized Instruction
CEE 580Practicum
CEE 590Reading and Conference
CEE 592Research
CEE 595Continuing Registration
CEE 599Thesis
CEE 790Reading and Conference
BDE 792Research
CEE 792Research
CEE 795Continuing Registration
SOS 799Dissertation
BDE 799Dissertation
CEE 799Dissertation
Summer 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
CEE 498Pro-Seminar
CEE 499Individualized Instruction
CEE 590Reading and Conference
CEE 592Research
CEE 595Continuing Registration
CEE 599Thesis
CEE 790Reading and Conference
CEE 792Research
CEE 795Continuing Registration
CEE 799Dissertation
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
CEE 492Honors Directed Study
CEE 493Honors Thesis
CEE 499Individualized Instruction
CEE 580Practicum
CEE 590Reading and Conference
CEE 592Research
CEE 595Continuing Registration
CEE 599Thesis
CEE 790Reading and Conference
CEE 792Research
CEE 795Continuing Registration
SOS 799Dissertation
CEE 799Dissertation
Service
  • Chair Search Committee, Dept. of Bioengineering, Member (2007 - Present)
  • Chair Search Committee, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Member (2006 - Present)
  • Bioenergy-Cluster Faculty Search Committee, pan-ASU, Member (2006 - 2007)
  • International Water Association, Co- chairman (2004 - 2007)
  • Environmental Science & Technology, Editorial Advisory Board (2003 - 2007)
  • Microbiology Section, Member (2003 - 2007)
  • Frontiers of Environmental Science & Technology in China, Editorial Board (2007)
  • The ISME Journal: Multidisciplinary Journal of Microbial Ecology, Editorial Board (2007)
  • Dean Search Committee, Fulton School of Engineering, Member (2005 - 2006)
  • Microbial Ecology, Editorial Board (2006)
  • Environmental science and technology, Editorial advisory board (2003 - 2005)
  • Ad hoc Committee to Create Procedures for Hiring and Promoting Research Professors, Biodesign Insitute, Member (2005)
  • Biodegradation, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Editor-in-Chief (1996 - 2004)
  • Steering committee for the Institute of sustainable technologies, co-chairman (2002 - 2003)
  • Environmental engineering committee, Science advisory board, Environmental protection agency, Member (2001 - 2003)
  • Science Advisory Board, Environmental Protection Agency, Environmental Engineering Committee (2001 - 2003)
  • Environmental Microbiology, Editorial Board (1998 - 2003)
  • Environmental microbiology, Editorial board member (1998 - 2003)
  • Water Environment Research, Editorial Board (1998 - 2003)
  • Water environment research, Editorial board member (1998 - 2003)
  • Environmental Sciences task force, co-chairman (2002 - 2002)
  • National research council, Review co-ordinator (2002 - 2002)
  • Environmental enginnering in Civil enginnering, Area co-ordinator (1992 - 2002)
  • National Research Council, Review Coordinator (2002)
  • Scientific Advisory Board, NSF Center on Biofilm Engineering, Montana State University, Member (1993 - 2001)
  • Sub-committee on research on Monitored natural attenuation, science advisory board, US environmental protection agency, Member (2000 - 2000)
  • National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences, Chairman, Panel on Intrinsic Remediation (1997 - 2000)
  • Science Advisory Board, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Sub-committee on Research on Monitored Natural Attenuation (2000)
  • Program Committee, IAWQ Biofilm Systems Conference, Member (1998 - 1999)
  • IAWQ Specialists Conference on Microbial Ecology of Biofilms, Chairman (1996 - 1998)
  • WERF-sponsored workshop on Biotechnology and Wastewater Treatment, Vice-Chairman (1998)
  • National Research Council, National Academy of Science, Water Science and Technology Board, Vice-Chairman (1994 - 1997)
  • IAWQ Specialists Group on Biofilm Systems, Management Group (1993 - 1997)
  • National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences, Member (1991 - 1997)
  • Awards Committee, Association of Environmental Engineering Professors, Member (1993 - 1996)
  • Biodegradation, Managing Editor (1990 - 1996)
  • AEEP Committee on Conferences, Workshops, and Receptions, Chairman (1994 - 1995)
  • Program Committee, World Environment Congress, Member (1994 - 1995)
  • Project Advisory Committees, American Water Works Association Research Foundation, Member (1990 - 1995)
  • IAWQ Workshop on Biofilm Structure, Growth, and Dynamics, Program Committee (1995)
  • Representation of AEEP to the United States of America Organizing Committee (USANC) of the IAWQ, Member (1992 - 1994)
  • IAWQ Specialty Conference on Biological Degradation of Organic Chemical Pollutants in Biofilm Systems, Program Committee (1994)
  • National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences/ Panel on In Situ Bioremediation, Chairman (1992 - 1993)
  • Association of Environmental Engineering Professors, Past-President of Board of Directors (1991 - 1992)
  • Association of Environmental Engineering Professors, Board of Directors (1988 - 1992)
  • Research Division Organic Contaminants Committee, American Water Works Association, Member (1986 - 1992)
  • Central States Education Center, Board of Directors (1984 - 1992)
  • Association of Environmental Engineering Professors, President of Board of Directors (1990 - 1991)
  • Association of Environmental Engineering Professors, Vice-President of Board of Directors (1989 - 1990)
  • National Science Foundation, Committe Member (1986 - 1990)
  • National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences, Member (1987 - 1989)
  • Dahlem Conference on Biofilm Structure and Function, Organizing Committee (1989)
  • Advisory Committee, Urbana Park District, member (1986 - 1987)
  • Academic Achievement Awards Committee, American Water Works Association, Member (1985 - 1987)
  • Awards Committee, Illinois Water Pollution Control Association, (1984 - 1987)
  • Illinois Center for Solid Waste Management and Research, Advisory Board (1987)
  • Best Paper Award Committee, Chairman (1984 - 1986)
  • Student Activities Committee, Illinois Water Pollution Control Association, Chairman (1983 - 1986)
  • Responsible Waste Management, Principal member (1982 - 1986)
  • Water Pollution Control Federation, Research Symposia and Program Committee (1983 - 1985)
  • Abbott Reconversion Study Group, Principal member (1981 - 1985)
  • Prairie Group of the Sierra Club, Chairman, Vice-Chairman, and Secretary (1980 - 1982)
  • AQUA, Reviewer (Present)
  • Academic Press, Inc., Reviewer (Present)
  • Activated Carbon Technology, Reviewer (Present)
  • Advances in Soil Science, Reviewer (Present)
  • American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS), (Present)
  • American Chemical Society, Reviewer (Present)
  • American Chemical Society (ACS), (Present)
  • American Chemical Society Books, Reviewer (Present)
  • American Society for Microbiology (ASM), (Present)
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), (Present)
  • American Water Works Association (AWWA), (Present)
  • American Water Works Association Research Foundation, Reviewer (Present)
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, Reviewer (Present)
  • Applied and Environmental Microbiology, Reviewer (Present)
  • Aquaculture Engineering, Reviewer (Present)
  • Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP), (Present)
  • Biodegradation, Reviewer (Present)
  • Biotechnology Progress, Reviewer (Present)
  • Biotechnology and Bioengineering, Reviewer (Present)
  • CRC/Lewis Publishers, Inc., Reviewer (Present)
  • Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, Reviewer (Present)
  • Cornell University Theory Center, Reviewer (Present)
  • Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology, Reviewer (Present)
  • Department of Energy, Reviewer (Present)
  • Electrochimica Acta, Reviewer (Present)
  • Engineering Science, Journal of King Saud University, Reviewer (Present)
  • Environmental Engineering Science, Reviewer (Present)
  • Environmental Microbiology, Reviewer (Present)
  • Environmental Protection Agency, Reviewer (Present)
  • Environmental Science & Technology, Reviewer (Present)
  • Environmental Technology, Reviewer (Present)
  • Environmental Technology Letters, Reviewer (Present)
  • Geomicrobiology Journal, Reviewer (Present)
  • Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic Hazardous Substances Research Center, Reviewer (Present)
  • Illinois Groundwater Consortium, Reviewer (Present)
  • Illinois Hazardous Waste Research and Information Center, Reviewer (Present)
  • Illinois Water Resources Center, Reviewer (Present)
  • Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant Center, Reviewer (Present)
  • Industrial & Chemistry Engineering Research, Reviewer (Present)
  • Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, Reviewer (Present)
  • Industry and Engineering Chemistry Research, Reviewer (Present)
  • International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Reviewer (Present)
  • International Society for Microbial Ecology (ISME), (Present)
  • International Water Association (IWA, formerly IAWQ), (Present)
  • John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Reviewer (Present)
  • Journal American Water Works Association, Reviewer (Present)
  • Journal Environmental Engineering, ASCE, Reviewer (Present)
  • Journal Environmental Management, Reviewer (Present)
  • Journal Hazardous Materials, Reviewer (Present)
  • Journal of Air & Waste Management Association, Reviewer (Present)
  • Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology, Reviewer (Present)
  • Journal of Environmental Engineering and Science, Reviewer (Present)
  • Journal of Environmental Quality, Reviewer (Present)
  • Journal of Industrial Microbiology, Reviewer (Present)
  • Limnology and Oceanography, Reviewer (Present)
  • McGraw-Hill Book Co., Reviewer (Present)
  • Minnesota Water Resources Center, Reviewer (Present)
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Reviewer (Present)
  • National Institutes for Health, Reviewer (Present)
  • National Research Council, Reviewer (Present)
  • National Science Foundation, Reviewer (Present)
  • National Writers Union (NWU), (Present)
  • Natural Environment Research Council, United Kingdom, Reviewer (Present)
  • Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Reviewer (Present)
  • New Mexico Water Resources Institute, Reviewer (Present)
  • New York State Center for Hazardous Waste Management, Reviewer (Present)
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Reviewer (Present)
  • Prentice-Hall Publishers, Reviewer (Present)
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Reviewer (Present)
  • Revue des Sciences de l'Eau, Reviewer (Present)
  • Science Foundation of Ireland, Reviewer (Present)
  • Science of the Total Environment, Reviewer (Present)
  • South Carolina NASA/EPSCoR, Reviewer (Present)
  • St. Lawrence Centre, Montréal, Reviewer (Present)
  • U. S. Geological Survey, Reviewer (Present)
  • U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation, Reviewer (Present)
  • United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation, Reviewer (Present)
  • University Council on Water Resources, Reviewer (Present)
  • University of Illinois Research Board, Reviewer (Present)
  • University of Wisconsin Sea Grants Center, Reviewer (Present)
  • Virginia Water Resources Center, Reviewer (Present)
  • Water Environment Federation (WEF), (Present)
  • Water Environment Research, Reviewer (Present)
  • Water Pollution Research Journal of Canada, Reviewer (Present)
  • Water Research, Reviewer (Present)
  • Water Resources Research, Reviewer (Present)
  • Water Science and Technology, Reviewer (Present)
  • Water21, Reviewer (Present)
  • Wisconsin Water Resources Institute, Reviewer (Present)