Texas A&M University-Kingsville

National Environmental Engineering Lecture Series Comes to Campus October 16

KINGSVILLE - September 29, 2009

Contact: Jason Marton
jason.marton@tamuk.edu or 361.593.4143

Reception at 5:30 p.m., lecture at 7 p.m., all in Founders’ Room

For the first time ever, the national Kappe Lecture Series, of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers (AAEE), comes to Texas A&M University-Kingsville Friday, October 16.

The Kappe Lecture Series is a fall series with the goal of sharing the knowledge of today’s practitioners with tomorrow’s engineers. It is named after Stanley E. Kappe, P.E., DEE, an environmental engineering who worked for more than 55 years in his field, earned a host of honors and served as the executive director of the AAEE from 1971 to 1981.

A&M-Kingsville was selected by AAEE to host 2009 Kappe lecturer Dr. Rao Y. Surampalli, engineer director for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA). Surampalli will deliver the lecture “Nanotechnology and the Environment.”

The event is being sponsored by the Center for Research Excellence in Science and Technology–Research on Environmental Sustainability in Semi-Arid Coastal Areas (CREST-RESSACA) in the department of environmental engineering at A&M-Kingsville.

A reception will be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m., with the lecture scheduled for 7 p.m., all taking place in the Founders’ Room. The public is invited to attend this free event. Attendees are encouraged to RSVP at 361-593-4330.

The talk will focus on the potential environmental applications of nanomaterials and nanotechnologies, a burgeoning field that is and will be appearing in everything from green chemistry, to soil and water pollution treatments, to cleaning up industrial processes. While there are exciting developments being discussed, there are also issues about unknown consequences associated with exposure to nanomaterials.

Surampalli has been with the USEPA for the past 23 years. His career in private prac­tice, government, university and applied research has given him the opportunity to experience and appreciate the varied interests and challenges of the environmental engineering profession. His main expertise is in the area of water/waste­water treatment, sludge treatment/disposal, hazardous/solid waste management and soil and groundwater treatment.

In addition to his position with the USEPA, Surampalli is an adjunct professor of environ­mental engineering at six universities: Iowa State Univer­sity-Ames, University of Missouri-Columbia, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Quebec-Sainte Foy, Tongji University-Shanghai, and Missouri University of Science and Technology-Rolla. He also is an honorary professor in Sichuan University-Chengdu.

Named a Distinguished Engineering Alumnus of both the Oklahoma State University and Iowa State University, Surampalli was elected a Fellow of the American Associa­tion for the Advancement of Science in 2005, and a member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts in 2008. He also is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

He has provided technical assistance, facilitated tech­nology transfer, and built technical capacity for numerous developed and developing nations, including Brazil, India, Nepal, Taiwan, Japan, Thailand, Philippines, Panama, Germany, Hong Kong, Ghana, China and Korea.           

Surampalli has authored more than 400 technical publications, including eight books, 42 book chapters, 142 refereed (peer-re­viewed) journal articles, presented at more than 190 national and international conferences, edited 12 refereed conference proceedings and given over 60 plenary, keynote or invited presentations worldwide.

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