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'The Rivals' partner for sustainability lecture

Lehigh and Lafayette are bitter rivals in the realm of athletics, but on the academic front it's a different story altogether.

The two institutions have partnered to sponsor a lecture from world-renowned educator and National Academy of Engineering member George Tchobanoglous, professor emeritus of civil and environmental engineering at University of California, Davis. Dr. Tchobanoglous will bring over 35 years of experience to discuss the topic of water reuse from many angles -- public health protection to water quality criteria and regulations to advanced technology to implementation issues. The event is taking place Wednesday, September 18, at 6 p.m. at Lehigh's Lewis Lab, room 270.

The 2013 Kappe Lecturer from the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists, Dr. Tchobanoglous' research interests are in the areas of wastewater treatment, wastewater filtration, UV disinfection, aquatic wastewater management systems, wastewater management for small and decentralized wastewater management systems, solid waste management, and water reuse. In his talk, Dr. Tchobanoglous will discuss the opportunities and challenges in rescuing and reusing wastewater. He believes that a paradigm shift has occurred, and that wastewater is no longer waste, but instead should be viewed as "renewable source of energy, resources, and potable water."

Dr. Tchobanoglous has authored or co-authored over 500 technical publications, including 22 textbooks and 8 reference works. His textbooks, renowned for bridging the gap between academia and the day-to-day world of the engineer, have sold more than 500,000 copies in seven languages and are read in more than 225 colleges and universities around the world, as well as by professional engineers. Most recently he, with coauthors, has written extensively on water reuse, including the textbook Water Reuse: Issues, Technologies, and Applications, and the NWRI White Paper, Direct Potable Reuse: Benefits for Public Water Supplies, Agriculture, the Environment, and Energy Conservation.

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Dr. George Tchobanoglous

Dr. George Tchobanoglous, professor emeritus of civil and environmental engineering at University of California, Davis.