Environmental engineer to speak at AU on quality of tap water

AUBURN – Vernon Snoeyink, emeritus professor of environmental engineering at the University of Illinois-Urbana, will speak at Auburn University on “Treatment to Minimize Water Quality Changes and Energy Losses During Distribution,” Wednesday, April 18, at 3 p.m., in Foy 208.

The lecture is part of the Environmental and Water Research Program in AU’s Department of Civil Engineering. The seminar series is sponsored by CH2MHILL-Montgomery and AU’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering.

In his lecture, Snoeyink will talk about how drinking water must be treated so that it meets standards and is aesthetically pleasing, but also so that its quality does not deteriorate as it travels through the pipe network to the tap. Improperly treated water could not only damage pipes but could also be a health hazard.

Snoeyink holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, a master’s degree in sanitary engineering and a doctorate in water resources engineering, all from the University of Michigan. His research program in recent years has centered on the removal of organic and inorganic contaminants from water using adsorption systems, especially granular and powdered activated carbon systems that are coupled with membrane systems.

Snoeyink is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Water Works Association, the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors and the International Water Association. He served as president of the Association of Engineering and Science Professors and currently is on the Editorial Advisory Board of AQUA.

(Contributed by Sara Borchik.)

Contact: Sara Borchik, (334) 844-9159 (borchse@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)