CEE 266 Fall 2011 Syllabus

CEE 266 Fall 2011 Syllabus - Civil and Environmental...

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Civil and Environmental Engineering 266 Environmental Biotechnology 4 units, Fall Quarter, 2011 Lectures Mon. & Wed. 12-1:50 PM 5419 Boelter Hall Professor Shaily Mahendra 5732C Boelter Hall (310) 794-9850 E-mail: mahe[email protected] Office Hours: Mon. 2-3 PM, Fri. 1-2 PM Overview: Environmental biotechnology refers to the application of biological processes in natural and engineered environmental systems. Although the discipline of environmental biotechnology has been around for nearly a century, starting with the use of activated sludge and anaerobic digestion for waste treatment by sanitary engineers, the introduction of new technologies in molecular biology and process engineering has enabled engineers and scientists to address more contemporary environmental problems such as managing global nutrient cycles, hazardous waste remediation, and production of biofuels. This graduate course will cover fundamental microbiological principles in a quantitative engineering context to describe, predict, and design environmental biological systems. This course will be taught in an interactive, active-learning fashion, and it will be based on the textbooks and primary literature in environmental biotechnology. Recommended Textbooks on Reserve in SEAS Library: 1. Environmental Biotechnology: Principles and Applications, Bruce E. Rittmann & Perry L. McCarty. 2001. McGraw Hill 1st Edition (TD192.5 .R58 2001). 2. Environmental Microbiology: From Genomes to Biogeochemistry, Eugene L. Madsen. 2008. Wiley-Blackwell (QR100 .M33 2008). 3. Brock Biology of Microorganisms , M. T. Madigan, J. M. Martinko, and J. Parker. 2009. Prentice Hall, N.J., 12th Edition (QR41.2 .M336 2009).
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