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George Wells

George Wells

George Wells

Assistant Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Northwestern University

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ISEN 470 Sustainability in Water and Wastewater (0.5 credit)

Professor George Wells is an adviser for Northwestern's Master of Science in Energy and Sustainability (MSES) Program.

He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northwestern University, where he directs the Environmental Biotechnology and Microbial Ecology Laboratory. His primary research interests are microbial nitrogen and phosphorus cycling and shortcut biological nutrient removal processes, resource and energy recovery from wastewater, microbial ecology of engineered and impacted natural systems, sustainable biological wastewater treatment, and microbial greenhouse gas production. Wells received his BS in Chemical Engineering and BA in Environmental Engineering from Rice University. After a short period working at BP Chemicals, George joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University, where he completed his MS and PhD under Craig Criddle and Chris Francis. Prior to joining Northwestern, Wells spent nearly 2.5 years as a postdoctoral scholar under Eberhard Morgenroth at Eawag- the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (near Zürich, Switzerland).