- Ph.D. Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, 1993
- B.S., Economic Sciences, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, Belgium, 1988
- B.S. + M.S., Environmental Science and Engineering, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, Belgium, 1987
I am the Altarum/ERIM Russell O’Neal Professor of Environmental Engineering and one of four faculty members of the University of Michigan Environmental Biotechnology group. I am inspired by the complexity of the microbial world and the astonishing progress we have made in the field of microbial ecology over the past few decades. This progress continuously motivates me to rethink engineered systems so we can better harness the power of microorganisms to treat water and recover resources from waste stream.