Eberhard Morgenroth holds an MS (University of California 1994), Dipl.-Ing. (Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg 1995), and PhD (Technical University of Munich 1998), all in civil and environmental engineering. After two years of postdoctoral research at the Technical University of Denmark he was a professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2000 to 2009). Since 2009 he is a Professor for Process Engineering in Urban Water Management with appointments at ETH Zürich and at Eawag. At Eawag he is head of the process engineering department. His research interests include wastewater treatment, membrane bioreactors for water reuse, control of biofilms, biofilm reactors, biological drinking water treatment, decentralized wastewater treatment, and energy recovery from wastewater and organic residuals. He is an editor for Water Research and for Water Science & Technology.
Professor for Process Engineering in Urban Water Management,
ETH: Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich,
Eawag: Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, Dübendorf
Education and Training
1994 University of California, Davis: Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering
1995 Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg (Germany): Diplom-Ingenieur in Civil and Environmental Engineering
1998 Technical University of Munich (Germany), Department of Water Quality and Waste Management Environmental Engineering: Doktor der Ingenieurwissenschaften (Ph.D.)
since 2013 Director of Studies in Environmental Engineering (D-BAUG, ETH Zürich)
since 2012 Head of the Process Engineering Department at Eawag
2009 to date Professor, ETH: Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich and
2009 to date Professor, Eawag: Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology
2007-2009 Associate Professor, University of Illinois, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Department of Animal Science.
2000-2007 Assistant Professor, University of Illinois, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Department of Animal Science.
1998-2000 Assistant Research Professor Technical University of Denmark, Department of Environmental Science and Engineering
Major Research Areas
- Biological wastewater treatment using activated sludge, granular biomass, or biofilm based systems
- Biological drinking water treatment
- Mixed culture environmental biotechnology for bioenergy production
- Mathematical modeling
- Sustainable development of urban water management
Honors and Awards
- International Water Association (IWA): Member of the task group on biofilm modeling 1999 - 2006
- Abwassertechnische Vereinigung (DWA, German water and wastewater association): Member of the working group 7.5.6 on biofilm processes since 1999
- International Water Association (IWA): Chair of the management committee of the specialist group on environmental engineering education since 2000
- International Water Association (IWA): Member of the management committee of the specialist group on biofilms since 2000
- International Water Association (IWA): Member of the management committee of the specialist group on Systems Analysis and Integrated Assessment since 2002
- International Water Association (IWA): Member of the advisory panel of the IWA Young Water Professionals (YWP) program since 2005
- International Water Association (IWA): Member of the USA National Committee. Since 2008.
- Water Environment Federation (WEF) and International Water Association (IWA): Co-chair of the scientific and organizing committee for the WEF/IWA conference on Biofilm Reactor Technology to be held in 2010.
2007 - 2009 Harold E. Babbitt Faculty Scholar in Civil and Environmental Engineering
2004 Xerox Awards for Faculty Research from the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois recognizing outstanding research during the past year.
2003 and 2007 "List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students"
2003-2004 Beckman Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies at the University of Illinois
2003 C-FAR Donald A. Holt Achievement Award as part of the Livestock and Urban Waste Recycling Research Team awarded by the Illinois Council on Food and Agricultural Research.
since 2002 Editor for Water Research
2002 NSF Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) Award.