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Environmental Engineering

Kumar   Ganesan,   Ph.D,   QEP,   PE

Professor and Department Head
Environmental Engineering
S&E 316 B
(406) 496-4239
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Dr. Kumar Ganesan received his doctoral degree from Washington State University in 1981. He earned his Bachelor and masters in Engineering from the University of Madras, India. he has over 40 years of experience in the environmental engineering field and he has work experience in industry, government agencies and consulting company before joining Montana Tech in 1983. He has worked on air quality monitoring, modeling, emission inventory, designing air pollution control systems, ventilation systems, investigation of indoor air quality, water quality and innovative treatment studies, and has developed novel filters to remove toxic metals from contaminated air and water streams. he has been mentoring students for their senior capstone projects and put together teams of students for national and international competition and the teams won several awards.

Research Interests

Most of the research interest in the past years have been in developing a marketable filtering system to remove toxic metals from contaminated air and water streams. This filter uses natural fibers and specific metallic nano particles to capture mercury to copper, cadmium and other heavy metals from water and air streams. This patented system is currently being explored for its commercial viability. In addition, research in the areas of water treatment including desalination, treating of produced water, removal of radioactive materials from water and removing pharmaceutical and personal products from waste water.

Non-Research Academic Interests

Has been involved with professional organizations like American Academy of Environmental Engineers and scientists (AAEE&S), Air and Waste management Association. Has been a licensed professional Engineer in Environmental Engineering in the State of Montana. Also is a board certified environmental engineer by the AAEE&S. Served as ABET accreditation evaluator for the past several years.

Selected Honors & Awards

  • 2011 Air and Waste Management Associations “Environmental Engineering Educator Award”
  • 2010: Received Patent for Mercury Control Device for Coal fired Power Plant flue gases; Patent # 7,314,507 B1; issued January 2010
  • 2008 Outstanding Faculty Achievement Award, Montana Tech of the University of Montana
  • 2007 Robert Stockman Distinguished Achievement Award by the Air and waste Management Association of the Pacific Northwest International Section for outstanding achievement in air quality engineering
  • 2003 Distinguished Researcher Award - Montana Tech of the University of Montana; 2000 – Current: BCEE ;2000 – Faculty Achievement Award- Montana Tech of The University of Montana; 1998-Continuing, Registered Professional Engineer in Environmental Engineering (P.E.) in Montana.1995-Continuing, First one in Montana to be certified as QEP under the IPEP. 1994, Fall – Recipient of Faculty Science and Technology Fellowship (STF) from USAID ( Washington DC) to conduct collaborative research with Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai, India. 1991 – 1994, Summer – Recipient of DOE Faculty Summer Research Fellowship, Battelle, Richland, Washington State. 1992 – 1993 – Recipient of Faculty Achievement Award for Teaching and Research, Montana Tech of The University of Montana. 1989 – 1996 – Recipient and Participant of National Science Foundation funded Faculty Enhancement Program.

Career in Brief

  • 1996 – Present: Professor and Head, Department of Environmental Engineering, Montana Tech of The University of Montana
  • 1999 - Present: Montana Director for the US EPA-EPSCoR program and the Center for Environmental Remediation and Assessment (CERA)
  • 1998 - Present: Director, Web based Masters in Project Engineering and Management (MPEM) program
  • 2002 - Present: Director, Biomedical Engineering Initiative
  • 2003 - Present: President, Global Engineering and Technology PLLC
  • 2003 - Present: Expert Scientist in Environmental Engineering and Science for Law Firms
    1. Lewis, Slovak, & Kovacich, PC, Great Falls Montana
    2. The Hannon Law firm, Denver, Colorado
    3. Henningsen, Vucurovich & Richardson PC, Butte, Montana
    4. McGarvey, Heberling, Sullivan, and McGarvey PC, Kalispell, Montana
  • 1992 – Continuing: Peer Review member of research proposals for the US EPA – Dr. Don Tang (US EPA)
  • 1992 – 1996: Professor, Environmental Engineering Department, Montana Tech of The University of Montana
  • 1989 - 1990: Senior Air Quality Engineer, Santana Barbara Air Pollution Control District, California
  • 1987 – 1989 and 1990-1992: Associate Professor, Environmental Engineering Department, Montana Tech of The University of Montana
  • 1983 – 1987: Assistant Professor, Environmental Engineering Department, Montana Tech of The University of Montana
  • 1981 - 1983: Senior Air Quality Engineer, ERT Inc., Research Consulting Company, Newbury Park, California (presently ENSR)

Courses Taught

  • Air Pollution Engineering Control I and II
  • Senior Capstone Design
  • Undergraduate Seminar
  • Graduate Seminar for Engineering students
  • Energy technologies
  • Energy and Sustainability

Selected Publications

Air Toxics: problems and Solutions, Main editor, Published by Gordon and Breach Publishers

Co- Author: “Pollution Prevention Engineering” Lewis Publications, 1999.

Editor “Air Toxics: Problems and Solutions”, Gordon and Breach Publishers, 1996

Participating Author: “Hazardous Waste Incineration: Workbook”, McGraw-Hill Publishers, 1992

Participating Author: “Environmental Management”, published, Summer, 1997

Participating Author: “Pollution Prevention Problems and Solutions”, Gordon and Breach Publishers, 1994

Personal Interests

Camping, hiking, bicycling, travelling