October 25-26, 2016

Emerging Contaminants in Water and Wastewater

Continuing education credits
12 PDHs for Professional Engineering continuing education requirements or 1.2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Course Speakers

Dr. Cliffor Crandall

Brian Weigel, PhD

Brian earned his MS and PhD in Zoology from UW – Madison largely by modeling stream and river macroinvertebrates to represent watershed health. He has been with WDNR since 1995, initially as a Research Scientist developing novel monitoring and assessment techniques related to nutrients, and recently as the Water Evaluation Section Chief. The section is responsible for developing water quality standards, assessing whether waterbodies are meeting their goals and, if not, developing restoration plans like Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDLs).  

Dr. Cliffor CrandallKyana Young, Ph.D.

Dr. Kyana Young is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Marquette University.  Her research focuses on water treatment and water quality, where her previous work has included water treatment technology projects in Haiti, Sierra Leone, China, and Hong Kong.  Dr. Young received her doctorate in Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. As a McNair Scholar, Dr. Young earned a National Science Foundation (NSF) fellowship from the East Asia Pacific Summer Institute, the NSF Integrative Graduate Education Research Traineeship Certificate for Humans and the Global Environment, as well as the NSF Graduate Engineering Research fellowship from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Dr. Young, is also co-chair of the Water and Health Committee with the American Public Health Association, and serves as an executive editor for the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization – Michigan State University Global Water Pathogen Project.

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Otto Schwake, PhD

Otto is a post-doctoral associate working with Dr. Marc Edwards at Virginia Tech. He earned is PhD in 2014 from Arizona State working with Dr. Morteza Abbaszadegan for his dissertation titled “Occorrence, Survival, and Characterization of Legionella in Water.” Otto has been very involved with the Flint water crisis where he has conducted research related to pathogens in their drinking water.




Dr. Cliffor Crandall

Usam Khan, PhD

Usman holds a PhD and a M. Eng. in Civil/Environmental Engineering from McGill University (Montreal, Canada). His B. Eng. in Chemical Engineering is also from McGill University. Usman’s PhD thesis was on the environmental and human-health risk assessment and treatment of emerging contaminants, including pharmaceuticals. He worked for Amec Foster Wheeler as a water/wastewater engineer for nearly four years. During his time with the firm, he developed expertise in the management and treatment of waters and wastewaters from various industrial and municipal operations. Currently, he is an ORISE fellow at the United States Food and Drug Administration’s (U.S. FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) located in Silver Spring, Maryland. With US FDA/CDER he is evaluating the impacts associated with the environmental release of various pharmaceutically active compounds and personal care products. Through his work experiences he has expertise in: water and wastewater treatment, development of environmental regulations and associated guidance documents, water quality and contaminant fate modeling, eco toxicological and human-health risk assessment, environmental monitoring and systems analysis.

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Andy Eaton, Ph.D.

Dr. Andy Eaton is Vice President and Technical Director for Eurofins Eaton Analytical (EEA), the country’s largest potable water testing lab.    Dr. Eaton received a PhD from Harvard in Marine Geochemistry and did Postdoctoral work at CalTech before joining what is now EEA more than 35 years ago.    He serves as a member of the Joint Editorial Board for Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater and is chair of the JAWWA Editorial Board.    He has more than 50 publications and presentations in the water analysis field.    He also serves on numerous industry, state, and federal committees dealing with various aspects of environmental analysis.    His focus at EEA has been on emerging contaminants and the nexus between analytical capabilities and regulatory needs.

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Virginia Yingling, M.S.

Virginia Yingling is a hydrogeologist in the Environmental Health Division of the Minnesota Department of Health and is the department’s lead investigator of poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs).  She holds a B.S. from the Pennsylvania State University and a M.S. from the University of Wyoming, both in geology, and has over 20 years of experience investigating contaminated groundwater sites in Minnesota.

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David Austin, P.E.

David Austin works for CH2M as the Global Technology Lead for Natural Treatment Systems. He is an environmental P.E. (MN), Certified Senior Ecologist (Ecological Society of America), and Certified Lake Manager (North American Lake Manager Society).  His project work concentrates on treatment wetland design, lake and reservoir water quality remediation, and mine reclamation.  Treatment wetland design includes industrial, municipal, and mine reclamation projects. Project locations include Australia, Brazil, Canada, England, Israel, Italy, New Zealand, United Arab Emirates, and many states in the USA.  He has authored 11 US wastewater patents and many conference and peer-review publications.  Degrees: B.A. Mathematics, UMN-Twin Cities (1984); M.S. Water Resources Management, UW-Madison (1993); M.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, UC-Davis (1996).  He is the 2015-2016 President of the American Ecological Engineering Society.

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Bryan Cody, Ph.D.

Dr. Bryan Coday joined Carollo Engineers in 2015, with nearly five years of research and development experience in innovative water and wastewater treatment processes. He received his MS in Environmental Science and Engineering and his Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. He has a passion for applying forward thinking water management practices and developing effective wastewater treatment solutions to maximize process performance. His professional experience includes wastewater process engineering, process performance evaluations and whole-plant modeling, pilot test development and deployment, and development of standard operating procedures for wastewater facilities throughout Colorado.

Dr. Cliffor CrandallTony Myers, P.E.

Tony is a vice president of CH2M HILL in Milwaukee, WI.  He received a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Michigan Technological University and a Masters degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Illinois.  He has been global technology leader for drinking water and involved in water treatment and reuse projects around the world. He has worked on over 100 water projects and specializes in treatment technologies to remove contaminants and provide safe drinking water.

Dr. Cliffor CrandallPatrick McNamara, Ph.D.

Professor of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, McNamara specializes in residuals and biosolids treatment and emerging contaminant research. He has been working in this field for 9 years having conducted research for the City of Austin, the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority, and the National Science Foundation. His research investigates new treatment technologies for removing emerging contaminants from wastewater and biosolids, and he presently teaches graduate courses on the environmental fate of organic contaminants, environmental chemistry, and water and wastewater treatment.



The course will be held at:
Raynor Memorial Libraries 
Marquette University 
1355 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53233
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Schedule (tentative)

Tuesday Oct. 25, 2016



8:30 a.m.

Registration and Coffee, juice, muffins, bagels etc.

9:00 a.m.

Welcome Remarks
Kris Ropella, Ph.D., P.E.
OPUS Dean of the College of Engineering 
Marquette University
Milwaukee, WI

9:05 a.m.

Short Course Overview and Introduction to Emerging Contaminants
Patrick J McNamara, Ph.D.
Marquette University

9:15-10:05 a.m.

Occurrence, Survival, and Characterization of Legionella in Water
Otto Schwake, Ph.D.
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA


Break for Networking and Coffee


Poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in Minnesota – Investigating, Regulating, and Evaluating Risk for a Chemical of Emerging Concern
Virginia Yinglin, M.S.
Minnesota Dept. of Health
St. Paul, MN

11:20-12:20 a.m.

A retrospective analysis of UCMR 3.    What did we really learn and are there useful lessons for the next round?
Andy Eaton, PhD
Eurofins Eaton Analytical
Monrovia, CA

12:20-1:00 pm



Greener Water Treatment and Emerging Contaminant Removal
Tony Myers, P.E.
CH2M Hill.
Milwaukee, WI

1:45-2:30 pm

Current regulatory and non-regulatory paradigms for management of CECs: Removal in conventional and advanced wastewater treatment
Bryan Cody, Ph.D.
Carollo Engineers, Inc.
Denver, CO


Afternoon Break

2:45-3:45 pm

List of Lists – Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products –  Is there an ideal list to look for?
Andy Eaton, PhD
Eurofins Eaton Analytical

3:45-4:30 p.m.

Risk-Based prioritization of pharmaceutically active compounds in the US Environment
Usman Khan, Ph.D (Ron Bloom and Jim Laurenson)
Office of Pharmaceutical Science, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, US Food and Drug Administration, Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education

4:30 p.m.

Discussion, Refreshments in Exhibitor Area, and Student Poster Session

5:30 p.m.



Wednesday Oct. 26, 2016



8:00 am

Coffee, juice, muffins, bagels etc. in Exhibitor Area


Emerging Contaminants in Biosolids: Impacts and Emerging Treatment Processes 
Patrick J McNamara, Ph.D.
Marquette University


The Current Outbreak of Elizabethkingia: Water Treatment Options to Address the Public Health Concern
Kyana Young, Ph.D.
Marquette University

9:30-10:15 a.m.

Update on Wisconsin’s phosphorus management efforts
Brian M. Weigel, Ph.D.
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

10:15 a.m.


10:30 a.m.

Oxidation, reduction, photolysis, and hydrodynamics: Emerging design practice in natural treatment systems to remove trace organics
David Austin, P.E.
CH2M Hill
Mendota Heights, MN

11:30-12:30 pm

Answering the Call: Research in Action for Flint, MI
Otto Schwake, Ph.D.
Virginia Tech

12:30 p.m.

Adjourn (Complimentary Lunch Offered)

Registration & Cost

To register, please use this registration link:http://ecww2016.eventbrite.com​. Please contact Dr. Patrick McNamara with any questions.

Dr. Patrick McNamara
Marquette University
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881
(phone) 414-288-2188
Fax: (414) 288-7521


Student registration = $100, student fellowships available. Student registration provides verified full-time college student attendees with access to all lectures and exhibitor space, lunches and a copy of all course handout material. Student's faculty advisers will be contacted to verify full-time enrollment in good standing. Please contact Dr. McNamara (patrick.mcnamara@mu.edu) about student fellowships to cover registration cost. 

Standard registration = $250* Standard registration provides attendees with access to all lectures and exhibitor space, lunches and a copy of all course handout material. 
*CSWEA members can register at a reduced rate of $200

Exhibitor registration = $350 This registration is for vendors and others interested in exhibiting their equipment and services in designated areas. Conference exhibitor registration provides one attendee with exhibitor space, access to all lectures and lunches, a copy of all course handout material, a five-foot standard table to display exhibits, and official recognition in course handout material as a course exhibitor.


Attendees must make lodging arrangements at the facility of their choice (registration does not include lodging). 

A limited block of rooms has been reserved at the DoubleTree Hotel Milwaukee City Centre, 611 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, WI., in connection with the course at a rate of $139 per night. You may make reservations by calling the DoubleTree Hotel Milwaukee City Centre at (414) 273-2950 or 1-800-222-TREE by September 26th. To receive the conference rate, please refer to MU Emerging Contaminants.

Sponsorship Levels

Thank you to our sponsors!

Gold Sponsor: Marquette University Water Quality Center


Gold Sponsor: Water Equipment and Policy I/UCRC Research Center


Gold Sponsorship - $1,500: Sponsorship includes registration for 5 members of the sponsoring organization, recognition as Gold Sponsor on slides posted at beginning of course, during breaks, lunch, and end of course, name on posters that recognize Gold sponsorship in break area, name on proceedings.

Silver Sponsorship - $1,000: Sponsorship includes registration for 2 members of sponsoring organization, recognition as Silver sponsor on slides posted at beginning of course, during breaks, lunch, and end of course, name on posters that recognize Silver sponsorship in break area, name on proceedings.

Bronze Sponsorship - $500: Sponsorship includes recognition as Bronze sponsor on slides posted at beginning of course, during breaks, lunch, and end of course, name on posters that recognize Bronze sponsorship in break area, name on proceedings.

Please contact Dr. McNamara if you are interested in sponsorship.

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Dr. Patrick McNamara
Marquette University
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881
Phone: (414) 288-2188
Fax: (414) 288-7521