Engineering class


Water Quality Center

Director: Daniel H. Zitomer, Ph.D., P.E.

The Water Quality Center brings together researchers, government, private foundations, industry and others to solve problems related to lake, river and groundwater quality. These problems often involve municipal wastewater, industrial wastewater, stormwater runoff and drinking water. Research is often multidisciplinary and is performed by experts from engineering, biological sciences, mathematics, statistics and computer science, and other disciplines.

The center maintains a 3,700-square-foot laboratory facility that includes instrumentation (gas chromatographs, high-pressure liquid chromatographs, ICP-MS, total organic carbon analyzers, etc.) and space for testing and research.

Zitomer Lab Group

Mayer Lab Group

McNamara Lab Group

Water Quality Center Facilities

The Marquette University Water Quality Center facilities include laboratories, computing resources and offices. The center laboratories, located in the Engineering Building, include more than 3,700 square feet of space and are equipped to perform physical, chemical and biological analyses of water, wastewater, soil and sludge. Examples of major equipment include environmental chambers, atomic adsorption spectrophotometers, gas chromatographs, ion chromatographs, a carbon analyzer, ICP-MS and equipment for performing bench- and pilot-scale investigations. The Center also has molecular biology equipment to characterize microbial cultures including thermocyclers, gel boxes, and gel imaging equipment. Other laboratories available within the university share the following: scanning and transmission electron microscopes, X-ray diffractometers, and facilities for fabricating and evaluating integrated circuits and sensors.

The center computing facilities are available for faculty and graduate student researchers. The facilities include five personal computers, three data acquisition systems for chromatographs and other equipment, and three printers, including a large-format (42-inch) color plotter for producing posters and other large works.

The Water Quality Center offices, located on the fourth floor of the Engineering Building, include the director, laboratory manager, and other faculty/graduate researcher offices.


Anaerobic Treatment Short Course

Anaerobic Treatment of High-Strength Industrial and Agricultural Wastes


September 10-11, 2014
Marquette University

If you deal with high-strength industrial wastes and need to find the most effective method to handle them, or are involved in operation or design of anaerobic treatment processes, this course is intended for you.

Sustainable Engineering Short Course

Is Net Positive Possible? Re-framing Sustainability

July 29-30, 2014
Marquette University
Engineering Hall

This course is intended for industry practitioners, academia, and municipal agencies interested in sustainable practices focused on the business of "Net Positive."

Emerging Contaminant Short Course

Emerging Contaminants in Water and Wastewater

October 21-22, 2014
Marquette University

If you work for a utility, government agency, consulting firm, or research entity and want to learn about emerging contaminants and regulations, communication with the public, and treatment through drinking water, wastewater, and biosolids plants this course is for you.


Contact us

College of Engineering
1515 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53233

Dean's office: (414) 288-6591
Prospective students: (414) 288-7302
Academic Advising Center: (414) 288-6000
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