Anaerobic treatment short course

Anaerobic treatment of high-strength industrial wastes

September 4-5, 2013
Marquette University


"A good mix of textbook, research and practical presentations. I also enjoyed the networking and exchange of ideas."

Robert RosdilSS
Waste Treatment Specialist
Bush Brothers & Co.
Dandridge, Tenn.

“This course is an excellent way to jumpstart your knowledge.  My team already applied knowledge from the class to our recent wastewater plant startup.  Along with the technical knowledge, we also built valuable networking contacts from other industries.”  

Tom Murphy
Effluent Treatment Plant Manager
Liberty Paper
Becker, MN

Registration Form

To register fax, e-mail or mail the completed registration form to:

Dr. Daniel Zitomer
Marquette University
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881
(phone) 414-288-5733

The course will be held at:
Raynor Memorial Libraries
Marquette University
1355 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53233
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(Student registration = $230) 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.

(Standard registration = $775) Standard registration provides attendees with access to all lectures and exhibitor space, lunches and a copy of all course handout material.

(Exhibitor registration = $875) 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, Wis., in connection with the course at a rate of $113 per night. You may make reservations by calling the DoubleTree Hotel Milwaukee City Centre at (414) 273-2950 or 1-800-222-TREE by August 16. To receive the conference rate, please refer to the Marquette anaerobic digestion course.

Continuing education credits

Course attendees earn 1.2 continuing education units or 12 PDHs for professional engineering continuing education requirements.

About the course

If you deal with high-strength industrial wastes or are involved in operation and design of anaerobic treatment processes, this course is intended for you.

This short course has been designed to walk you through the processes of anaerobic treatment, from fundamental principles to case histories. The case history presentations will demonstrate anaerobic technologies in industrial settings and allow for questions regarding specific problems encountered and solutions developed.

Those attending will learn:

Who should attend:

Equipment, product and service provider exhibition:
Course attendees will have the opportunity to discuss specific equipment suppliers, component representatives, product suppliers and consultants. If your company is interested in acquiring an exhibition space to display and share your expertise during the course, please register as an exhibitor (exhibition space is limited).


Wednesday Sept. 4, 2013

Time Event
7:45 – 8:15 a.m. Registration and Coffee, juice, muffins, bagles, etc.
8:15 – 8:30 a.m. Introduction and Welcome
Robert Bishop, Ph.D.,P.E.
OPUS Dean of the College of Engineering
Marquette University
Milwaukee, WI
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Fundamentals of Anaerobic Treatment
Daniel H. Zitomer, Ph.D., P.E.
Marquette University

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Anaerobic Microbiology and Reactor Function
Daniel H. Zitomer, Ph.D., P.E.
Marquette University

10:30– 11:00 a.m. Break
11 – noon

Submerged Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactors: Promises and Problems
David C. Stuckey, Ph.D.
Imperial College
London, England

noon – 1:30 Lunch
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Recent Insights Into Submerged Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactors
David C. Stuckey, Ph.D.
Imperial College
London, England

2:30 – 4 p.m. 

Industrial Waste Treatment Technologies and Design
Dennis E. Totzke, P.E.
Applied Technologies, Inc.
Brookfield, WI

4 – 4:30 p.m.

Biogas Code Compliance, Safety and Use
Kevin Jankowski
Applied Technologies Inc.
Brookfield, Wis.

4:30 - 5 p.m.

Biogas Quality and Conditioning
Jan Scott and Dave Broihahn. P.E.
Unison Solutions Inc.
Dubuque, Iowa

5 – 6:00 p.m. Refreshments in Exhibitor Area
6:00 p.m. Adjourn

Thursday Sept. 5, 2013

Time Event
7:45 – 8:15 a.m. Coffee, juice, muffins, etc. in Exhibitor Area
8:15 – 9:00 a.m.

Process Start-Up, Monitoring and Control
Dennis Totzke
Applied Technologies, Inc.
Brookfield, WI

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.

Case Study 1: UASB Treatment of Sugar Beet Wastewater
Todd Maurice
Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative
Renville, MN

9:30 – 10 a.m. Break
10 – 10:30 a.m.

Case Study 2: Expanded Granular Sludge Bed Treatment of Fruit Processing Wastewater
Andrew Delgado
Total Process Systems
San Jose, CA

10:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Case Study 3:Regional Co-Digestion of Food Waste and Dairy Manure
Monte Lamer
Clear Horizons, LLC
Dane, WI

11:00-11:30 a.m. Panel Questions and Answer Session
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Lunch
1:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Modified Anaerobic Lagoon for Potato Processing Wastewater Treatment
Tucker Reeves
ConAgra Foods/ Lamb Weston
Delhi, LA

1:30 – 2:00 p.m.

Case Study 5:Application of Anaerobic Treatment in the Pulp and Paper Industry
Martin H. Tielbaarrd

2:00 - 2:30 p.m. Relating Methanogen Community Structure and Anaerobic Digester Function
Ben Bocher, Ph.D.
University of Wisconsin-Platteville
Platteville, WI
2:30 – 2:45 p.m. Closing Remarks
Dr. Daniel H. Zitomer, P.E.
Marquette University
2:45 Adjourn

Course speakers

David C. Stuckey, Ph.D.
David C. Stuckey, Ph.D.

Davis C. Stukey, Ph.D.
David Stuckey is currently a Professor in Biochemical Engineering in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London. He obtained his Batchelors degree in Chemical Engineering, and a Masters degree in Biochemical Engineering from the University of Melbourne, Australia. He then did his Ph.D in Environmental Engineering at Stanford in California with Prof Perry McCarty. Prof Stuckey has worked in Australia, the U.S., Norway (NTH/SINTEF in Trondheim), Switzerland (ETH/EAWAG in Zurich), and the U.K.(Uni of Sussex, and I.C.). His current research interests are in anaerobic wastewater treatment – development of a submerged anaerobic membrane bioreactor (SAMBR) and Anaerobic Baffled Reactor (ABR), treatment of highly saline wastewaters, production of soluble microbial products (SMPs) in anaerobic digestion, and the use of a “membrane aerated biofilm reactor (MABR)” to treat refractory organics. He has published over 150 technical papers, including the standard technique for evaluating Biological Methane Potential (BMP) and the Anaerobic Toxicity (ATA), and graduated over 90 PhD and MSc students. In 2008 he was awarded the prestigious Royal Society “Brian Mercer Award for Innovation” to pilot the SAMBR on sewage. Recently he was awarded the Royal Society of Chemistry “Sustainable Water” prize for his work in Anaerobic Digestion. He is on the Editorial Board of 4 Journals, and is a Visiting Professor at Nanyang Technical University (NTU) in Singapore.

Dennis E. Totzke, P.E.
Vice-President of Applied Technologies Inc. in Brookfield, Wis., Totzke received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and a master's degree in civil engineering from Marquette. He specializes in the evaluation and design of industrial processes and environmental management systems with nearly 30 years of experience with firms like Stroh Brewing, Oscar Mayer, Nestle, Borden's and Aldrich Chemical. Prior to forming Applied Technologies, Totzke worked for CH2M Hill and CRSS in various technical and management consultant roles.

Dr. Daniel H. Zitomer, P.E.
Professor of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering and director of the Water Quality Center at Marquette University, Zitomer specializes in wastewater treatment and anaerobic biotechnology. He has more than 16 years of experience consulting with entities such as Brown and Caldwell, United Water Services, Symbiont, and others. Zitomer has authored more than 30 journal articles, proceedings papers and technical reports. He received the 2008 Gordon Maskew Fair Distinguished Engineering Educator Medal from the Water Environment Federation for outstanding service in engineering education. He presently teaches graduate classes on anaerobic biotechnology, biological wastewater treatment and environmental chemistry, and has performed research for the National Science Foundation, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, State of Wisconsin and others.



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