Anaerobic treatment short course REGISTRATION CLOSED

Anaerobic treatment of high-strength industrial wastes

September 10-11, 2014
Marquette University


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

Robert Rosdil SS
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
Click here for maps/directions.


(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 $119 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 10. 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. 10, 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
Kristina Ropella, Ph.D.,P.E.
Interim 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
Milwaukee, WI

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

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

10:30– 11:00 a.m. Break
11 – noon

Anaerobic Digestion in France and Europe –The Environmental Biotechnology Laboratory of INRA
Jean-Philippe Steyer, Ph.D.
Environmental Biotechnology Laboratory
French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) Narbonne, France

noon – 1:30 Lunch
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Innovation in Anaerobic Digestion: How Nature Could Inspire Us
Jean-Philippe Steyer, Ph.D.
Environmental Biotechnology Laboratory
French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA)
Narbonne, France

2:30 – 3:45 p.m. 

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

3:45 - 4 p.m. Break
4 – 4:30 p.m.

Biogas Code Compliance, Safety and Use
Ed Longhini
Applied Technologies Inc.
Brookfield, WI

4:30 - 5 p.m.

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

5 – 5:30 p.m. Travel to Anaerobic Membrane Digester Tour
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Refreshments and Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactor Tour
Sponsored by Natural System Utilities
Forrest County Potawatomi Community Renewable Energy Facility
1721 W. Canal Street, Milwaukee, WI 53233
(1.3 miles from Marquette University)

6:30 p.m. Adjourn

Thursday Sept. 11, 2014

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

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

9 – 9:30 a.m.

Toxicity in Anaerobic Bioprocesses
Chris Hatch
River Bend Labs
St. Charles, MO

9:30 – 10:15 a.m.

Case Study 1: High Solids Anaerobic Digestion and Composting in San Jose, CA
Joerge Blischke
ZeroWaste Energy, LLC
Lafayette, CA

10:15 – 10:30 a.m.


10:30 – 11 a.m.

Case Study 2: Startup and Operation of EGSB for Pulp Production
Jon Logan
Fox River Fiber
De Pere, WI

11-11:30 a.m.

Case Study 3: Anaerobic Co-Digestion and Energy Production at a Municipal Water/Resource Reclamation Facility
Jeremy Cramer
City of Stevens Point, WI

11:30 - noon Case Study 4: Optimizing Biogas Production from a Community Co-Digester
Paul Knowles, Ph.D
Natural System Utilities
Hillsborough, NJ
noon – 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 – 2 p.m.

Case Study 5: High Solids Digestion – A Class A Operation
Annette Berger
KB Bioenergy, Inc.
Akron, OH

2 - 2:30 p.m.

Case Study 6: A Private Approach to Co-Digestion
Dale Doerr
Harvest Power Orlando, LLC
Orlando, FL

2:30 - 2:45 p.m. Break
2:45 - 3:15 p.m. Relating Methanogen Community Structure and Anaerobic Digester Function
Kaushik Venkiteshwaran (Ph.D. student)
Marquette University
Milwaukee, WI
3:15 – 3:30 p.m. Closing Remarks
Dr. Daniel H. Zitomer, P.E.
Marquette University
Milwaukee, WI
3:30 p.m. Adjourn
4 - 5 p.m.

Tour of Marquette University Environmental Engineering Laboratory
Engineering Hall, Room 435
1637 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53233

Course speakers

Jean-Philippe Steyer, Ph.D
Jean-Philippe Steyer, Ph.D.

Jean-Philippe Steyer, Ph.D.
Dr. Jean-Philippe Steyer is Director of Research at the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA). He received his PhD degree in process control in 1991 and was awarded by the CNRS as the "best Ph.D. thesis in applied process control" that year. After completing a postdoctoral researcher position (“postdoc”) at Lehigh University, PA, USA, studying the coupling of kinetic and mixing models in bioreactors, he was hired at INRA where he developed advanced instrumentation, modeling and control of biological wastewater treatment processes in general and anaerobic digestion in particular. Over the last 20 years, he supervised 48 MSc and 22 PhD students together with 15 postdocs. He also participated in the writing of 15 books chapters and in more than 160 scientific papers in international journals. His current interests are the development of innovative anaerobic digestion processes, including coupling with microalgae, and development of mathematical models accounting for microbial ecology.

Since 2009, he has been Director of the Environmental Biotechnology Laboratory (LBE) of INRA in France (see INRA-LBE hosts approximately 120 people and including many international scholars (28 different nationalities over the last 5 years). INRA-LBE is also a strong interdisciplinary laboratory with researchers working in molecular microbiology, microbial ecology, biochemical engineering, process engineering, applied mathematics, life cycle assessment and technology transfer. The main field of application of INRA-LBE is based on the concept of the "Environmental Biorefinery” - towards the analysis/understanding/optimization of the production of high-value products (CH4, H2, biomolecules) from waste(water)s and under sanitary constraints (removal of micropollutants, pharmaceuticals and pathogens). In this framework, anaerobic digestion is a central issue. INRA-LBE has been working on these technologies for more than thirty years and is internationally recognized for its relevant scientific results. When searching on the Web Of ScienceSM for institutions/universities working on "anaerobic digestion", INRA-LBE is ranked first for the number of published scientific papers worldwide.

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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