Anaerobic Treatment Short Course 2023

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Synchronous In-Person and Online Options:

Anaerobic Treatment of High-Strength Industrial Wastes 2023 

September 12th and 13th, 2023 

Sept 12th, 8:45 am - 5:30 pm Central Time
Sept 13th, 8:45 am - 4:00 pm Central Time

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About the Course

The course will be offered both in-person and online via Microsoft Teams.

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.

Course size is limited to 250 attendees.



Raynor Memorial Library

Conference Center

1355 W. Wisconsin Ave.

Milwaukee, WI 53201

Online via Microsoft Teams



Hotel accommodations are the responsibility of the attendee. Registration does not include hotel. 

A block of rooms have been reserved at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, located on 611 W. Wisconsin Ave in Milwaukee, WI 53203. Make your reservation by referencing "MU Anaerobic Digestion" by August 12th, 2023 to receive a discounted room rate of $132.


Those attending will learn 

  • Anaerobic treatment fundamentals
  • Anaerobic microbiology fundamentals
  • When and how to use biogas
  • System configuration and technology selection
  • Design, construction and start-up guidelines
  • Options available for operating, monitoring and troubleshooting

Who should attend 

  • Plant managers and plant engineers
  • Environmental staff of companies that generate wastewater
  • Engineers involved with pretreatment of wastewater
  • Planners and designers of anaerobic processes
  • Engineers and plant operations personnel for municipalities
  • Graduate students in environmental science and engineering


Continuing education credits

Course attendees earn approximately 1.1 continuing education unit or 11 PDHs for professional engineering continuing education requirements.



"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 jump-start 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

Course Speakers

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

Professor and chair of civil, construction and environmental engineering and director of the Water Quality Center at Marquette University, Dr. Daniel Zitomer specializes in wastewater treatment and anaerobic biotechnology. He has more than 30 years of experience consulting with entities such as Jacobs, United Water Services, Liberty Paper and others. Zitomer has authored more than 100 journal articles, proceedings papers and technical reports. He received the 2008 Gordon Maskew Fair Distinguished Engineering Educator Medal from and is a Fellow of the Water Environment Federation for outstanding service in engineering education. He is Chair of the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering at Marquette University and presently teaches graduate classes on anaerobic biotechnology and biological wastewater treatment. He has performed research for the National Science Foundation, US Department of Energy, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, State of Wisconsin and others. 

Patrick McNamara, Ph.D., P.E.

Dr. Patrick McNamaraDr. Patrick McNamara is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering at Marquette University. His research focuses on antibiotic resistance in the engineered environment, treatment of micropollutants, and residuals and biosolids handling. He received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Marquette University (2006), M.S. in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering from University of Texas – Austin (2008), and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota (2012). He is an associate editor for the journal Biodegradation and serves as Chair for the AEESP Student Services Committee. He received the CSWEA Bill Boyle Outstanding Educator Award in 2018 and currently receives research funding from private foundations, utilities, and the NSF.  

V.P. Tale, Ph.D., P. E.

Dr. V. P. Tale specializes in biological wastewater treatment systems and anaerobic digestion. Dr. Tale is a licensed professional engineer registered in the Ontario province of Canada. He has worked as a Research Executive and Senior Scientist for biological waste treatment projects for large multinational corporations. Dr. Tale has been working in the anaerobic waste and wastewater treatment area for the past 20 years as a researcher, full-scale design engineer, and troubleshooting expert. In his current role with CRB Water, he works with numerous full-scale anaerobic reactors from varying industries such as pulp and paper manufacturing, agriculture, food, and beverage manufacturing, dairy and milk processing, ethanol manufacturing, chemical manufacturing, and others. Dr. Tale helps these reactors improve their efficiencies and reach their respective treatment goals. He earned his Ph.D. from Marquette University in 2010, and his research focused on improving anaerobic digestion process efficiency. 

Martin Tielbaard

Martin Tielbaard is an anaerobic wastewater treatment specialist (MSc) with > 30 years of experience in anaerobic treatment of pulp and paper, brewery, distillery, food processing and other effluents, including process design, construction, pilot testing, start-ups, troubleshooting, operation, maintenance, operator training and sales.  He has experience with design and operation of systems for pre- and post-treatment, biogas handling, hydrogen sulfide removal, plant performance optimization, chemical handling and safety. Martin has worked for Paques as process engineer from 1986-1993 in The Netherlands and 1993-2004 as technical manager in the USA.  He was team leader of a water recycling facility at a recycled paper mill from 2004-2013. In 2013, he founded ATProS Inc (Anaerobic treatment Process Services) which provides consulting services. He joined Paques again in 2015 as sales manager and lives in New York State. Martin Graduated in 1986 from the Agricultural University, Wageningen, The Netherlands with an MSc in Environmental Sciences specializing in anaerobic wastewater treatment.

Jeffrey Mummert

Vice President, MI2 Operating Systems

Jeff has more than 40 years of water, wastewater, and renewable energy operations experience. He has provided operations and technical support to food and beverage clients across the country, many of which included anaerobic processes. Jeff possesses operator licensing in multiple states. 




Chris Hatch

Christopher R Hatch P.E. is the Director of Biotechnologies and Engineering for Chemtron/Riverbend out of St. Charles MO.  Chris holds a BS in Civil Engineering with an Environmental Minor as well as a BS in Physics.  Chris has worked 26 years in industrial waste water treatment, starting at the City of Cedar Rapids Iowa, operating a 40 million gallon a day multi industrial aerobic facility with multiple treatment process types.  Later he managed the construction, startup and operations of one of North America’s largest Granular Anaerobic treatment facilities handling waste from a recycle paper mill and an enzyme factory.  Currently he leads a team of 9 waste water professionals troubleshooting and optimizing biological processes across North America. 


Kim Murdock-Timmerman

Kim Murdock-Timmerman is the media and gas testing specialist with Unison Solutions, Inc., based in Dubuque, Iowa. Kim has worked in the biogas industry for over 10 years and specializes in reducing the operating expenses of her client's biogas systems. She has a B.S. in Biology and Business Administration from Loras College, also in Dubuque. 




Tuesday, September 12, 2023

8:45 – 9:00      Introduction and Welcome

                        Daniel Zitomer, Ph.D., P.E. Professor & Chair of the Dept. of

                        Civil, Construction & Environmental Engineering,

                        Marquette University


9:00 – 10:00    Fundamentals of Anaerobic Treatment

                        Daniel Zitomer, Ph.D., P.E. Marquette University


10:00-10:15    Break


10:15-11:15    Anaerobic Microbiology and Reactor Function

                        Daniel H. Zitomer, Ph.D., P.E., Marquette University


11:15-12:00    Laboratory Testing to Monitor Your Digester

                       Patrick McNamara, Ph.D., P.E., Marquette University


12:00- 1:30     Lunch (Lunch provided for in-person attendees)


1:30-2:30        Industrial Waste Treatment Technologies

                       Martin Tielbaard, Consultant, Wilmington, DE


2:30-3:30        Industrial Waste Treatment Design

                        V.P. Tale, Ph.D., P.Eng., Chemtron/Riverbend, 

                        St. Charles, MO


3:30-3:45        Break


3:45 – 4:30      Process Start-Up, Monitoring and Control

                        Jeffrey Mummert, M12 Operating Systems, LLC, O’Fallon, MO


4:30-5:30        In-Person Networking Event (refreshments)


5:30                 Adjourn Day 1


Wednesday, September 13, 2023   

8:45 – 9:00      Welcome

                        Daniel Zitomer, Ph.D., P.E., Marquette University


9:00 – 9:45      Toxicity in Anaerobic Bioprocesses

                         Chris Hatch, Chemtron/Riverbend, St. Charles, MO


9:45-10:45      Biogas Code Compliance, Safety and Use

                        Ben Bocher, Ph.D., P.E., AmpAmericas, Chicago, IL


10:45-11:00     Break


11:00 – 11:30   Biogas Quality and Conditioning

                         Kim Murdock-Timmerman, Unison Solutions, Inc.

                         Dubuque, IA


11:30-12:00      Case Study 1


12:00-1:30      Lunch (Lunch provided for in-person attendees)


1:30-2:00        Case Study 2


2:00-2:30        Case Study 3


2:30-2:45        Break


2:45-3:15        Case Study 4


3:15-3:45         Case Study 5


3:45 – 4:00      Closing Remarks

                        Daniel H. Zitomer, Ph.D., P.E., Marquette University


4:00                 Adjourn

Registration & Cost

Register Here

For the amount, please enter one of the corresponding totals below:

In-Person (Standard): $950

Online (Standard): $450

Course registration is limited to 250 attendees. 

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

(Standard registration) Standard registration provides attendees with access to all lectures and a copy of all course handout material online.

(Discount Standard Registration for 3 or more registrants) Registration for three or more people from the same company receive this 20% discounted rate. Discount registrants receive access to all lectures and all class material online. Please contact Dr. Daniel Zitomer for discounts.