Anaerobic Treatment Short Course

Anaerobic Treatment of High-Strength Industrial and Agricultural Wastes

Tuesday, Sept. 10 to Wednesday, Sept. 11

Alumni Memorial Union Building  
Marquette University 
1442 West Wisconsin Ave. 
Milwaukee, WI 53233

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.

Course size is limited to 80 attendees.

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

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).

Continuing education credits: 
Course attendees earn approximately 1.0 continuing education units or 10.75 PDHs for professional engineering continuing education requirements.

REGISTRATION FORM

Testimonials

"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

Dr. James Fields

Dr. James Field is a professor and assistant dean for graduate studies in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at the University of Arizona Tucson, AZ. He received his M.S. degree in Agromony from Virginia Tech and Ph.D. in Environmental Technology from Wageningen University, The Netherlands. He (co-)published over 200 scientific publications in peer reviewed journals. His research interests include biological treatment of contaminants in drinking water and wastewater treatment.

 

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.

Dr. Dan ZitomerProfessor and chair 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 30 years of experience consulting with entities such as CH2M, 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 the Water Environment Federation for outstanding service in engineering education. He presently teaches graduate classes on anaerobic biotechnology and biological wastewater treatment, and has performed research for the National Science Foundation, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, State of Wisconsin and others. 

Schedule

For more information on traveling to Marquette University, visit the general information page.

Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019

7:45 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.

Registration
Coffee, juice, muffins and bagels, etc.

8:15 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Introduction and Welcome
Kristina Ropella, Ph.D.
Opus Dean, Opus College of Engineering
Marquette University
Milwaukee, WI

8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Fundamentals of Anaerobic Treatment
Patrick McNamara, Ph.D.
Marquette University
Milwaukee, WI

9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

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

10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Break

11 a.m. to noon

Presentation to be announced
James Field, Ph.D.
University of Arizona
Chemical and Environmental Engineering
Tucson, AZ

Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Lunch

1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

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

2:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. 

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

3:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Break

3:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Biogas Quality and Conditioning
Ed Longhini
Applied Technologies, Inc.
Brookfield, WI

4:15 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

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

4:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.

Social Hour and Poster Session 

 

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

7:45 a.m. to 8 a.m.

Coffee, juice, muffins and bagels, etc.

8 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Presentation to be announced
James Field, Ph.D.
University of Arizona
Chemical and Environmental Engineering
Tucson, AZ

9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Process Start-Up, Monitoring and Control 
Jeffrey Mummert
M12 Operating Systems, LLC
 O’Fallon, MO

9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. 

Laboratory Testing to Monitor Your Digester
Daniel H. Zitomer, Ph.D., P.E.
Marquette University
Milwaukee, WI

10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Break

10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. 

Case Study 1: Sugar Beet Processing Wastewater Anaerobic Treatment 
Lauren LaCourse 
Michigan Sugar Co.
Bay City, MI

11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Case Study 3: Dairy Wastewater Anaerobic Treatment at Saputo Cheese 
Steve Nighbor
Saputo Cheese USA
Lincolnshire, IL

Noon to 1:30 p.m. 

Lunch

1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Case Study 4: Topic to be announced

2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Case Study 5: Anaerobic Treatment at Grasslands Dairy Products 
Jeremy Schiller
Grassland Dairy Products, Inc.
Greenwood, WI

2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Digestion of Bio-P Sludge: Caustic Pretreatment and Dewaterability 
Eileen Kennedy
MS Student
Marquette University
Milwaukee, WI 

3:15 p.m.

Adjourn

3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Post-course tour of Marquette University Environmental Engineering Laboratory
Engineering Hall, Room 435
1637 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53233

Registration & Cost

Course registration is limited to 80 attendees.

REGISTRATION FORM

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

(Student registration = $235) 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 = $800) Standard registration provides attendees with access to all lectures and exhibitor space, lunches and a copy of all course handout material.

(Exhibitor registration = $900) 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.

Lodging

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 $132 per night. You may make reservations by calling the DoubleTree Hotel Milwaukee City Centre at (414) 273-2950 or 1-800-222-TREE by Friday, Aug. 9 and use group code "DIG". To receive the conference rate, please refer to the "MU anaerobic digestion event."