Anaerobic Treatment of High-Strength Industrial and Agricultural Wastes

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 75 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.


"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. Jules van Lier

lJules van Lier

Dr. Jules van Lier is professor of WastewaterTreatment/Environmental Engineering in the Section of Sanitary Engineering at Delft University, The Netherlands. He received both his MSc and PhD from Wageningen University, The Netherlands, and specializes in Anaerobic Treatment technology. He (co-)published over 200 scientific publications in peer reviewed journals and over 400 publications in conference proceedings and scientific books since 1988. His research interest comprises the development of cost-effective technologies for wastewater treatment, recovering resources such as water, nutrients, biogas and other products from waste streams. His research projects are focused on closing water cycles in industries and sewage water recovery for irrigated agriculture.


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 23 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 & Location

The course will be held at:
Alumni Memorial Union Building  
Marquette University 
1442 West Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53233
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Tuesday Sept. 11, 2018

7:45 - 8:15 a.m.
Registration and Coffee, juice, muffins, bagels, etc.
8:15 - 8:30 a.m.

Introduction and Welcome
Kristina Ropella, Ph.D.
Opus Dean 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.
11:00 - 12:00 p.m.

Widening the Application Potentials for Energy and Water Recovery Using Advanced High-rate Reactors
Jules van Lier, Ph.D.
Delft University
Delft, The Netherlands

12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
1:30 – 2:45p.m.

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

2:45 – 3:15 p.m. 

Process Start-up, Monitoring and Control
Jeff Mummert
M12 Operating Systems .
O'Fallon, MO

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

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

4:15 - 4:45 p.m.

Case Study 1: Forrest County Potawatomi Community Renewable Energy Facility
Charlie Opferman
FCPC Renewable Generation, LLC
Milwaukee, WI

5:00 - 5:15 p.m.
Travel to Anaerobic Co-digester Tour (bus transportation provided)
5:15 - 6:15 p.m.

Anaerobic Co-Digester Tour
Forrest County Potawatomi Community Renewable Energy Facility
1721 W. Canal Street, Milwaukee, WI 53233 
(1.3 miles from Marquette University)

6:15 p.m.
Adjourn (Bus returns to Marquette University)

Wednesday Sept. 12, 2018

Time Event
7:45 - 8:00 a.m. Coffee, juice, muffins, etc.
8:00 - 8:45 a.m.

Case Study 2: Why Does my Anaerobic System Hate Me?
Jeff Mummert
M12 Operating Systems, LLC

O'Fallon, MO

8:45 - 9:15 a.m.

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

9:15 - 9:45 a.m.

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

9:45 - 10:15 a.m.


10:15 -11:00 a.m.

Case Study 3: Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactors: Lab Scale Research and Full Scale Experience
Dr. Jules van Lier
Delft University
Delft, The Netherlands

11:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Case Study 4: Anaerobic Treatment of Beverage Waste at City Brewing
Joel Kendhammer
City Brewing Company
La Crosse, WI

11:30 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Case Study 5: Anaerobic Treatment at Greenpac & Cascades Recycle Paper Mills
Michelle Hamm
Cascades Containerboard Packaging
Niagara Falls, NY

1:30 - 2:00 p.m

Case Study 6: Surfactant and QUAT Toxicity in Fluidized Bed Reactor
Megan Kaiser

Bells Brewery

Kalamazoo, MI

2:00 - 2:15 p.m.

Closing Remarks
Daniel H. Zitomer, Ph.D., P.E.
Marquette University
Milwaukee, WI

2:15 p.m. Adjourn
2:15 - 3:30 p.m.

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 120 attendees.

Course registration form

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

(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.


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 August 9th and use group code "MAD". To receive the conference rate, please refer to the Marquette anaerobic digestion course.

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