Pavlostathis Named 2011 Fellow, Water Environment Federation

The School of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) proudly recognizes Dr. Spyros Pavlostathis, professor of environmental engineering, as Fellow of the Water Environment Federation (WEF). Dr. Dr. Spyros PavlostathisPavlostathis is one of seventeen members selected for this honor in the program's inaugural year. 

Approved by the Board of Trustees last July, the WEF Fellow Recognition program honors the professional achievements, stature, and contributions of WEF members to the water profession, recognizing various fields of water expertise. It not only recognizes professional accomplishments in the professional segments served by WEF, it also reinforces WEF's reputation as a valuable water quality resource, due in large part to the expertise of its diverse membership. Some areas of recognition include design, education, operations, regulation, research, and utility management/leadership.


Dr. Pavlostathis is recognized for his expertise in the areas of environmental biotechnology and bioprocess engineering for the remediation of contaminated natural systems and the treatment of municipal and industrial wastewater, as well as the kinetics and modeling of biotransformation and biotreatment processes. His recent work has focused on the bioavailability, fate and biotransformation of recalcitrant organic compounds, such as dyes, pesticides, antioxidants, disinfectants, and antibiotics; the biotransformation of emerging environmental contaminants, such as nitrosamines, and naphthenic acids; bioenergy and biofuels production from biomass and waste streams; as well as the development of halophilic and thermophilic microbial processes. 

Dr. Pavlostathis holds a Diploma in Agricultural Engineering from the Agricultural University of Athens, Greece, and he earned his MS and PhD degrees in Environmental Engineering from Cornell University. In addition, he is a Board Certified Environmental Engineer (BCEE) of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers.  

WEF President Jeanette Brown states, "We take a great deal of pride in the vast knowledge base of our members and in honor of that, felt it was very important to provide a distinguished recognition program.
We are very pleased to celebrate not only the personal achievements of this years' Fellows but also the invaluable role WEF has as a leading water quality organization."

A complete of the 2011 WEF Fellow recipients is available on line at: Recipients will be recognized during WEFTEC(r)-WEF's annual technical exhibition and conference on October 15-19 in Los Angeles, California.    

About WEF
Formed in 1928, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) is a not-for-profit technical and educational organization with 36,000 individual members and 75 affiliated Member Associations representing water quality professionals around the world. WEF and its Member Associations proudly work to achieve our mission of preserving and enhancing the global water environment. For additional information about WEF, visit: