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Dr. Bezbaruah

Dr. Eakalak Khan, P.E.
Director, Environmental & Conservation Sciences Graduate Program
Coordinator, ND EPSCoR "NATURE" Program

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Office: CIE 201
Telephone: (701) 231-7717
Fax: (701) 231-6185

Research Interests

  • Removal of Specific and Bulk Chemical Contaminants from Water and Wastewater Focusing on Process Development
  • Biodegradation of Organic Contaminants and Method Development for Measuring Biodegradability and Bioavailability of Bulk Contaminants in Water and Wastewater
  • Impact of Nanotechnology on Microbes and Bioprocesses
  • Fate and Transport of Contaminants in Environment
  • Stormwater Pollution Control

Selected Awards

  1. Odney Award for Excellence in Teaching, North Dakota State University, 2008 (university-wide teaching award given to one instructor per year)
  2. Teacher of the Year, College of Engineering and Architecture, North Dakota State University, 2007
  3. Researcher of the Year, College of Engineering and Architecture, North Dakota State University, 2005
  4. CAREER Award, National Science Foundation, 2005

Selected Grants

  1. Stagnant Flood Water Quality Improvement: Role of Sediment and Interactions between Effective Microorganisms and Indigenous Microorganisms, PI, National Science Foundation, February 2012 to December 2013, $60,000
  2. Mitigating Effect of Carbon Nanotubes on Bacterial Cells by Polymeric Entrapment, PI, National Science Foundation, May 2010 to April 2012, $60,000
  3. Source, Fate and Transport of Cryptosporidium in a Rural Midwestern Watershed, co-PI, United States Department of Agriculture, August 2008 to July 2011, $290,382
  4. Effects of Animal Manure Storage and Disposal on the Fate and Transport of Manure-Borne Hormones, co-PI, National Science Foundation, August 2007 to July 2010, $374,848
  5. Fate and Characteristics of Biodegradable Dissolved Organic Nitrogen in Treated Wastewater, PI, District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority, August 2007 to July 2008, $45,973
  6. CAREER: Integrated Interdisciplinary Nanotechnology Research and Education on Fundamentals and Applications of Cell Entrapment for Water Pollution Control, PI, National Science Foundation, July 2005 to June 2010, $400,023
  7. Stormwater Management Practices, PI when working at Polytechnic University/co-PI after moving to North Dakota State University, New York State Department of Transportation, January 2002 to December 2004, $283,026

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, California, 1997
  • M.S. in Civil Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, California, 1994
  • M.S. in Agricultural Engineering, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii, 1993
  • B.Eng. in Environmental Engineering, Chiang Mai University, Thailand, 1990

Recent Publications

  1. Wadhawan, T., Simsek, H., Kasi, M., Knutson, K., Prüβ, B., McEvoy, J., and Khan, E. (2014) Dissolved Organic Nitrogen and its Biodegradable Portion in a Water Treatment Plant with Ozone Oxidation. Accepted for Publication in Water Research.
  2. Siripattanakul-Ratpukdi, S., Ploychankul, C., Limpiyakorn, T., Vangnai, A., Rongsayamanont, C., and Khan, E. (2014) Mitigation of Nitrification Inhibition by Silver Nanoparticles Using Cell Entrapment Technique. Accepted for Publication in Journal of Nanoparticle Research.
  3. Kasi, M., Wadhawan, T., Simsek, H., McEvoy, J., Padmanabhan, G., Sletten, D., and Khan, E. (2013) Enricher Reactor - Permeable Reactive Biobarrier Approach for Removing a Mixture of Contaminants with Substrate Interactions. Bioresource Technology, 146, pp. 336-344.
  4. Bai, X., Casey, F., Hakk, H., DeSutter, T., Odour, P., and Khan, E. (2013) Dissipation and Transformation of 17β-Estradiol-17-Sulfate in Soil-Water Systems. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 260, pp.733-739.
  5. Simsek, H., Wadhawan, T., and Khan, E. (2013) Overlapping Photodegradable and Biodegradable Organic Nitrogen in Wastewater Effluents. Environmental Science and Technology, 47(13), pp. 7163-7170.

Visit Dr. Eakalak Khan's Curriculum Vita for additional information