Zhen (Jason) He

Zhen (Jason) He

Laura and William Jens Professor of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering

Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering

  • Phone
  • Office
    Brauer Hall, Room 3023
  • Lab location
    Brauer 1041


PhD, environmental engineering, Washington University in St. Louis, 2007
MSc, environmental engineering, Technical University of Denmark, 2003
BS, environmental engineering, Tongji University, China, 2000


Using advanced technologies to recover valuable resources from wastewater


Jason He's research centers on environmental biotechnology, bioenergy production, biological wastewater treatment, resource recovery, bioelectrochemical systems, sustainable desalination technology, anaerobic digestion, forward osmosis and membrane bioreactors. He has received numerous awards for his scholarship, including being recognized as a highly cited researcher by Clarivate Analytics in 2018 and the Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize in 2018. He is editor-in-chief for both Journal of Hazardous Materials and Water Environmental Research.


He joins the McKelvey Engineering School from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), where he is a professor in the Charles E. Via, Jr., Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He joined Virginia Tech in 2013 as an associate professor and was named full professor in 2017. Previously, he was an assistant professor in the Department of Civil Engineering & Mechanics at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Southern California. He joined the faculty Jan. 2, 2020.

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