Zhen (Jason) He, professor of energy, environmental & chemical engineering, has been named a Fellow of the International Water Association (IWA), the world’s largest water research society. He is one of 17 new fellows elected in 2020.

The fellowship recognizes the impact of internationally-recognized global water professionals on the profession and sector. Those chosen as Fellows have made outstanding contributions to the national and regional water sector, as well as to IWA and are recognized by their peers of their contributions to the sector and to the IWA. He’s initial appointment is for five years. IWA Fellows include Bruce Rittmann, who earned a BS/MS from WashU Engineering in 1974, is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the Regents' Professor of Environmental Engineering and Director of the Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology at the Biodesign Institute of Arizona State University.

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 of Water Environmental Research, co-editor of Journal of Hazardous Materials, and co-founding editor of Journal of Hazardous Materials Letters.

He earned a doctorate from Washington University in St. Louis; an MSc from Technical University of Denmark; and a bachelor’s degree from Tongji University in China, all in environmental engineering. He completed postdoctoral research at the University of Southern California.


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