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Krishna R. Pagilla, Ph.D., P.E., B.C.E.E.

Professor, ENVE

Office: 

PH 234

Phone: 

312.567.5717

Fax: 

312.567.8874

Email: 

Education 

Registered Professional Engineer, California: C 52669 (Since 1994), Illinois: 062-054771 (Since 1996)
Ph.D., Civil/Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, CA (1994)
M.S., Civil/Environmental Engineering, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK (1989)
B.E., Civil Engineering, Osmania University, Hyderabad, India (1987)

Expertise 

Water and wastewater engineering, environmental microbiology, biological nutrient control, sludge treatment.

Research 

Professor Pagilla’s expertise is in water quality, wastewater/sludge treatment, and environmental biotechnology. His current research is in developing sustainable technologies for nitrogen and phosphorus control/recovery, bacterial hemoglobin technology for wastewater treatment and biofuel production, reactive filtration to prevent lake water pollution, and advancing anaerobic sludge digestion for energy production.

Professor Pagilla currently teaches courses in physicochemical and biochemical processes for water and wastewater treatment, design of treatment plants, environmental modeling, and chemical and biological aspects of environmental engineering.

Current Research Program/Projects

  • Reactive Stormwater Filter to Reduce Beach Water Pollution
    Student: Giri Prabhukumar (PhD), Renan Borelli (BS), Anna Kladzyk (BS)
    Funding: USEPA, Co-PI, $ 250K (Phase I) 2010-12 (with UIC); $750K (Phase II) 2012-14 (with UIC/CPD)
  • Enhanced Solids Contact Processes for Ultra Low Phosphorus Effluents
    Student: Chris Maher (MS)
    Funding: HDR/Water Environment Research Foundation, PI, $98K, 2011-13
  • Enhancing Bioethanol Production from Biomass using Bacterial Hemoglobin Technology
    Student: Marina Arnaldos (PhD)
    Funding: Wanger Institute for Sustainable Energy Research, Co-PI, $ 30K, 2010-12
  • Half Saturation Coefficient Effects on High Rate Processes for Achieving Low Effluent Concentrations
    Student: Andrew Shaw (PhD)
    Funding: Washington DC Water and Sewer Authority (PI), PI, $25K/Year (Continuous since 2009)
  • Mechanisms of Foaming, Effects, Prevention, and Control in Anaerobic Digestion
    Students: Gavi Subramanian (PhD)
    Funding: Water Environment Research Foundation, Hazen and Sawyer, Baxter and Woodman, MWRDGC, and others, PI, $350K, 2010-13

Selected Leadership Positions

  1. EditorWater Environment Research, Journal of Water Environment Federation (Since 2001)
  2. Vice-Chair (2012-16), USA National Committee, International Water Association
  3. Water Environment Federation
    • Technical Program Committee (1994-2002; 2007-present)
    • Steering Committee (1999-2002)
    • Nutrient Control Committee - Contributing Author and Reviewer
    • Municipal Wastewater Symposia - Vice-Chair(1997-99), Chair (1999-2002)
    • Research Symposia (2011-present)
    • WER Editor-in-Chief Search Committee (2010)
  4. President, Illinois Water Environment Association,2nd Vice-President (2008-09); 1st Vice-President (2009-10), President-Elect (2010-11) and Executive Board Member (Since 2008)

Awards 

I5S Golden Shovel – Illinois Water Environment Association

Bill Boyle Outstanding Educator of the Year, 2012, Central States WEA

Board Certified Environmental Engineer by Eminence, AAEES (Since 2012)

Harrison Prescott Eddy Medal (2011), Water Environment Federation

Excellence in Teaching and Service (2010-11), American Society of Civil Engineers-IIT Chapter

Fellow, International Water Association (Since 2010)

Fellow, Water Environment Federation (Since 2011)

Outstanding Student Organization Advisor Award (2007) for Engineers without Borders (IIT)

International Honor Award (2000), US Department of Agriculture

Engineering Award, California Water Environment Association, Sacramento (1994)

James McDonald Scholarship, Wilfred F. Langelier Scholarship, Robert C. Levy Fellowship, Percy H. McGauhey Scholarship, University of California, Berkeley (1989-91)

International Leadership Scholar, University of Oklahoma, Norman (1988-89)

Professional Society Memberships 

Publications 

lbuquerque, A., Makinia, J., Pagilla, K.R. (2012) Impact of Aeration Conditions on the Removal of Low Concentrations of Nitrogen in a Tertiary Partially Aerated Biological filter, Ecological Engineering, 44, 44-52.

Czerwionka, C., Makinia, Pagilla, K.R., Stensel, H.D. (2012) Characteristics and Fate of Organic Nitrogen in Biological Nutrient Removal Wastewater Treatment Plants, Water Res., 46(7), 2057-2066.

Arnaldos, M., Kunkel, S.A., Wang, J., Pagilla, K.R., Stark, B.C. (2012) Vitreoscilla Hemoglobin Enhances Ethanol Production by Escherichia coli in a Variety of Growth Media, Biomass and Bioenergy, 37, 1-8.

Lukicheva, I., Tian, G., Cox, A., Granato, T., and Pagilla, K.R. (2012) Effects of Lagooning on the Stability of Dewatered Biosolids, Water Env. Res., 84(1), 17-24.

Rassamee, V., Sattayatewa, C., Chandran, K., Pagilla, K.R. (2011) Effect of Oxic and Anoxic Conditions on Nitrous Oxide Emissions from Nitrification and Denitrification Processes, Biotechnology and Bioengineering, 108(9), 2036-2045.

Makinia, J., Pagilla, K.R., Czerwionka, K., Stensel, D. (2011) Modeling Organic Nitrogen Conversions in Activated Sludge Bioreactors, Water Sci. Tech., 63(7), 1418-1426.Sattayatewa, C., Arnaldos, M., and Pagilla, K.R. (2011) Measurement of Organic Nitrogen and Phosphorus Fractions at Very Low Concentrations in Wastewater Effluents, Water Env. Res., 83(8), 675-683.

Pagilla, K.R., Sattayatewa, C., Urgun-Demirtas, M., and Baek, S. (2011) Effect of Influent N Speciation on Organic Nitrogen Occurrence in Activated Sludge Process Effluents, Water Env. Res., 83(8), 761-766.

Stark, B.C., Dikshit, K.L., and Pagilla, K.R. (2011) Recent Advances in Understanding the Structure, Function, and Biotechnological Usefulness of the Hemoglobin from the Bacterium Vitreoscilla, Biotechnol. Letters, 33(9), 1705-1714.

Arnaldos, M., and Pagilla, K.R. (2010) Effluent Dissolved Organic Nitrogen and Soluble Phosphorus Removal by Enhanced Coagulation and Microfiltration, Water Res., 44(18), 5306-5315.

Sattayatewa, C., Pitt, P., Sharp, R., Pagilla, K.R. (2010) Fate of Organic Nitrogen in Four BNR Wastewater Treatment Plants, Water Env. Res., 82(12), 2306-2315.

Ahn, J., Kim, S., Katehis, D., Pagilla, K.R., Chandran, K. (2010) Spatial and Temporal Variability in N2O Generation and Emission from Full-Scale BNR and Non-BNR Processes, Water Env. Res., 82(12), 2362-2372.

Sanny, T., M. Arnaldos, S.A. Kunkel, K.R. Pagilla, and B.C. Stark (2010) "Engineering of Ethanolic E. coli with the Vitreoscilla Hemoglobin Gene Enhances Ethanol Production from both Glucose and Xylose." Appl. Microbiol. Biotechnol., 88, 1103-1112.

Ahn, J., Kim, S., Park, H., Rahm, B., Pagilla, K.R., Chandran, K. (2010) N2O Emissions from Activated Sludge Processes, 2008-2009: Results of a National Monitoring Survey in the United States, Environ. Sci. Technol., 44(12), 4505-4511.

Recent Peer-Reviewed Journal Papers

  1. Wang, T., Moschandreas, D.J., Sattayatewa, C., Venkatesan, D., Noll, K., and Pagilla, K.R. (2012) A Methodological Approach for Assessing Indoor Occupational Risk from Odor Perception, J. Risk Research, November, 1-17.
  2. Albuquerque, A., Makinia, J., Pagilla, K.R. (2012) Impact of Aeration Conditions on the Removal of Low Concentrations of Nitrogen in a Tertiary Partially Aerated Biological filter, Ecological Engineering, 44, 44-52.
  3. Czerwionka, C., Makinia, Pagilla, K.R., Stensel, H.D. (2012) Characteristics and Fate of Organic Nitrogen in Biological Nutrient Removal Wastewater Treatment Plants, Water Res., 46(7), 2057-2066.
  4. Sharma, M., O’Connell, S., Garelli, B., Sattayatewa, C., Moschandreas, D., Pagilla, K.R. (2012) Case Study of Odor and Indoor Air Quality Assessment in the Dewatering Building at the Stickney Water Reclamation Plant, Water Sci. and Tech., 65(4), 773-779.
  5. Arnaldos, M., Kunkel, S.A., Wang, J., Pagilla, K.R., Stark, B.C. (2012)Vitreoscilla Hemoglobin Enhances Ethanol Production by Escherichia coli in a Variety of Growth Media, Biomass and Bioenergy, 37, 1-8.
  6. Lukicheva, I., Tian, G., Cox, A., Granato, T., and Pagilla, K.R. (2012) Effects of Lagooning on the Stability of Dewatered Biosolids, Water Env. Res., 84(1), 17-24.
  7. Stark, B.C., Dikshit, K., and Pagilla, K.R. (2012) The Biochemistry ofVitreoscilla Hemoglobin, Computational and Structural Biology Journal, 3(4).
  8. Rassamee, V., Sattayatewa, C., Chandran, K., Pagilla, K.R. (2011) Effect of Oxic and Anoxic Conditions on Nitrous Oxide Emissions from Nitrification and Denitrification Processes, Biotechnology and Bioengineering, 108(9), 2036-2045.
  9. Makinia, J., Pagilla, K.R., Czerwionka, K., Stensel, D. (2011) Modeling Organic Nitrogen Conversions in Activated Sludge Bioreactors, Water Sci. Tech., 63(7), 1418-1426.
  10. Sattayatewa, C., Arnaldos, M., and Pagilla, K.R. (2011) Measurement of Organic Nitrogen and Phosphorus Fractions at Very Low Concentrations in Wastewater Effluents, Water Env. Res., 83(8), 675-683.