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Appointment of Civil Engineering Chair

January 27, 2010
Civil Engineering, Parks College News

John Woolschlager, Ph.D., selected to lead the new civil engineering department

woolT-y5qJohn Woolschlager, Ph.D. comes to SLU from Arizona State University, where he led the development of their civil engineering track that focused on sustainable land development in the context of an innovative and project-based undergraduate program.

Prior to joining ASU, he was one of two founding faculty of a new Civil Engineering program at the University of North Florida in the Fall of 2000. There he was instrumental in the development and accreditation of the undergraduate program, in hiring faculty, and in the designing labs and facilities. Additionally, he was involved in 2.5 million-dollars worth of applied research projects supporting over 12 undergraduate student research assistantships. He was honored with the Student’s Choice Professor award in 2004. Prior to becoming a faculty member, he worked as an engineering consultant in the areas of environmental systems analysis, environmental planning, and water resources engineering for Harza Consulting Engineers in Chicago and has experience working as an Aerospace Engineer at McDonnell Douglas in St. Louis.

His research involves developing computer models of biological, physical, and chemical processes simulating environmental systems and has been applied to drinking water quality and disinfection chemistry, water system optimization, and to the development of new types of environmental sensors.

He received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Environmental Engineering from Northwestern. 

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