Murdoch announces new Chair of Desalination and Water Treatment December 1, 2014 Murdoch University’s School of Engineering and Information Technology has appointed an internationally recognised desalination expert who will boost research activity at the National Centre for Excellence in Desalination Australia (NCEDA). Professor Wendell Ela, who is currently the Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at the University of Arizona, will take up the post of Professor of Desalination and Water Treatment in January 2015. Professor Ela’s teaching and research focuses on water quality management in particular heavy metals release and removal, organics characterisations and fate in natural and engineering systems, integration of renewable energy into water treatment processes and development and analysis of innovative purification systems for water contaminants. Professor Ela said he his new position will be integral to desalination and water purification research and technology development. “The longer I am involved in this arena, the more I see the challenges facing water supply internationally, the more I am convinced that there is a tremendous opportunity now to integrate and better focus our efforts as well as to break exciting new ground,” Professor Ela said. “This spans the whole spectrum from the most to the least developed countries and the need is urgent.” Dean of the School of Engineering and Information Technology, Professor Bogdan Dlugogorski said he was pleased to welcome such an accomplished academic and that his appointment would strengthen Murdoch’s reputation as a research intensive University. “Earlier this year, Professor Ela was the Fulbright Professor of Civil and Water Engineering at the National University of Science and Technology in Zimbabwe,” Professor Dlugogorski said. “During this time he prepared a proposal to establish a graduate environmental engineering program with a Sub-Saharan Africa regional water emphasis. “Professor Ela is widely published and is co-author of one of the top three most widely used textbooks in environmental engineering: Introduction to Environmental Engineering and Science.” “He is highly regarded and routinely serves on expert panels, advisory boards, and review panels” Professor Ela has been a member of Chemical and Environmental Engineering academic staff at The University of Arizona since earning his doctorate from Stanford University in 1998. Print This Post Media contact: Hayley Mayne Tel: (08) 9360 2491 | Mobile: 0400 297 221 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Categories: General, Teaching and Learning, Future Students, International students, Research, School of Engineering and Energy Research, School of Engineering and Information Technology Tags: School of Engineering and Information Technology, bogdan dlugogorski, fullbright professor of civil and water engineering, national university of science and technology, natonal centre for desalination australia, professor of chemical and environmental engineering, professor of desalination ans water treatment, stanford university, university of arizona, wendell ela Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published. Thanks for commenting!