Commonwealth organization honors faculty member

A Penn State Harrisburg faculty member’s longstanding commitment to protect the Pennsylvania's water quality and resources has earned praise from a statewide organization.

The Pennsylvania Section of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) honored Yuefeng Xie, professor of environmental engineering, with a special recognition at its annual meeting in Pittsburgh for his “invaluable and consistent service” to the organization “by unselfishly sharing his knowledge in offering solutions to today’s environmental challenges.”

The Pennsylvania section of the AWWA consists of more than 2,500 members representing all classes of water utilities in the Commonwealth, including those owned by investors, authorities and municipalities, plus regulators, vendors, contractors and engineers. Created in 1948 and now with six Pennsylvania districts, the section is headquartered in New Cumberland.

A registered professional engineer and a faculty member of the School of Science, Engineering, and Technology since 1995, Xie has played a major role in the expanded environmental education and research at Penn State Harrisburg. In addition to his teaching and research in the undergraduate and graduate environmental engineering and graduate environmental pollution control programs, he served for a number of years as co-director of the Environmental Training Center (ETC) and the Small Public Water Systems Technology Assistance Center (SPWSTAC) on campus, supported by the state Department of Environmental Protection and the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

The main emphasis of both the ETC and SPWSTAC is to undertake research and assist the state’s water supply operators on a myriad of topics with more than 2,000 receiving instruction each year. The assistance provided to water supply operators is drawn from the college’s environmental faculty expertise and research, which often involves students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Penn State Harrisburg is the only college in the University’s system offering environmental engineering at the undergraduate level.

Among other honors presented to Xie for his teaching, research, and service have been the Penn State Harrisburg Excellence in Faculty Research Award and the Pa. Water Environment Association’s Professional Research Award. With more than 20 years of research experience in water and wastewater treatment, Xie’s work focuses on the area of water disinfection, disinfection byproduct control, water reuse, and acid mine abatement.

He authored a book, "Disinfection Byproducts in Drinking Water: Formation, Analysis, and Control," published by Lewis Publishers and co-edited a book, "Disinfection Byproducts in Drinking Water: Occurrence, Formation, Health Effects, and Control," published by the American Chemical Society. Xie was also the keynote speaker at the 2008 Canadian Drinking Water National Conference.

 

Last Updated November 18, 2010