Environmental engineer Bruce Logan elected to National Academy

February 07, 2013

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State environmental engineer Bruce Logan has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), the organization announced today (Feb. 7).

Logan is one of 69 new members and 11 foreign associates elected for 2013, bringing the total membership to 2,250 and foreign associates to 211.

Election to the NAE is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to engineering research, practice or education as well as pioneering new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education.

Logan, who is an Evan Pugh Professor, and the Stan and Flora Kappe Professor of Environmental Engineering at Penn State, was elected by the NAE for his work in microbial electrochemical technologies for wastewater treatment and sustainable energy generation. 

A member of the University faculty since 1997, Logan serves as director of the Penn State Hydrogen Energy Center, and the Engineering Energy and Environmental Institute.

His work focuses on the sustainability of the water infrastructure and the production of electricity and energy carriers, such as hydrogen, from waste biomass to help provide energy for the needs of water infrastructure. He specializes in microbial fuel cells, biological hydrogen production and new methods of renewable energy.

Logan is a fellow of the Water Environmental Federation and the International Water Association, and a former Fulbright Scholar and Leverhulme Fellow.

In 2009 he received the Athalie Richardson Irvine Clarke Prize, one of the most prestigious water prizes in the United States, for his research in water science and technologies. Logan was one of eight inaugural recipients of the Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award in 2005. His other awards include the inaugural Association of Environmental Engineering Professors' Malcolm Prinie Frontiers of Research Awards and the 2004 Paul L. Busch Award from the Water Environment Research Foundation Endowment for Innovation in Applied Water Quality Research.

Logan is a visiting professor at Tsinghua University and Harbin Institute of Technology in China, and Newcastle University in the United Kingdom. He is the International Francqui Chair at Ghent University in Belgium.

Logan is a Global Research Partner with the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia and one of 12 founding KAUST Investigators.

He holds a bachelor of science in chemical engineering and master of science in environmental engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He earned his doctorate in environmental engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.


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