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Environmental Engineer (Water, Wastewater and Groundwater)

Urbana, IL



  • Four years lab/field level PhD research on phosphorus and pharmaceuticals removal from wastewater.
  • Extensive modeling experience using BIOWIN, AQUASIM, LANDGEM, MODFLOW and MINEQL.
  • Strong leadership/teamwork skills: International EWB projects, WEF/CSWEA Design competition.
  • Excellent communication skills: Design report, Professional publication, Conference presentation.
  • Two years lab/field level MSc research on CH4 oxidation in landfill biocover to maximize energy.
  • Extensive research and report writing skill in bioreactor landfills and groundwater remediation.
  • Hands on experience of IR and Raman spectroscopy for environmental engineering applications.

Work Experience

Graduate Research Assistant/Academic Hourly for Dr. Rohit Bhargava

University of Illinois at Urbana, Champaign, Urbana, IL

Sep 2011Current

Hands on experience of IR and Raman spectroscopy for environmental and agricultural engineering applications.

Graduate Research Assistant (PhD) for Dr. Kevin T. Finneran

Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana, Champaign, Urbana, IL

Aug 2007Aug 2011

PhD Project: Phosphorus Removal in Anaerobic Wastewater Systems by Stimulating Fe (III) Reduction: Insoluble Mineral Precipitation (Vivianite)  
Research Project: RDX remediation from groundwater and sediment 
Applications: Design of Water and Wastewater Treatment Processes, Anaerobic Digester, Nutrient Removal, Treatment of Emerging Contaminants, Phosphorus and Energy Recovery (Struvite, Methane), Corrosion and Scaling, Groundwater Remediation Design etc.

Graduate Research Assistant for Dr. Morton A. Barlaz

Dept. of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

Aug 2005Aug 2007

Project: Oxidation of Methane in Landfill Covers: A Strategy to Maximize Energy Revenue


PhD in Environmental Engineering

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL


Masters of Science in Civil Engineering, Specialized in Water Resources and Environmental Eng

North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC


Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

Bangladesh University of Eng. and Technology


Additional Information


Proposal/Graduate Student Grant: Hossain Azam (PI), Pharmaceuticals Removal from Onsite Wastewater System, Development Proposal, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, 2010, $6000 (*Proposal was developed and written by me as extension of our project)

 Presented lectures and explained challenging quantitative, chemical and biological concepts to undergraduate/graduate students in UIUC: sizes ranging from 40 to 80 students

 Developed course content (lecture notes, PPT) for environmental engineering courses in UIUC (‘BIOWIN’ tutorial, Nitrification, AQUASIM modeling, Virus, Regulation of water and wastewater)

 Created ‘term project’, assignments; led field trips; conducted office hours, grading etc in UIUC

 Advised students personally to discuss course progress, future career plans and effective studying strategies in Bangladesh and in UIUC.

 Worked in different university committees in Bangladesh (Tender evaluation, J. editorial board etc)


Drinking Water Treatment and Case Histories
Solid & Hazardous Waste, Bioreactor Landfill
Environmental Organic Chemistry
Bioprocess Design and Wastewater Treatment
GW Hydraulics, Remediation Design
Modeling & Ana. of Env. Systems, Air Pollution

  • Azam, H and Finneran K. (2012). Ferric Iron Amendment Increases Fe(III)-Reducing Microbial Diversity and Carbon Oxidation in On-Site Wastewater Systems, Chemosphere (Accepted)
  • Azam, H and Finneran K. (2012). Fe(III) Reduction Mediated Increases in Phosphorus Precipitation in On-Site Wastewater Systems, Chemosphere (Submitted)
  • Azam, H; Schumerich, M; Chapara, V; Kull, L; Bradley, C; and Bhargava, R. (2012) Classification of Cell Types and Characterization of Root, Stem and Leave Tissue in SDS Infected Soybean Plant using ATR-FTIR Spectroscopy (Manuscript in progress)
  • Barlaz, M; Bareither,C; Azam, H; Saquing, J; Mezzari, I; Benson, C; Tolaymat, T; and Yazdani, R (2010) Performance of North American Bioreactor Landfills.II: Chemical and Biological Characteristics, J of Environmental Engineering, ASCE, August 10, Vol. 136, No. 8, pp 839 – 853
  • Ferdousi S., Azam H.M.M., Abdullah K. and Hossain M. M. (2005). Institutional Development and People’s Participation of the Catchment Area of Baggar Dona River. International River symposium 2005, Australia

CLASS PROJECTS (4 out of 9 projects)
  • Design Solution-Multiple US Water Facilities & Water Prob. of Developing Countries
  • Modeling of Phosphorus Removal from Retrofitted Wastewater Systems using CSTR,
Ideal Plug Flow and Axial Dispersion Reactor
  • Investigation of Site & Design of Ground Water Treatment System Using MODFLOW
  • Remediation Design for a Remediation Site, Indiana

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS (2 out of 5 presentations)
  • Poster Presentation on ‘Ferric Iron Amendment Increases Carbon Oxidation and Limits Methane Production in Onsite Wastewater (Septic Systems)’, WEFTEC, 2010, New Orleans, LA
  • Presentation and Design Report on ‘Retrofit of wastewater treatment plant for biological nitrogen removal’, Student Competition, WEFTEC, 2008, Chicago, IL


LandGEM, BioWin 3.0, AQUASIM, MODFlow
Arc GIS 9.0, Sigma Plot, AUTOCAD
MINEQL, ENVI, Andor Solis, LabVIEW

  • Member, Water Environment Federation, 2008 – present
  • Chair, Environmental Engineering Advisory Committee, Fall 2008-Fall 2009, UIUC
  • Member, Design Team, Metcalf and Eddy Design Competition on Wastewater, UIUC, Spring, 2008
  • Winner, Student Competition on Wastewater, CSWEA conference, 2008, Minneapolis, MN and Design Team Member, Student Design Competition, WEFTEC 2008
  • Team Member and Winner (2nd and 3rd) for Design of Water Filtration System for Developing and Water Treatment Systems in Developed Countries, UIUC Engineering Open House: 2008, 2009
  • Member of Engineers Without Borders (EWB)-NCSU and Worked in the “Bolivia Water Sanitation Project” and a Team Member of the First Assessment Trip on December 2006

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