Wendell Khunjar Named Applied Wastewater Research Director

(NEW YORK, NY – January 11, 2012) – Hazen and Sawyer today named Dr. Wendell Khunjar as Director of Applied Wastewater Research, a position in which he will help to coordinate research and implementation efforts in wastewater and water reuse. He has extensive research experience in biological nutrient removal systems and trace contaminants. Dr. Khunjar is currently the lead investigator for a Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) grant establishing a standardized protocol for assessing trace organic contaminant biodegradation.

Prior to joining Hazen and Sawyer, Dr. Khunjar worked with Drs. Kartik Chandran (Columbia University), Nancy Love (Virginia Tech), and Lutgarde Raskin (University of Michigan) on projects related to optimizing biological nitrogen removal systems, as well as the impact of heavy metal and trace organic stressors on these systems. At Columbia University, Dr. Khunjar was also the lead researcher on an emerging project that sought to produce biofuels via direct recycling of carbon dioxide using genetically-modified ammonia oxidizing bacteria.

Dr. Khunjar holds his Ph.D. and M.S. from Virginia Polytechic Institute and State University and his B.S. from Howard University.

Since our founding in 1951, Hazen and Sawyer has focused on two things: providing safe drinking water and controlling water pollution. Our range of services encompasses the planning, design, and construction management of water and wastewater-related projects – from clean water treatment, storage, and distribution to wastewater and stormwater collection, treatment, and reuse.

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