Water Expert David Sedlak to Present Distinguished Lecture Series at WTAMU

Feb. 6, 2018

CONTACT:    CONTACT: Nathan Howell, 806-651-2543, nhowell@wtamu.edu

Water Expert David Sedlak to Present Distinguished Lecture Series at WTAMU


CANYON, Texas—David Sedlak, professor of environmental engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, will speak at West Texas A&M University at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, at the Alumni Banquet Facility. Sedlak, author of WaDavid Sedlakter 4.0, will discuss the research preceding his book and his subsequent discoveries about the nation’s water system.

His presentation is sponsored in part by the Distinguished Lecture Series and is free and open to the public.

Sedlak earned a bachelor of science in environmental science from Cornell University in 1986 and a Ph.D. in water chemistry from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1992. Currently, Sedlak instructs both graduate and undergraduate students in environmental engineering, water quality engineering, environmental chemistry and ecological engineering. He also serves as lead graduate adviser for UC Berkeley’s environmental engineering program.

Over the past 22 years, Sedlak’s research has addressed the reuse of water, the treatment of municipal water and wastewater-derived contaminants. In 1996, Sedlak began developing methods of measuring steroid hormones in wastewater. With the help of his students, Sedlak has also studied various approaches for remediating contaminated soil and groundwater.

In addition to his research and other duties at UC Berkeley, Sedlak received recognition for giving a TED talk in which he discussed methods of avoiding catastrophic droughts. He also was featured on National Public Radio discussing how to fight drought by reusing water.

Sedlak has received recognition for his achievements, including being named the U.S. National Academy of Engineering Gilbreth Lecturer and a Fulbright Senior Scholar. He is the recipient of the Paul L. Busch Award from the Water Environment Research Foundation and the Athalie Richardson Irvine Clarke Prize for Excellence in Water Research.

For more information about Sedlak’s lecture, contact Dr. Nathan Howell at 806-651-2543 or visit wtamu.edu/about/distinguished-lecture-series.aspx.


About West Texas A&M University’s Distinguished Lecture Series

The Distinguished Lecture Series was created in 2007 to enhance student education. The mission of the DLS is to invite persons of national prominence to the WTAMU campus in order to expose students to experts and well-known speakers. DLS-funded events are free and open to the public.




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