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George Tchobanoglous, PhD, PE, NAE, BCEE , is a Professor Emeritus from University of California, DavisFor more than 35 years, wastewater expert George Tchobanoglous taught courses on water and wastewater treatment and solid waste management. He has authored or coauthored more than 550 publications, including 23 textbooks and eight engineering reference books.


Along with coauthors, he has written extensively on water reuse, including the textbook Water Reuse: Issues, Technologies, and Applications; the WateReuse report Direct Potable Reuse: A Path Forward; and the National Water Research Institute (NWRI) White Paper Direct Potable Reuse: Benefits for Public Water Supplies, Agriculture, the Environment, and Energy Conservation.


Tchobanoglous received the Clarke Prize from NWRI in 2003, was inducted into the National Academy of Engineers in 2004 and received an Honorary Doctor of Engineering degree from the Colorado School of Mines in 2005. In 2012, he received the first Excellence in Engineering Education Award from the American Academy of Environmental Engineers (AAEE) and AEESP. Tchobanoglous has a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of the Pacific, an MS in Sanitary Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and a PhD in Environmental Engineering from Stanford University.  

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