Department of Systems Engineering & Management

Department of Systems Engineering & Management
AFIT Faculty: Willie F. Harper
CONTACT INFORMATION
Name: Willie F Harper
Title: Associate Professor
Commercial Phone: 937-255-3636 (4528)
DSN Phone: XX (4528)
EDUCATION

University of California, Berkeley

Doctor of Philosophy in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Spring 2002
Minor: Chemical Engineering and Microbiology
Area of Specialization: Water Quality Engineering. Thesis Topic: Enhanced Biological Phosphorus Removal. Advisor: David Jenkins, Ph.D.
 
Cornell University
Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering, May 1993
Area of Specialization: Water Quality Engineering. Design Project: Nitrogen Removal at the Fairfield Wastewater Treatment Plant. Advisor: Richard Dick, Ph.D.
 
University of California, Los Angeles

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, June 1992

RESEARCH INTERESTS

My research uses biotechnology for environmental applications related to water quality. Current projects focus on the biotransformation of organic chemicals, biosensing, and resource recovery.

EXPERTISE
  • ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING
  • ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY
  • ENVIRONMENTAL REMEDIATION
  • ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
  • ESTROGENS
  • WASTEWATER
PUBLICATIONS & RESEARCH PAPERS

Matthew K. Weschler, William J. Barr, Willie F. Harper, Amy E. Landis, Process energy comparison for the production and harvesting of algal biomass as a biofuel feedstock bioresource technology, In press, Bioresource Technology.

Feng, Y. and W.F. Harper, Jr. (2013). Biosensing with microbial fuel cells and artificial neural networks: Laboratory and Field Investigations. Journal of Environmental Management, Vol. 130, 369-374.

Cheng, W. and W.F. Harper, Jr. (2012). Chemical kinetics and interactions involved in Horseradish Peroxidase-mediated oxidative polymerization of phenolic compounds. Enzyme and Microbial Technology, Vol. 50(3), 204-208.

Larissa C. Parsley, Erin J. Consuegra, Kavita S. Kakirde, Andrew M. Land, Willie F. Harper, Jr., and Mark R. Liles (2010). Identification of diverse antimicrobial resistance determinants from an activated sludge microbial assemblage and encoded on bacterial, plasmid, and bacteriophage metagenomes. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, Vol. 76(11): 3553-3757.

 

 

AWARDS & HONORS

Fulbright Scholar Award, 2013

AFIT ENV Faculty Scholar of the Year, 2013

Pennsylvania Water Environment Association Professional Research Award, 2011
 
NSF Faculty Early CAREER Award, 2006
 
Fellow, National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science, 1992-93
 
Civil Engineering Honor Society (Chi Epsilon), 1991
COURSES

ENVR 645 (Water and wastewater treatment), ENVR 511 (Environmental policy), ENVR 625 (MIcrobiology)