Xie is 2014 recipient of the university-wide Faculty Outreach Award

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.  — Yuefeng Xie, professor of environmental engineering at Penn State, has received the 2014 Faculty Outreach Award.

The award honors faculty who have positively and substantially affected individuals, organizations or communities through problem solving or development as a result of extending their scholarship.

In 1998, Xie co-founded the Small Public Water Systems Technology Assistance Center and Environmental Training Center at Penn State. Since then, the center has trained thousands of professionals from small, often financially challenged, water systems in Pennsylvania. Many of these water system operators did not have college degrees and needed the training to pass required certification exams. Others needed technical assistance so their water systems could comply with health regulations. By offering these programs at Penn State campuses, approximately 90 percent of Pennsylvania water operators can attend the programs by driving less than 30 miles.

In addition, Xie has co-organized workshops at American Water Works Association conferences and taught workshops in Singapore, Canada and China. He wrote the book “Disinfection Byproducts in Drinking Water: Formation, Analysis and Control” and co-edited “Disinfection Byproducts in Drinking Water: Occurrence, Formation, Health Effects and Control” to provide water professionals with progressive information. He is working on a new book targeted toward operators of small water systems and entry-level water professionals.

“It is unusual for such important and valuable outreach contributions to be made on such a broad scale, ranging from local to state to international,” a nominator said.

In 2012, Xie was named a fellow of the International Water Association. He has received the Chinese government’s Thousand Talents Program Award, Pennsylvania American Water Works Association Special Recognition Award and Victor A. Appleyard Award, and Pennsylvania Water Environmental Association Professional Research Award. In 2010, he was a Fulbright Scholar (Visiting Fulbright Research Chair) in Canada.

The International Conference on Environment and Food Safety (Changzhou, China, May 16-17, 2014)




The International Conference on Environment and Food Safety will be held in Changzhou, China on May 16-17, 2014. The conference aims to cover all the aspects of environment, public health and food safety, and provide a valuable opportunity to gather researchers working in the field, share our latest research, and promote collaboration and discussion. For more information, http://www.capees.org/upload/ChangzhouConference.doc

 If you have any question, please feel free to contact Dr. Hao Tang at 612-584-1588 or tang@minnwater.com.

Tenure Track Position in Environmental Engineering at Georgia Southern University

Required Qualifications:
•           Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering and Ph.D. or D.Engr. in Civil Engineering or closely related field with an emphasis in Environmental Engineering (completed by August 1, 2014).
•           Effective English communication (oral and written).
•           Ability to develop and teach lectures and laboratories in Environmental Engineering at both undergraduate and graduate levels.
•           Demonstrated potential to conduct research in the appropriate field.
Preferred Qualifications:
•           Relevant industrial experience.
•           Licensed Professional Engineer.
•           Previous teaching experience at the university/college level.
•           Record of scholarship and participation in professional activities.
•           Ability to develop and teach existing and new Environmental Engineering courses and laboratories. Some of the existing Environmental courses in the department include: Introduction to Environmental Engineering, Introduction to Water & Wastewater Treatment, Advanced Water & Wastewater Treatment, Water Supply and Wastewater Collection Systems, Open Channels and Pumps, and Fluid Mechanics.
•           Experience with ABET accreditation and/or continuous quality improvement.
Screening of applications begins on December 1, 2013, and continues until the position is filled. The preferred position starting date is August 1, 2014.
Please direct questions to Prof. Fu.
George Yuzhu Fu, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Associate Professor in Environmental Engineering
Department of Civil Engineering and Construction Management
Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Information Technology
Georgia Southern University (GSU)
Statesboro, GA 30460-8077
201 COBA Drive, Building 232
P.O. Box 8077
Office: Room 1126, Engineering Building
Phone: 912-478-5003
Fax: 912-478-1885

Postdoctoral Project, Tsinghua University

Prof. Chao Chen’s lab at Tsinghua University is working on the water-related science, technology and management, especially on disinfection and disinfection by-products, PPCPs and other emerging contaminants, bio-stability and chemical stability (corrosion control) in distribution system, taste and odor control, emergency response for chemical spills, membrane technology. For PhD students, if you are willing to start your career in China or just want to taste this country for a couple of years, whether Chinese, American, European or other ethnics, please contact Prof. Chen directly. His email is chen_water@mail.tsinghua.edu.cn

  1. 1.      Project introduction

As one of the first units in China setting up postdoctoral research stations, Tsinghua University has recruited over 6,500 postdoctorals since 1986. Now, it has over 1,300 postdoctorals working in its 47 postdoctoral research stations, which cover almost all of its primary disciplines. The university recruits postdoctorals all the year round. Applicants may contact the recruiting units directly. For details of the posts available and the requirements, please click


In order to attract more excellent overseas doctors, Tsinghua University has developed a “Tsinghua University Postdoctoral Support Program.” Those covered by this program are entitled to receive from the university an extra annual allowance of 50,000 RMB in addition to their postdoctoral performance salary. For relevant details, please see Appendix 1, Implementing Methods of “Tsinghua University Postdoctoral Support Program”. Overseas doctors may also apply for National Postdoctoral International Exchange Program — Import Project. For details, please see Appendix 2.

  1. 2.      Application criteria

Anyone receiving his/her doctoral degree within two years, excellent in character and learning, healthy, below 40, and meeting the requirements for the posts available at the research stations (http://zhaopin.rsc.tsinghua.edu.cn) may apply.

  1. 3.      Application, examination, and approval

(1)                Applicants may apply online at Tsinghua University Postdoctoral Website: http://postdoctor.tsinghua.edu.cn.

(2)    The interview of the applicant by the relevant institute, department, or station.

(3)    The relevant institute, department, or station notifies the applicant who passed the interview to prepare application materials.

(4)    The relevant institute, department, or station submits the application materials to our university and the state for examination and approval.

(5)    The relevant institute, department, or station issues the admission letter to the successful applicant.

  1. 4.      Contact us

Postdoctoral Management Office of Personnel Division, Tsinghua University,

Beijing, China

Zip Code: 100084

Tel.: +86-10-62785765

Fax: +86-10-62788178

Email: qhbsh@tsinghua.edu.cn

Website: http://postdoctor.tsinghua.edu.cn