Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

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Dr. Richard Watts



Professor

Phone: (509) 335-3761
FAX: (509) 335-7632
e-mail: rjwatts@wsu.edu

 

EDUCATION

  • Ph.D., Civil & Environmental Engineering, 1984-Utah State University
  • B.S., Environmental Toxicology, 1977 - University of California, Davis

REGISTRATION

  • Professional Civil Engineering, State of California, License No. C041234

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • 1997-present Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, WSU
  • 1990-97 Associate Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, WSU
  • 1985-90 Assistant Professor, University of Nevada
  • 1984-85 Environmental Engineer, Naval Energy and Environmental Support Activity
  • 1979-83 Research Assistant, Utah Water Research Laboratory, Utah State University

AWARDS

  • Outstanding Research Faculty, Civil & Environmental Engineering, 2008-09
  • Leon Luck Award, Civil & Environmental Engineering, WSU, 1995
  • Outstanding Research Faculty, Civil & Environmental Engineering, 1994
  • Outstanding Teaching Faculty, College of Engineering & Architecture, 1992
  • Award for Distinguished Service, ASCE, 1987
  • First Place, national Dissertation Competition, 1984
  • Special Recognition Award, Naval Energy & Environmental Support Activity, 1984
  • First Place, Utah Water Pollution Control Association Graduate Student Publication Contest, 1982, 1981
  • Outstanding Young Men in America, 1981
  • Who's Who in American Colleges and University, 1980

RESEARCH

  • Physicochemical treatment processes, particularly chemical oxidations applied to the treatment of contaminated soils and groundwater

TEACHING

  • Hazardous Waste Treatment and Remediation
  • Hazardous Waste Engineering
  • Environmental Organic Chemistry

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Mitchell, S. M., Ahmad, M., Teel, A. L., and Watts, R. J. 2013. Degradation of Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) by Reactive Species Generated through Catalyzed H2O2 Propagation Reactions. Environ. Sci. Technol. Lett. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/ez4000862.
  • Ahmad, M., Teel, A. L., and Watts, R. J. 2013. Mechanism of Persulfate Activation by Phenols. Environ. Sci. Technol. 47:58645871.
  • Ahmad, M., Teel, A. L., Furman, O., and Watts, R. J., 2012. Oxidative and Reductive Pathways in Iron-Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) Activated Persulfate Systems. J. Environ. Engr. 138:411418.
  • Furman, O., Teel, A. L., Ahmad, M., Merker, M. C., and Watts, R. J. 2011. Effect of Basicity on Persulfate Reactivity. J. Environ. Engr. 137:241247.
  • Furman, O., Teel, A. L., and Watts, R. J. 2010. Mechanism of Base Activation of Persulfate. Environ. Sci. Technol. 44:64236428.
  • Ahmad, M., Teel, A. L., and Watts, R. J. 2010. Persulfate Activation by Subsurface Minerals. J. Contam. Hydrol. 115:3445.
  • Furman, O., Teel, A. L., and Watts, R. J. 2010. Volume Reduction of Nonaqueous Media Contaminated with Polychlorinated Hydrophobic Organic Compounds Using Superoxide. J. Agric. Food Chem. 58:18381843
  • Furman, O., Laine, D. F., Blumenfeld, A., Teel, A. L., Shimizu, K., Cheng, I. F., and Watts, R. J. 2009. Enhanced Reactivity of Superoxide in Water-Solid Matrices. Environ. Sci. Technol. 43:15281533.

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