Seminar: Water Technology Innovation in Eastern Virginia

Tues, May 2 at 3:00 pm 
JHU Homewood campus - Ames Hall, Room 234
3400 N. Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21218

The JHU Department of Environmental Health and Engineering presents a seminar with Charles Bott, Director of Water Technology and Research, Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD) in Virginia. He will discuss HRSD’s vision for managed aquifer recharge in eastern Virginia, and the Sustainable Water Initiative for Tomorrow (SWIFT). 

Meet the Presenter

Charles Bott joined Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD) in 2009 and manages technology innovation for HRSD’s 13 wastewater treatment plants and collection system. Dr. Bott is also an Adjunct Professor in the Departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech and Old Dominion University. He was formerly an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) and a consulting engineer with Parsons Engineering Science.

Dr. Bott's technical interests include nutrient removal for both municipal and industrial wastewater treatment, as well as renewable energy generation in wastewater treatment and landfill applications. Dr. Bott also specializes in the treatment of unique chemical constituents in industrial wastewater applications by both physical-chemical and biological processes. He has specific expertise in the areas of chemical and biological phosphorus removal, denitrification with methanol and alternative carbon sources, nitrification kinetics and evaluation of nitrification inhibition, nutrient recovery, deammonification/anammox, and biogas conditioning.

Dr. Bott has held multiple leadership and committee roles within the Water Environment Federation (WEF) and served on numerous project oversight subcommittees for the Water Environment Research Foundation. His other professional affiliations include the International Water Association, where he has served as Secretary of the Nutrient Removal and Recovery Specialty Group. He also serves on the Science and Technical Advisory Committee to the Chesapeake Bay Program Executive Council. Dr. Bott has received the WEF Outstanding Young Professional Award and WEF’s Harrison Prescott Eddy Medal as well as the American Society for Engineering Education Southeastern Section Outstanding New Professor Award, the Virginia Tech Outstanding Young Alumni Award, the VMI Thomas Jefferson Teaching Award and the VMI Wilbur S. Hinman, Jr. ’26 Research Award.

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