Michael Doran

Adjunct Professor

1218 Engineering Hall
1415 Engineering Drive
Madison, WI 53706

Ph: (608) 334-4810
mddoran@wisc.edu


Profile Summary

I believe that public policy for water quality protection must focus on the effective use of financial resources and that goal attainability and related cost-benefit must be principal factors in establishing criteria and standards. With respect to plant design, I promote a holistic materials-balance approach, considering the impacts of processes on other plant components, an understanding of the impacts of peak loading periods and their implications for design, effective plant hydraulic design, and process configuration and layout to facilitate meeting future capacity and treatment requirements. I am interested in planning, design and commissioning of water and wastewater engineering projects, focusing on selecting affordable and sustainable solutions to protect water and environmental resources.I emphasize the importance of data collection programs, pilot testing where appropriate, and evaluation of data to support design decisions.I believe that an additional significant component in providing affordable solutions is making the best use of existing facilities and incorporating them where possible into an effective upgraded system.

Education

  • BSME - University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • MSCEE - University of Wisconsin-Madison

Research Interests

  • Water and Wastewater Engineering
  • Unit Processes, Process Modeling and Plant Engineering
  • Biological Wastewater and Wastewater Residuals Treatment and Stabilization
  • Water Quality Management and Policy Development
  • Wet Weather Wastewater Management
  • Sustainability and Sustainable Practices
  • Environmental Economics

Publications

  • Contributing Author - Water Environment Federation, Design of Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plants, MOP/8, 1991 and 1998 eds. Contributing Author - Water Environment Federation, The Plant Manager\'s Handbook, 1993. Contributing Author - Water Environment Federation, Aerobic Fixed-Growth Reactors, 2000.
  • Numerous Technical Publications and Presentations in the areas of Wastewater Management and Water Quality.

Professional Practice Experience

My professional environmental engineering practice experience includes over forty years of professional engineering service to clients throughout North America.  Expertise demonstrated through delivery of successful projects includes water quality evaluation and planning,  troubleshooting of engineered systems, infrastructure planning and alternatives analysis, process and plant modeling and design, project management, inter-organizational project team leadership, utility customer service charge system development, training and facility startup and commissioning, and management consulting for governmental and inter-governmental units.  This extensive engineering practice experience is of direct benefit to students, particularly in design courses.

Courses

Summer 2016

  • CIVENGR 723 - Energy Principles of Environmental Engineering
  • CIVENGR 699 - Independent Study
  • GLE 790 - Master\'s Research or Thesis
  • Profile Summary

    I believe that public policy for water quality protection must focus on the effective use of financial resources and that goal attainability and related cost-benefit must be principal factors in establishing criteria and standards. With respect to plant design, I promote a holistic materials-balance approach, considering the impacts of processes on other plant components, an understanding of the impacts of peak loading periods and their implications for design, effective plant hydraulic design, and process configuration and layout to facilitate meeting future capacity and treatment requirements. I am interested in planning, design and commissioning of water and wastewater engineering projects, focusing on selecting affordable and sustainable solutions to protect water and environmental resources.I emphasize the importance of data collection programs, pilot testing where appropriate, and evaluation of data to support design decisions.I believe that an additional significant component in providing affordable solutions is making the best use of existing facilities and incorporating them where possible into an effective upgraded system.


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