Jae K. Park

Professor

3230 Engineering Hall
1415 Engineering Drive
Madison, WI 53706

Ph: (608) 262-7247
Fax: (608) 262-5199
jkpark@wisc.edu


Profile Summary

We have developed an innovative technology to remove toxic compounds in landfills by replacing leachate collection system media with shredded tires that have been found to have significant capability for sorbing toxic compounds. We are investigating biochemical pathways to explain how phosphorus-accumulating organisms release and uptake phosphorus under anaerobic and aerobic conditions and to develop a simple technique to evaluate whether the wastewater of interest is suitable for biological phosphorus removal. We are developing a new biological phosphorus removal process for high phosphorus-bearing industrial wastewaters such as dairy wastewater. This new process will achieve an effluent phosphorus concentration of 100 mg-P/L. We are also developing new media to remove phosphorus, organic contaminants such as pesticides and halogenated aliphatics, and inorganic contaminants such as mercury, copper, and cadmium. These media will be used in a filtration system to treat storm water runoff or industrial wastewater. My research focuses on the biological treatment of toxic compounds in the environment and waste treatment processes, understanding of the biological phosphorus removal mechanism, development of new media forremoval of toxic compounds, and beneficial reuse of waste products.

Courses

Fall 2014-2015

  • CIVENGR 790 - Master\'s Research or Thesis
  • CIVENGR 890 - Pre-Dissertator\'s Research
  • CIVENGR 990 - Thesis
  • CIVENGR 999 - Advanced Independent Study
  • CIVENGR 299 - Independent Study
  • CIVENGR 428 - Water Treatment Plant Design
  • CIVENGR 522 - Hazardous Waste Management
  • CIVENGR 699 - Independent Study
  • CIVENGR 790 - Master\'s Research or Thesis
  • CIVENGR 890 - Pre-Dissertator\'s Research
  • CIVENGR 990 - Thesis
  • CIVENGR 999 - Advanced Independent Study
  • CIVENGR 489 - Honors in Research
  • CIVENGR 299 - Independent Study
  • CIVENGR 426 - Design of Wastewater Treatment Plants
  • CIVENGR 424 - Environmental Engineering Laboratory
  • CIVENGR 427 - Solid and Hazardous Wastes Engineering
  • CIVENGR 699 - Independent Study
  • CIVENGR 790 - Master\'s Research or Thesis
  • CIVENGR 890 - Pre-Dissertator\'s Research
  • CIVENGR 990 - Thesis
  • CIVENGR 999 - Advanced Independent Study
  • Profile Summary

    We have developed an innovative technology to remove toxic compounds in landfills by replacing leachate collection system media with shredded tires that have been found to have significant capability for sorbing toxic compounds. We are investigating biochemical pathways to explain how phosphorus-accumulating organisms release and uptake phosphorus under anaerobic and aerobic conditions and to develop a simple technique to evaluate whether the wastewater of interest is suitable for biological phosphorus removal. We are developing a new biological phosphorus removal process for high phosphorus-bearing industrial wastewaters such as dairy wastewater. This new process will achieve an effluent phosphorus concentration of 100 mg-P/L. We are also developing new media to remove phosphorus, organic contaminants such as pesticides and halogenated aliphatics, and inorganic contaminants such as mercury, copper, and cadmium. These media will be used in a filtration system to treat storm water runoff or industrial wastewater. My research focuses on the biological treatment of toxic compounds in the environment and waste treatment processes, understanding of the biological phosphorus removal mechanism, development of new media forremoval of toxic compounds, and beneficial reuse of waste products.


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