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John Woolschlager, PhD

Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Civil Engineering
Saint Louis University

John Woolschlager is the founding Chair of a new Department of Civil Engineering that was started at Saint Louis University in the 2009/2010 academic year. Prior to joining Saint Louis University, Dr. Woolschlager was an Associate Professor at Arizona State University and at the University of North Florida. Dr. Woolschlager had been involved in over 3 million-dollars worth of collaborative research and engineering projects. Additionally, he was honored with the Student's Choice Professor Award in 2003/2004 and nominated for the Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award in 2004/2005. His research involves developing computer models environmental processes and systems. Some examples of his funded projects include the optimization of hydraulics and water quality in a large-scale urban drinking water system, the optimization of wastewater treatment plants to achieve nutrient reduction, drinking water quality analysis and disinfection chemistry, and regional sustainability issues. Prior to becoming a faculty member, Dr. Woolschlager worked as an engineering consultant in the areas of environmental systems analysis, environmental planning, and water resources engineering for Harza Environmental Services (HES), now part of MWH.

Areas of Research Interest:

  • Regional sustainability modeling
  • Engineering education (especially integration of sustainability topics)
  • Large scale environmental systems modeling and optimization
  • Engineering designs for people in developing nations
  • Drinking water quality and disinfection chemistry
  • Large-scale hydraulic systems optimization
  • Wastewater treatment optimization