Curriculum Vitae - Frank Huang, P.E.

Associate Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

New Mexico Tech, Socorro, NM  87801  USA

575-835-5592 (office), 505-366-1967 (cell), huang@nmt.edu

 

M.S. in Chemical Engineering, 2001, MIT, Cambridge, MA

Ph.D. and M.S. in Environmental Engineering, 1993/1989, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

 

BIOGRAPHIC SKETCH

Dr. Frank Huang obtained his Ph.D. in environmental engineering from Vanderbilt University in 1993.  He served as the Technical Assistant to the Director of the Gulf Coast Hazardous Substance Research Center in Beaumont, TX and the Technical Editor of the Journal of Waste Management for a year.  In 1994, he joined New Mexico Tech (NMT) as an assistant professor.  He is currently an associate professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and an adjunct professor in the Department of Petroleum & Chemical Engineering.  His research focuses on water treatment, wastewater reuse, and soil & groundwater remediation.  During his tenure at NMT, he established the graduate program in environmental engineering and was awarded grants and contracts of over $4,000,000.  In 2001 during his sabbatical leave, Dr. Huang worked at General Mills and Alkermes, and received his M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  From 2007 to 2008, he served as the Chief Engineer and Project Manager of ARS USA and was in charge of the design and construction of two 1-MGD water treatment plants for arsenic removal.  Since 2009, Dr. Huang also serves as the lead consultant for NASUS Water Technology LLC and Electro Purification LLC to develop innovative water treatment processes for commercialization.  Dr. Huang is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of New Mexico and a member of the New Mexico Wastewater Technical Advisory Committee appointed by the NM Secretary of Environment.  He also has served as a Session Chair of the 207th ACS National Meeting and a proposal/manuscript reviewer for STCU (Science and Technology Center in Ukraine), USDA, USEPA, DoD/AATDF, WRRI, ES&T, Biotechnology and Bioengineering, and Journal of Environmental Engineering. 

 

WORKING EXPERIENCE

Associate Professor (tenured)

Dept of Civil & Environmental Engineering, New Mexico Tech     1999-Present

-    Designed a pilot plant to study the occurrence and treatment of endocrine disrupting compounds (EDCs) in municipal wastewater

-    Designed pilot-scale and full-scale non-fouling filtration systems for wastewater reuse

-    Developed equitable resource commitment algorithm for watershed-based stormwater permits

-    Evaluated the economic sustainability of a cow manure-based biogas plant

-    Designed a photo-voltaic system for the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science

 

Lead Consultant for Research and development    

NASUS Water Technology LLC & Electro Purification LLC     2009-Present

-    Developed an innovative treatment process to remove selenium from oil refinery wastewater

-    Developed water formulation systems for designer chemical waterfloods used in EOR

 

Chief Engineer and Project Manager    

ARS USA     2007-2008

-    Designed two 1-MGD electro-coagulation plants for the removal of arsenic in water

-    Evaluated the removal of radium using sulfate impregnated cation exchange resin 

 

Assistant Professor    

Department of Mineral & Environmental Engineering, New Mexico Tech     1994-1999

-    Designed and constructed a photochemical bioreactor to remove H2S from sour gas

-    Evaluated the decomposition of sulfur odorants in groundwater using zero-valent iron

-    Studied the biotransformation of uranium-citrate complexes in unsaturated soils and its

implication for electrokinetic removal of uranium

-    Studied the cometabolism of carbon tetrachloride and nitrate by denitrifying bacteria

-    Researched the biotransformation of TCE and PCE in contaminated groundwater

-    Installed on-site wastewater treatment systems in the field and evaluated their performance

 

Technical Assistant to the Director    

Gulf Coast Hazardous Substance Research Center     1993-1994

-    Reviewed research proposals submitted to the center for funding

-    Interacted with universities, industries, and government agencies for research projects

-    Evaluated the feasibility of using reductive dechlorination and UV-peroxidation to remove

               chlorinated solvents in contaminated groundwater

 

Technical Editor    

Journal of Waste Management     1993-1994

-    Reviewed manuscripts submitted to the journal for technical content

-    Solicited reviewers for the manuscripts

 

PATENT

Huang, F.Y.C. and E.T. Vogler.  Method and Apparatus for Removing Selenium from Water.  U.S. Patent filed January 27, 2011, Application Number 13/015,552, Patent Pending.  

Huang, F.Y.C. and E.T. Vogler.  Method and Apparatus for Removing Selenium from Water.  U.S. Patent filed May 25, 2010, Application Number 12/787,035, Patent Pending.

Huang, F.Y.C., A. Polnicki, and V.G. Grafe. 2010.  Method and Apparatus for Decontamination of Fluid.  U.S. Patent 7,695,607 B2, filed April 5, 2006, and issued April 13, 2010.

 

Peer-Reviewed Publication

Huang, F. and S. Rogelj, "Mitigation of Membrane Biofouling by Harnessing Bacterial Cannibalism," USGS-WRRI Technical Completion Report No. 338, July 2007.

Huang, F.Y.C. and P. Natrajan, "Feasibility of natural zeolites to remove sodium from CBM produced water," Journal of Environmental Engineering, 132(12), 2006.

Huang, F.Y.C., R. Gundewar, D. Steed, and B. Loughridge, "Feasibility of Using Produced Water for Crosslinked Gel-Based Hydraulic Fracturing," SPE-94320-PP, Society of Petroleum Engineers, 2005.

Brady, P.V., C.F.J. Colon, G. Carr, and F.Y.C. Huang, "Soil Radionuclide Plumes," In Geochemistry of Soil Radionuclides, Soil Science Society of America, 2002.

Jhunjhunwala, M., C. Giurumescu, and F.Y.C. Huang, "In Vitro Release Method for Inhalation Aerosols Designed for Systemic Drug Absorption," a peer-reviewed report submitted to Alkermes, Inc., Cambridge, MA, 2001.

Chua, Y. and F.Y.C. Huang, "Marbit Addition Variation," a peer-reviewed report submitted to General Mills, Inc., Buffalo, NY, 2001.

Huang, F.Y.C., A. Colon, and B. Martens, "Particulate Adhesion Improvement," a peer-reviewed report submitted to General Mills, Inc., Albuquerque, NM, 2001.

Huang, F.Y.C., K.Y. Li and C.C. Liu, "Treatability Studies of Groundwater Contaminated with Bis(2-chloroethyl) Ether," Environmental Progress, 18(1):55-59, 1999.

Huang, F.Y.C., "Development of an Influent Flow Monitoring and Autosampling System for On-Site Wastewater Treatment Systems in Bernalillo County, NM," the Small Flow Journal, 5(1):12-19, 1999.

Huang, F.Y.C., P. Brady, E. Lindgren, and P. Guerra, "Biodegradation of Uranium-Citrate Complexes: Implications for Extraction of Uranium from Soils," Environmental Science & Technology, 32:379-382, 1998.

Huang, F.Y.C., "THT, Mercaptans and H2S Remediation," a peer-reviewed report submitted to Gaz de France, Paris, France, 1998.

Huang, F.Y.C., "A Literature Review of Alternative On-Site Liquid Waste Treatment and Disposal Systems," a peer-reviewed report submitted to the Bernalillo County Environmental Health Department, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1998.

Huang, F.Y.C., K.Y. Li, C.C. Liu, and Z.F. Liu, "Treatment of Groundwater Contaminated with Chlorinated Hydrocarbons," Chemical Oxidation: Technology for the Nineties, edited by W. Wesley Eckenfelder et al., Technomic Publishing Company, Inc., Lancaster, PA, 1997.

Li, K.Y., C.C. Liu, Q. Ni, Z.F. Liu, F.Y.C. Huang and J.A. Colapret, "Kinetic Study of UV Peroxidation of Bis(2-chloroethyl) Ether in Aqueous Solution," Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 34:1960-1968, 1995.

Bourne, J.R., J. Cantwell, A.J. Broderson, B. Antao, A. Koussis, and F.Y.C. Huang, "Intelligent Hypertutoring in Engineering," Academic Computing, September 1989.     

 

Technical Reports & Conference Papers

Vogler, E.T. and F.Y.C. Huang, "Selenium and Chloride Reduction from Oil Refinery Treated Wastewater Effluent," a final report submitted to the Frontier Oil Corporation, December 2010.

Huang, F.Y.C., "Operations and Maintenance Manual for ARS: Model CJ-170," submitted to the Town of Bernalillo, New Mexico, 2008.

Huang, F.Y.C., "Full-Scale Testing of the Global Filter System," a final report submitted to the New Mexico Environment Department, October 2007.

Huang, F.Y.C., "Pilot Testing of the Global Filtration System," a final report submitted to the New Mexico Environment Department, March 2007.

Jin, Y. and F.Y.C. Huang, "Construction of a UF/RO Membrane Reactor," In Proceedings of 1st Water Quality, Drought, Human Health & Engineering conference, Las Vegas, NV, 2006.

Huang, F.Y.C., "Arsenic Removal using Electro-coagulation," a series of reports submitted to ARS USA, 2005-2006.

Huang, F.Y.C. and S. Rogelj, "Mitigation of Biofouling in Membrane Processes," a report submitted to Sandia National Laboratories, 2005.

Huang, F.Y.C., "Toward Green Engineering: Multi-Functional Magnetic Nanoparticles for the Enhancement of Protein Bioprocessing," a final report submitted to DoE-WERC, 2005.

Huang, F.Y.C., R. Gundewar, D. Steed, and B. Loughridge, "Feasibility of Using Produced Water for Crosslinked Gel-Based Hydraulic Fracturing," In Proceedings of the 11th International Petroleum Environmental Conference, Albuquerque, NM, 2004.

Huang, F.Y.C. and J. Browning, "Oxygen Solubility in Perfluorocarbon Monolayer," a final report submitted to Los Alamos National Laboratory, 2004.

Huang, F.Y.C., "Waste-to-Resource Approach for Produced Water," a final report submitted to US EPA, 2004.

Huang, F.Y.C., The Impact of Cooling Water Pumping at the Sabinal Site on the Groundwater Levels in Surrounding Wells," a final report submitted to Cobisa Corp., Houston, TX, 2002.

Huang, F.Y.C., "Historical Case Analysis of 90Sr and 137Cs Plumes," a final report submitted to Sandia National Laboratories, New Mexico, 1999.

Huang, F.Y.C., "Impact of THT, Mercaptans, and H2S on Storage Operations," a final report submitted to the New Mexico Waste-Management Education & Research Consortium, 1997.

Huang, F.Y.C., P. Guerra, and W. Zachritz, "Influent Characterization of Alternative On-site Wastewater Treatment Systems in Bernalillo County, New Mexico", a final report submitted to the Environment Health Department of Bernalillo County, New Mexico, 1996.

Huang, F.Y.C. and W. Zachritz, "A Study Plan for Evaluation of On-site Wastewater Treatment and Disposal: Demonstration of Alternative Technologies", a final report submitted to the Environment Health Department of Bernalillo County, New Mexico, 1995.

 

PRESENTATIONS/SEMINARS

Huang, F.Y.C. and E.T. Vogler, "Selenium Removal from Oil Refinery Treated Wastewater Effluent," presented at the Frontier Oil Refinery, Cheyenne, Wyoming, 2011.

Huang, F.Y.C. and E.T. Vogler, "Selenium Removal from Oil Refinery Treated Wastewater Effluent," presented at the Frontier Oil Corporation Headquarter, Houston, Texas, December 2010.

Polo, C., F.Y.C. Huang, I. Ayan, "Batch Growth of Chlorella vulgaris in a 2 L Photobioreactor," presented at the Second Annual Global New Energy Summit, Santa Fe, New Mexico, March 2010.

Huang, F.Y.C., E.T. Vogler, and A. Robertson, "Electro-coagulation Treatment of Water Co-contaminated with As and F," presented at the 2009 RMSAWWA/RMWEA Joint Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico, September 2009.

Huang, F.Y.C., "Removal of As Using the Electro-coagulation Process," given at the National I-Lan University (invited), Taiwan, June 2009.

Huang, F.Y.C., "Membrane Fouling in RO Systems: Investigation and Mitigation," given at the Nanjing University of Technology (invited), Nanjing, PRC, May 2009

Huang, F.Y.C. and N. Barcena, "ARS Arsenic Mitigation Technology," presented at the 2008 EPA Science Forum's Environmental Technology Expo (invited), Washington D.C., May 2008.

Huang, F.Y.C., "Removal of Arsenic Using the ARS Process," presented at the New Mexico Rural Water Association 30th Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico, March 2008.

Huang, F.Y.C., "Removal of As Using the Electro-coagulation Process," given at the Environmental Science Program (invited), Department of Earth and Environmental Science, New Mexico Tech, November 2007.

Huang, F.Y.C., "Removal of As Using the Electro-coagulation Process," given at the Environmental Science & Engineering Ph.D. Program (invited), University of Texas at El Paso, April 2007.

Barcena, N., F.Y.C. Huang, and R. Narasimhan, "Arsenic Removal Systems - A Comprehensive Overview," given at the California Water Service Company (invited), March 2007.

Huang, F.Y.C. and S. Rogelj, "Enzymatic Inhibition of Biofilm Formation during Reverse Osmosis," presented at the Engineering Advances & Desalination panel (invited), 1st Water Quality, Drought, Human Health & Engineering conference, Las Vegas, NV, 2006.

Huang, F.Y.C. and S. Rogelj, "Mitigation of Biofouling in Membrane Processes," presented at the 17th Annual Rio Grande Symposium on Advanced Materials, Albuquerque, NM, 2005.

Hanson, A.T., F. Huang, and D. McQuillan, "Certification of Advanced Treatment Technologies for Use in New Mexico," presented at the 10th Biennial Southern Region Water Quality Conference, Lexington, KY, 2005

 

Rogelj S., T. McSherry, A.T. Zimmerly, D. Acosta, H. Tang, R. Derby, F. Huang, S. Shors, T. Kieft, "Mitigation of Biofouling using Bacitracin-derived Degradative Enzymes," 4th Annual BRIN Conference, Las Vegas, NM, May 2005.

 

 

Tang, H., R. Derby, F. Huang, T. Kieft, and S. Rogelj, "Enzymatic Degradation of Biofilms," 4th Annual BRIN Conference, Las Vegas, NM, May, 2005.

Huang, F.Y.C., R. Gundewar, D. Steed, and B. Loughridge, "Feasibility of Using Produced Water for Crosslinked Gel-Based Hydraulic Fracturing - Laboratory Study and Field Testing," presented at the SPE Production Operations Symposium, April 17-19, 2005 in Oklahoma City, OK.

Huang, F.Y.C. and S. Rogelj, "Mitigation of Biofouling in Membrane Processes," given at the Department of Chemistry (invited), University of Texas at El Paso, 2005.

Huang, F.Y.C., R. Gundewar, D. Steed, and B. Loughridge, "Feasibility of Using Produced Water for Crosslinked Gel-Based Hydraulic Fracturing," presented at the 11th International Petroleum Environmental Conference, October 12-15, 2004 in Albuquerque, NM.

Huang, F.Y.C., "Waste-to-Resource Approach for Produced Water," given at the Department of Environmental Engineering (invited), National I-Lan University, Taiwan, 2004.

Ito, A., F.Y.C. Huang, B. Deng, "Reduction of Co(III)-EDTA Coupled with Microbially Mediated Goethite Reduction," Interfacial Biogeochemistry, 226th ACS National Meeting, 2003.

Jhunjhunwala, M., C. Giurumescu, and F.Y.C. Huang, "In Vitro Release Method for Inhalation Aerosols Designed for Systemic Drug Absorption," Alkermes, Inc., Cambridge, MA, 2001.

Chua, Y. and F.Y.C. Huang, "Marbit Addition Variation," General Mills, Inc., Buffalo, NY, 2001.

Huang, F.Y.C., A. Colon, and B. Martens, "Particulate Adhesion Improvement," General Mills, Inc., Albuquerque, NM, 2001.

Huang, F.Y.C. and R.L. Lee, "Degradation of Ethyl Mercaptan in the Presence of Zero-Valence Iron," 4th Annual International Petroleum Environmental Conference, San Antonio, TX, 1997.

Huang, F.Y.C., R.L. Lee, B. Wear and P. Guerra, "Biodegradation of Tetrahydrothiophene and Mercaptans," 7th Annual West Coast Conference on Contaminated Soils and Groundwater, Oxnard, CA, 1997.

Huang, F.Y.C., "An Overview of Alternative On-site Wastewater Treatment and Disposal Systems," New Mexico Conference on the Environment, Albuquerque, NM, 1997.

Huang, F.Y.C., "Biological Removal of H2S from Natural Gas using Photosynthetic Bacteria," presented at the Department of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering (invited), New Mexico Tech, Socorro, NM, 1996.

Huang, F.Y.C., "Biodegradation of Uranium-citrate Complexes: Its Implication in In-situ Electrokinetic Extraction of Uranium," presented at the Department of Civil Engineering (invited), Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, 1996.

Guerra, P., F.Y.C. Huang and B. Wear, "Pilot Testing and Modeling for the Design of Air Sparging Systems for Remediation of Petroleum Hydrocarbon Contaminated Soil and Groundwater: Pilot Testing for Effective and Safe Remediation," Third Annual International Petroleum Environmental Conference, Albuquerque, NM, 1996.

Huang, F.Y.C., W. Zachritz and, C. Cates, "Alternative On-site Wastewater Treatment Technologies: A Demonstration Plan," New Mexico Conference on the Environment, Albuquerque, NM, 1996.

Huang, F.Y.C., "Biological Removal of H2S from Natural Gas using Photosynthetic Bacteria," presented at the Department of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering (invited), New Mexico Tech, Socorro, NM, 1996.

Huang, F.Y.C., "Biodegradation of Uranium-citrate Complexes," presented at the Department of Biology (invited), New Mexico Tech, Socorro, NM, 1995.

Huang, F.Y.C. and R.E. Speece, "Biotransformation of Carbon Tetrachloride and Chloroform in controlled Biofilms," the 5th Annual WERC Technology Development Conference, Las Cruces, NM, 1995.

Li, K.Y., C.C. Liu, Q. Ni, Z.F. Liu, F.Y.C. Huang, and J.A. Colapret, "Kinetic Study of Photo-oxidation of Bis(2-chloroethyl)ether in Aqueous Solution," Special Symposium - Emerging Technologies in Hazardous Waste Management, Atlanta, GA, 1994.

Huang, F.Y.C., K.Y. Li, C.C. Liu, and Z.F. Liu, "UV Peroxidation Process for Treatment of Groundwater Contaminated with Chlorinated Hydrocarbons," 207th ACS National Meeting on Remediation of Hazardous Waste Sites, San Diego, CA, 1994.

Huang, F.Y.C., K.Y. Li, C.C. Liu, Z.F. Liu, and P.H. Liu, "Treatment of Groundwater Contaminated with Bis(2-chloroethyl)ether," the 5th Annual West Coast Conference on Contaminated Soils and Groundwater, Long Beach, CA, 1994.

Speece, R.E. and Y.C. Huang, "Anaerobic process Treatment Alternatives," Second International Symposium - By Products from Biotechnology, Iowa State University, October 1991.

 

Funded pojects

Huang, F.Y.C. (Lead), S. Rogelj, C. Leclerc, and M. Riley, Osmotic Power Development, In New Mexico EPSCoR RII (Energize New Mexico), funded by National Science Foundation, 2013-2018, $1,575,000.

Lee, W.Y., S. Walker, M. Cox, and F.Y.C. Huang, Study of Removal of Contaminants of Emerging Concerns in Municipal Wastewater, funded by Interdisciplinary Research (IDR) Enhancement Program, University of Texas at El Paso, 2013, $20,000.

Huang, F.Y.C. and E.T. Vogler, A Pilot-Scale Study for the Removal of Selenium at Frontier Oil Refinery, funded by Frontier Oil Corporation, 2010, $180,000.

Vogler, E.T. and F.Y.C. Huang, Co-removal of Fluoride and Arsenic using the ARS Electro-coagulation Process - A Pilot Study, funded by the State of New Mexico, 2009, $28,900.  

Huang, F.Y.C. and S. Rogelj, Evaluation of Treatment Alternatives to Remove EDCs and PPCPs, funded by the State of New Mexico, 2007-2010, $357,962.

Huang, F.Y.C. and S. Rogelj, Mitigation of Biofouling in Membrane Processes, funded by Sandia National Labs, 2005-2007, $316,553.

Huang, F.Y.C. and S. Rogelj, Mitigation of Membrane Biofouling by Harnessing Bacterial Cannibalism, funded by USGS-WRRI, 2005-2007, $30,000.

Cal, M. and F.Y.C. Huang, Santa Fe County Lagoon Wastewater Improvements Project, funded by Global Filter, Inc., 2005-2007, $210,000.

Huang, F.Y.C., Waste-to-Resource Approach for Produced Water, funded by the US EPA, 2003-2004, $31,547.

Huang, F.Y.C. and J. Browning, Toward Green Engineering: Multi-Functional Magnetic Nanoparticles for the Enhancement of Protein Bioprocessing, funded by DoE-WERC, 2003-2004, $74,333.

Huang, F.Y.C., Synthesis of Multi-Functional Magnetic Nanoparticles for Bioprocessing, funded by DoE-WERC, 2003, $10,000.

Browning, J. and F.Y.C. Huang, Oxygen Solubility in Perfluorocarbon Monolayer, perfromed at Los Alamos National Labs, 2003, neutron beam time allocated.

Huang, F.Y.C., Arsenic Removal from Groundwater, funded by Sandia National Labs, 2003, $8,990.

Huang, F.Y.C., The Impact of Cooling Water Pumping at the Sabinal Site on the Groundwater Levels in Surrounding Wells, funded by Cobisa Corp, 2002, $3,300.

Deng, B. and F.Y.C. Huang, Reduction of Cobalt(III) in Subsurface Environments: Mineral Surface-Catalyzed versus Microbially Mediated Reactions, funded by Los Alamos National Labs, 2001-2002, $30,000.

Huang, F.Y.C., THT, Mercaptans, and H2S Remediations, funded by Gaz de France, 1996-1998, $95,000.

Huang, F.Y.C., W. Zachritz, Evaluation of On-site Wastewater Treatment: Demonstration of Alternative Technologies, funded by City of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County, New Mexico, 1996-1998, $267,846.

Lee, R. and F.Y.C. Huang, Impact of THT in Storage Operations, funded by Gaz de France, 1996-1998, $165,000.

Huang, F.Y.C., Impact of THT, Mercaptans, and H2S on Storage Operations, funded by DoE-WERC, 1996-1997, $21,480.

Huang, F.Y.C., Evaluation of Alternative Effluent Drainfields for On-Site Wastewater Treatment Systems, funded by Bernalillo County, New Mexico, 1996-1997, $29,338.

Huang, F.Y.C., Influent Characterization for Alternative Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems, funded by Bernalillo County, New Mexico, 1996, $23,594.

Huang, F.Y.C. and W. Zachritz, Development of a Study Plan for Evaluation of On-Site Wastewater Treatment and Disposal, funded by City of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County, NM, 1995, $29,529.

Huang, F.Y.C., Organically Enhanced In Situ Electrokinetic Removal of Uranium from Soils, funded by Sandia National Labs, 1994-1996, $105,000.

Huang, F.Y.C., Sequential Biological Treatment of Groundwater Contaminated with Carbon Tetrachloride and Nitrate, funded by DoE-WERC, 1994-1995, $57,855.

 

License and Award

Professional Engineer Registration #15793, State of New Mexico

Outstanding Faculty Award, the Symonds Family, 2013.

Distinguished Teaching Award, New Mexico Tech, 2012.

Recognized for "Contributions and Dedication to the Development of Petroleum Technology" by Halliburton Energy Services, 2006

Howard Stern Fellow, Department of Chemical Engineering, MIT, 2000

Committee & others

New Mexico Wastewater Technical Advisory Committee

New Mexico Water Reuse Committee

US EPA's SBIR Review Panel for In Situ Remediation

Item Writing & Standard Setting Committees for NCEES

Steering Committee for the International Association of Science & Technology for Development

Advisor of the NMT AWWA/WEA Student Chapter

NMT Representative for the implementation of MOU established between EPA, NMED, NMT

Session Chair of the 207th American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting

Expert Witness for the New Mexico Environment Improvement Board