S. James Ellen Distinguished Professor of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering
North Carolina State University
Detlef Knappe is the S. James Ellen Distinguished Professor of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at NC State University, where he is also a member of the NIEHS-funded Center for Human Health and the Environment. After receiving his PhD in Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he joined the faculty at NC State University, where he has taught and conducted research for the last 23 years. Current efforts in the Knappe group focus on (1) developing and evaluating physical-chemical (and sometimes biological) treatment processes for the control of organic contaminants in drinking water, and (2) overcoming gaps between the Clean Water Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act by developing information about the effects of reactive and unregulated wastewater contaminants on drinking water quality and treatment. Detlef serves on the North Carolina Secretaries’ Science Advisory Board that was convened by the NC Departments of Environmental Quality and Health and Human Services, and, until recently, he served on the Drinking Water Committee of the EPA Science Advisory Board. He also serves as Trustee for the Water Science and Research Division of the American Water Works Association (AWWA), and he is a member of AWWA’s Organic Contaminants Research Committee and Activated Carbon Standards Committee.