John W. Norton, Jr., Ph.D.
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Conventional drinking-water supply systems treat
water at centralized treatment facilities and then distribute the water
though underground distribution networks to
industrial, commercial and residential end-users. A major drawback to this
approach is that water quality degradation can occur
within the distribution system (for instance, due to the formation of disinfection
byproducts). My research examines the financial and technical feasibility of
technology treatment units within a water distribution system to effectively
meet drinking-water goals. My current focus is a detailed analysis of
breakeven costs of the
distributed treatment unit approach. An important derivative work is the
global cost optimization of meeting a new treatment requirement (applicable
to developed nations) or constructing a new treatment facility (applicable
to developing/Third World countries).
Items to note:
Earned doctoral candidacy in April, 2004
and finished doctoral requirements March 1, 2006.
Professor Walter J. Weber, Jr., was my committee chair;
Considerable research proposal writing
experience, including my primary research support, a $91,000 project
funded by the National Water Research Institute (NWRI), website
here, and details
Five papers submitted from my current
research and more pending;
Award winning classroom instructor;
Phenomenal presenter and public speaker,
largest audience >1,500 at Buckeye Boys' State, 1986, largest technical
audience >750 (Keynote address) at the 2nd Civil Engineering Conference
in the Asian Region, Tokyo, 2001.
Application materials (in
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