Professor John Tobiason of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department will be gathering no moss on his sabbatical this fall. His itinerary includes two professional stops at Montana State University and the University of New South Wales (Australia) for collaborative research related to drinking water and wastewater treatment. Then he will top off those trips with a volunteer stint in Haiti at a hospital and community development organization, where he will help improve healthcare, drinking water, and sanitation.
Dr. Tobiason will be on sabbatical from his UMass teaching responsibilities for the entire fall semester of 2010. In September, he will collaborate with researchers in the Department of Civil Engineering and the Center for Biofilm Engineering at Montana State University in Bozeman. He’ll be working with Dr. Anne Camper regarding biofilms in media filters, membrane filters, and water distribution systems.
From mid-October through mid-November, Dr. Tobiason will be in Sydney, Australia, working with colleagues in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of New South Wales on membrane treatment technologies. He will cooperate with Dr. David Waite and others on aspects of membrane treatment for drinking water and wastewater reuse. He will also visit the membrane-production and R&D center at Siemens Water Process Technologies.
Finally, Tobiason and his spouse will volunteer from late November through mid-December at a hospital and community development organization, the CRUDEM Foundation, in Milot, Haiti. There he will focus on affordable, sustainable solutions for safe drinking water and sanitation in developing countries. (September 2010)