Dr. Thomas F. Hess is currently a professor in the department of Biological & Agricultural Engineering. His engineering education was completed at the University of Colorado where he received a PhD in environmental engineering in 1990. He has previous academic experience at both Rutgers University and the University of Colorado in addition to ten years of consulting engineering experience in the western US. Dr. Hess' research expertise is in the field of bioremediation, specifically using combined chemical and biological processes to transform and detoxify organic, hazardous wastes. Additionally, he is actively involved in research on computer-assisted optimization of biological processes that employ various sophisticated mathematical algorithms. Dr Hess’ research funding has come from USEPA, US National Science Foundation, USDA, DOD, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (former DOE facility) and private industry. Dr. Hess teaches a variety of environmental engineering courses related to biological treatment of hazardous wastes and domestic wastes in addition to capstone design for all senior undergraduate engineers. Dr. Hess is a licensed professional engineer in both the States of Colorado and Idaho.