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Civil Engineering


Mohamed Dahab, Ph.D., P.E.

Phone: 402-472-5020
Office: N104 SEC, Lincoln, NE 68588-6105

Research Areas: Sustainable systems for water quality improvement including biological treatment, nutrients removal; biosolids and energy management; water reuse; pollution prevention; and the use of natural systems for wastewater treatment.

Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Iowa State University
M.S., Civil Engineering, Iowa State University
B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Iowa

Selected Honors and Awards
  • Past-President of the Water Environment Federation - Served as President (2006-2007)
  • Past-Chair and member of the USA National Committee of the International Water Association (June 2008 - present).
  • Named People to People Citizen Ambassador Program Leader and invited to lead a delegation of Global Water Environment Ambassadors to the People’s Republic of China, (Nov. 2008).
  • Member of the Scientific Program Committee of the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and the World Water Week in Stockholm, 2008-2013.
  • Named Chair, U.S.A. Selection Committee of the Stockholm Junior Water Prize (2009-present).
  • Fulbright Research Scholar at the University of Agriculture and Natural Resources Sciences, (Universität für Bodenkultur-Wien ), Vienna, Austria, 1997.

Teaching Interests

Environmental Engineering Analysis and Design

Selected Publications

  • Aslan, S., Miller, L. and Dahab, M., 2008, "Ammonium oxidation via nitrite accumulation under limited oxygen concentration in sequencing batch reactors," Bioresource Technology, 100, 2, 559-664.
  • Rabah, F.K.J., M.F. Dahab, and T.C. Zhang, 2007, "Estimation of the intrinsic maximum substrate utilization rate using biofilm batch reactors: a proposed methodology," Water Environment Research, 79, 8, 887-892.
  • Zhang, T. C., M.F. Dahab, G. Nunes, C. Hu, and R. Surampalli, 2007, "Phosphorus fate and transport in soil columns loaded intermittently with influent of high phosphorus concentrations," Water Environment Research, 79, 11, 2343-2351.
  • Liu, W., M.F. Dahab, and R.Y. Surampalli, 2005, "Nitrogen transformations modeling in subsurface flow constructed wetlands," Water Environment Research, 77, 3, 246-258.
  • Rabah, F.K., M.F. Dahab, 2004, “Biofilm and biomass characteristics in high performance fluidized-bed biofilm reactors,” Water Research, 38, 19, 4262-4270.
  • Rabah, F.K., M.F. Dahab, 2004, “Nitrate removal characteristics of high performance fluidized-bed biofilm reactors,” Water Research, 38,17, 3719-3728.
  • Botrous, A.E.F., M.F. Dahab, and P. Miháltz, 2004, “Nitrification of high-strength ammonium wastewater by a fluidized-bed reactor,” Water Science and Technology, 49, 5-6, 65-71.