Dr. Bruce E. Rittmann

Dr. Rittmann is Regents’ Professor of Environmental Engineering and Director of the Biodesign SwetteCenter for Environmental Biotechnology at Arizona State University. He was born in St. Louis, MO, and received his BS in Civil Engineering and MS in Envionrmental and Sanitary Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis. He completed a PhD study at Stanford University with Dr. Perry McCarty. His research focuses on the science and engineering needed to “manage microbial communities to provide services to society.” Dr. Rittmann is a member of the National Academy of Engineering; a Fellow of AAAS, WEF, IWA, AEESP, and NAI; and a Distinguished Member of ASCE.  Dr. Rittmann was awarded the first Clarke Prize for Outstanding Achievements in Water Science and Technology from the NWRI, the Walter Huber Research Prize and the Simon FreeseAward from ASCE, the G.M. Fair Award from AAEES, and the Perry L. McCarty/AEESP Founders Award.  He is the co-winner of the 2018 Stockholm Water Prize.  Dr. Rittmann has published over 720 journal articles, books, and book chapters, and has 17 patents.  

Series presenters

  • 2023, Dr. Lutgarde Raskin, Altarum/ERIM Russell O’Neal Professor and Vernon L. Snoeyink Distinguished University Professor, the University of Michigan Ann Arbor