Emeritus Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, San Diego State University
Areas of Interest:
environmental engineering, waste disposal, water quality
Mirat D. Gurol is Emeritus Professor, San Diego State University. She was the Blasker Professor of
Environmental Engineering at San Diego State University, a position assumed in 1997 after serving
at Drexel University in Philadelphia for seventeen years as a faculty member in the Departments of
Civil and Chemical Engineering, and the School of Environmental Science, Engineering and Policy.
Dr. Gurol has received her degrees in Environmental Engineering and Sciences from the
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Ph.D, 1980; M.S., 1977), and
in Chemical Engineering from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara
Dr. Gurol's academic interest is focused on treatment technologies of
contaminated water, air and soil and of hazardous wastes. She teaches
graduate and undergraduate courses in Environmental Engineering Unit
Operations, Reaction Kinetics, Mass Transfer, Reactor Design,
Hazardous Waste Management, Remediation, Environmental Chemistry and
Transport of Environmental Pollutants. Her research efforts are concentrated
on ozonation, photochemical and catalytic oxidation processes for removal of
environmental pollutants from contaminated water, air and soil. Dr. Gurol
has directed several research projects as principal investigator funded by
National Science Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency, American
Water Works Association Research Foundation, and private industries. She
has published over 50 scientific articles, and supervised over 30 graduate
students on their research projects as their principal advisor.
She is the recipient of the 1980 "Best Ph.D Dissertation Award" of the
Association of Environmental Engineering Professors and Nalco Chemical,
the 1981 "Research Scholar Award" of Drexel University, and the 1987
"Best Research Paper Award" for a paper published in the Journal of the
American Water Works Association. Her students received numerous awards,
including 1998 and 1989 "First Place, Academic Achievement Award for a
Ph.D Dissertation" presented by the American Water Works Association, the
1994 "Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award" co-sponsored by the
Association of Environmental Engineering Professors and Engineering Science,
"Prix Hallopeau Award" presented by International Ozone Association and the
1988 "Best Research Paper Award" presented by the American Chemical Society.
She and one of her students are the owners of a patent on a chemical oxidation
Dr. Gurol is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Ozone Science
& Technology, a member of the Blasker Award Committee, a consultant to
the Turkish Scientific and Technological Research Institute, and the Istanbul
Water and Sewerage Administration in Turkey. She has also served as a
consultant for the National Academy of Sciences on health effects of
disinfectants. She has full-time consulting experience acquired during her
employment at Roy. F. Weston, Inc, and continues to serve as a consultant
to several industrial and consulting firms on physical and chemical
treatment technologies. She is on the review panels of several funding
agencies, including the National Science Foundation and the Environmental
Protection Agency, and serves on several committees of American Water Works
Association. She is a member of the Association of Environmental Engineering
Professors, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, American Society of
Civil Engineers, International Ozone Association, American Chemical Society,
International Association on Water Quality, American Water Works Association,
Water Environment Federation, and Sigma Xi. She was appointed a CCST Fellow in 2008.
Senior Fellows Roster
Atkinson, Richard C.
Bell, C. Gordon
Bennett, Alan B.
Bishop, J. Michael
Cárdenas. Alfonso F.
Clegg, Michael T.
Cominsky, Lynn R.
Coye, Molly Joel
Drake, Michael V.
Elster, Richard S.
Fowler, T. Kenneth
Gurol, Mirat D.
Huang, Alice S.
Hubbard, G. Scott
King, C. Judson
Lee, William C.Y.
Long, Jane C. S.
Macari, Emir Jose
Martin, David W.
McLean, William J.
Miller, William F.
Moses, Edward I.
Niebla, J. Fernando
Nikias, C.L. Max
Nova, Tina S.
Patel, C. Kumar
Qayoumi, Mohammad H.
Richmond, Rollin C.
Tanner, R. Michael
Tarter, C. Bruce
Zornetzer, Steven F.