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Dentel elected to environmental organization board

Dentel elected to environmental organization board

Steve Dentel, professor in the University of Delaware's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has been elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP).

Founded in 1963 as a private nonprofit organization, AEESP has grown to more than 700 members in universities throughout the world. The association assists its members in improving education and research programs, encourages graduate education, and serves the profession by providing information to government agencies and the public.

“Few professional fields have an organization made up primarily of professors,” Dentel says. “The AEESP provides the fields of environmental engineering and science with dynamic leadership in both education and research, so that our environmental problems will be met, and solved, with the very best technical expertise.”

Dentel joined the UD faculty in 1984 after earning his doctorate at Cornell University. Since then, he has published more than 140 papers and other works, primarily concerning physical-chemical aspects of water and wastewater treatment.

He was the primary author of the proposal creating UD's undergraduate degree in environmental engineering in 1994. In 1997 he was awarded the Water Environment Federation's Philip F. Morgan Medal, and in 2008 he received UD's Slocomb Excellence in Teaching Award.

A professional engineer, Dentel is also the faculty adviser to UD's Engineers Without Borders chapter, and he currently spends a month each year working in the uplands of Cameroon on a potable water project for the village of Bakang. He has become such an integral part of the community that he was named a “Village Notable” in Cameroon last year.

As chair of the Conservation Advisory Commission for the city of Newark, Del., Dentel has initiated city policies for the purchase of green energy and for green construction. He was recently commended by a resolution of Newark's City Council for his 10 years of service and on the commission.

Article by Diane Kukich
Photo by Kathy F. Atkinson