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The Salamander Foundation gifts $1 million to Environmental Engineering Chair

Western Engineering will continue to lead the charge in mitigating the effects of pollution on the environment and public health with a new $1-million donation from The Salamander Foundation.

This endowed gift will be added to the existing endowed fund established by the donor in 1999 in support of The Salamander Chair in Environmental Engineering. The Chair oversees research activities in environmental engineering with a focus on water quality and processing, including wastewater treatment, resource
recovery from municipal wastewaters and treatment of organic wastes. This brings the total funds donated by The Salamander Foundation to $2,811,000.

The Foundation’s latest gift was matched by Western, boosting the existing Chair fund and creating an endowment of approximately $3.4 million. The current holder of the Salamander Chair, George Nakhla, is a professor in the departments of Civil and Environmental and Chemical and Biochemical Engineering. His research focuses on municipal and industrial wastewater treatment, biological nutrient removal processes and recovery of energy and resources from wastewater.

Read more about The Salamander Foundation's support of Western Engineering.


This article appeared in the Fall 2018 edition of Alumni Gazette
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