Spyros G. Pavlostathis, PhD, BCEEM, F.IWA


    Professor of Environmental Engineering


    School of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Dr. Pavlostathis is recognized for his expertise in the areas of Environmental Biotechnology and Bioprocesses for bioremediation of contaminated natural systems and treatment of municipal and industrial wastewater, as well as kinetics and modeling of bioprocesses. His research also includes bioenergy and biofuels; bioavailability, fate and biotransformation of recalcitrant organic compounds; biotransformation of emerging environmental contaminants; disinfectant-induced antibiotic resistance; development of halophilic and thermophilic microbial processes, as well as microbial fuel cell technology.


    Dr. Pavlostathis has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers and authored over 150 publications including books or book chapters. Dr. Pavlostathis has organized or chaired over 30 conferences and conference sessions and frequently serves as a consultant, invited speaker and panelist on behalf of city, county, state and federal agencies in the US and abroad. An active member of several professional organizations, Dr. Pavlostathis has served on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Environmental Engineering, Water Science & Technology (Guest Editor), Biotechnology Letters, Journal of Hazardous Materials, and Water Environment Research (WER).


    Dr. Pavlostathis is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships including the Greek National Scholarship Foundation, French Government Scholarship, Fulbright Scholarship, Kassimati Foundation Scholarship, Chi Epsilon (National Civil Engineering Honor Society), Dutch National Science Foundation Fellowship, Water Environment Federation Charter Member, Recruiters Recognition Club, Water Environment Federation/Georgia Water & Pollution Control Association Laboratory Analyst Excellence Award, Georgia Institute of Technology/School of Civil & Environmental Engineering Best Paper Award, Georgia Institute of Technology/School of Civil & Environmental Engineering Sustained Research Award for Excellence in Environmental Research and Archival Publications, Visiting Scholar Fellowship at the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, UK, and Marie Curie Visiting Senior Research Fellowship at the National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland. He was recently named Fellow by the International Water Association (IWA).


    Dr. Pavlostathis completed his MS and Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA after obtaining his Diploma in Agricultural Engineering at the Agricultural University of Athens, Greece. He is a Board Certified Environmental Engineer (BCEEM) of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and an Engineer-in-Training (EIT; New York State).