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William R. Knocke

Professor and Associate Department Head
Willam Knocke
220B Patton Hall
Blacksburg, VA, USA 24061
Mail Code: (0105)

Program Area : Environmental and Water Resources Engineering
Professional Registration : Virginia (PE)

Area of Interest

Physical-chemical treatment of water and wastewater, chemistry of aquatic systems, sludge treatment and disposal, hazardous waste assessment and treatment.

  • B.S. Civil Engineering, University of Missouri, 1975
  • M.S. Environmental Engineering, University of Missouri, 1976
  • Ph.D. Environmental Engineering, University of Missouri, 1978
  • 1993: Walter Huber National Research Prize From American Society of Civil Engineering
  • 1992: Faculty Advisor for AWWA Academic Achievement Award M. S. Thesis - 2nd Place
  • 1989: Faculty Advisor for AWWA Academic Achievement Award M.S. Thesis - 2nd Place
  • 1987: Outstanding Faculty Award Recipient from the Virginia State Council for Higher Education
  • 1984: National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award Recipient
  • CEE 5126 : Environmental Engineering Design II
  • CEE 5144 : Unit Operations and Processes Laboratory
  • CEE 6104 : Advanced Environmental Chemistry
  • CEE 3104 : Introduction to Environmental Engineering
  • CEE 4104 : Water and Wastewater Treatment Design
  • NALCO - Virginia Tech Sludge Dewatering and Characterization Program, funded by NALCO Chemical Company and the National Science Foundation
  • Removal of DBP Precursors by Optimized Coagulation and Precipitative Softening, funded by the American Water Works Association Research Foundation
  • Development and Field Verification of Sorption/Oxidation Models for Soluble Manganese Removal by Oxide-Coated Filtration Systems, funded by the National Science Foundation
  • An Assessment of Cropland Application of Alum Sludge, funded by the American Water Works Association Research Foundation
  • Reactions Between Iron, Dissolved Organic Matter and Various Oxidants During Water Treatment, funded by the American Water Works Association Research Foundation
  • Carlson, K.H., and W.R. Knocke, "Modeling Manganese Oxidation with Potassium Permanganate for Drinking Water Treatment", Journal of the Environmental Engineering Division - American Society of Civil Engineers, 125, 10, 892 (October 1999).
  • Merkle, P. B., W.R. Knocke, D.L. Gallagher, J. Junta-Rosa, and T. Solberg. "Characterization of Filter Media Mineral Coatings: Implications for Filtration Theory and Practice", Journal American Water Works Association, 88, 12, 62, (December 1996).
  • Geertsema, W.S., Knocke, W.R., Novak, J.T., and Dove, D., "Long-Term Effects of Alum Sludge Application to Land", Journal American Water Works Association, 86, 11, 64 (November 1994).
  • Knocke, W.R., Shorney, H.L., and Bellamy, J.D., "Examining the Reactions Between Soluble Iron, DOC, and Alternative Oxidants During Conventional Treatment", Journal American Water Works Association, 86, 1, 117, (January 1994).
  • Knocke, W.R., Dishman, C.M., and Miller, G.F., "Measurement of Chemical Sludge Floc Density and Implications Related to Sludge Dewatering," Water Environment Federation Journal, 65, 6, 735 (Sept./Oct. 1993).