Benjamin S. Magbanua, Jr., Ph.D., P.E.

Benjamin Magbanua, Jr.

Co-Graduate Coordinator and Associate Professor

Office: 2061 Richard A. Rula Engineering & Science Complex


  • Ph.D., Environmental and Water Resources Engineering, Vanderbilt University, May 1994.
    • Major Area: Water Quality Engineering
    • Minor Areas: Hazardous Waste Engineering, Chemical Engineering
    • Dissertation: Substrate Conversion and Soluble Microbial Product Formation in Dual Substrate
      Aerobic Biotreatment Systems
  • M.S., Chemical Engineering, University of the Philippines, 1987.
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of the Philippines, 1982.

Research Interests

  • Biotreatment and bioremediation processes
  • Biological process kinetics and modeling, including uncertainty and reliability analysis
  • Biodegradation and fate of xenobiotic compounds in engineered systems
  • Pathogen destruction in chemical and biological treatment processes
  • Microbial ecology and population dynamics of engineered systems and contaminated environments
  • Metabolic regulation in bioreactor systems
  • Application of biochemical assays and techniques to environmental systems
  • Phytoremediation of organic contaminants

Teaching Interests

  • Biological wastewater treatment and process simulation
  • Unit operations, unit processes and reactor engineering applications in environmental engineering
  • Water and wastewater treatment
  • Hazardous waste engineering
  • Fundamentals of environmental engineering
  • Fundamentals of environmental chemistry and environmental microbiology

Service Interests

  • Professional Memberships – American Society of Civil Engineers, Water Environment Federation
  • Judge, Student Research Poster Competition
  • Manuscript/technical review for 22 publications, 5 funding agencies