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Dr. Speitel has served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the Cockrell School of Engineering since 2008. He oversees the academic, faculty, and fiscal affairs of the school. Previously, he served as department chair of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineer from 2001 to 2008.

Dr. Speitel has been active in drinking water research for over 30 years, dealing primarily with treatment and control of hazardous organic chemicals, disinfection by-products, and their precursors. His work has focused on the chemistry and treatment of disinfection by-products formed during chloramination and chlorination of drinking water. A second major research effort has dealt with the development of bioreactors for the cometabolism of chlorinated aliphatic chemicals, including trihalomethanes. A third area of research activity has been the role haloamine chemistry and cometabolism in understanding nitrification episodes in drinking water distribution systems. Other research has addressed the simultaneous biodegradation and adsorption of organic chemicals on granular activated carbon. Dr. Speitel’s research has included bench-scale studies, pilot studies, and performance evaluations of full-scale facilities. 

EDUCATION

Ph.D. University of North Carolina 1985  Environmental Engineering
M.S.E.E. University of North Carolina 1979 Environmental Engineering
B.S.C.E. Union College 1976 Civil Engineering
(summa cum laude)

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2014- C.W. Cook Professor in Environmental Engineering and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Cockrell School of Engineering, University of Texas at Austin.
2008-2014 John J. McKetta Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Cockrell School of Engineering, University of Texas at Austin.
2001-2008 John J. McKetta Professor and Chairman, Dept. of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, University of Texas at Austin.
1998-2001  Professor, Dept. of Civil Engineering, University of Texas at Austin.
1992-1998 Associate Professor, Dept. of Civil Engineering, University of Texas at Austin.
1988-1992 Assistant Professor, Dept. of Civil Engineering, University of Texas at Austin.
1985-1988 Assistant Professor, Dept. of Civil Engineering, University of Houston.
1981-1985 Graduate Research Assistant, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
1980-1981 Process Engineer, Malcolm Pirnie, Inc., consulting engineering firm.
1978-1979 Graduate Research Assistant, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
1977-1978 Design Engineer, C. T. Male Associates, P.C., consulting engineering firm.
1976-1977 Intern Engineer, Stearns and Wheler Engineers, consulting engineering firm.