Anaerobic Treatment of High-Strength Industrial and Agricultural Wastes

About the Course

If you deal with high-strength industrial wastes or are involved in operation and design of anaerobic treatment processes, this course is intended for you.

This short course has been designed to walk you through the processes of anaerobic treatment, from fundamental principles to case histories. The case history presentations will demonstrate anaerobic technologies in industrial settings and allow for questions regarding specific problems encountered and solutions developed.

Course size is limited to 75 attendees.

Those attending will learn: 

    • Anaerobic treatment fundamentals
    • Anaerobic microbiology fundamentals
    • When and how to use biogas
    • System configuration and technology selection
    • Design, construction and start-up guidelines
    • Options available for operating, monitoring and troubleshooting

Who should attend: 

    • Plant managers and plant engineers
    • Environmental staff of companies that generate wastewater
    • Engineers involved with pretreatment of wastewater
    • Planners and designers of anaerobic processes
    • Engineers and plant operations personnel for municipalities

Equipment, product and service provider exhibition:
Course attendees will have the opportunity to discuss specific equipment suppliers, component representatives, product suppliers and consultants. If your company is interested in acquiring an exhibition space to display and share your expertise during the course, please register as an exhibitor (exhibition space is limited).

Continuing education credits
Course attendees earn approximately 1.2 continuing education units or 12 PDHs for professional engineering continuing education requirements.


"A good mix of textbook, research and practical presentations. I also enjoyed the networking and exchange of ideas."

    Robert Rosdil SS
    Waste Treatment Specialist
    Bush Brothers & CO.
    Dandridge, Tenn.

“This course is an excellent way to jump-start your knowledge.  My team already applied knowledge from the class to our recent wastewater plant startup.  Along with the technical knowledge, we also built valuable networking contacts from other industries.”  

    Tom Murphy
    Effluent Treatment Plant Manager
    Liberty Paper
    Becker, MN

Course Speakers

Dr. Adrainus van Haandel

Göksel N. Demirer , Ph.D.

Dr. Demirer is professor and past chairperson of the Environmental Engineering Department at Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey.

His research areas include anaerobic biotechnology, wastewater engineering, resource efficiency, sustainable consumption and production, natural treatment systems, bioenergy and biobased product formation from wastes.

He has over 120 peer-reviewed journal and conference proceeding publications. Moreover, he has completed over 25 research projects funded by national and international organizations including the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, the Washington Development Center and the Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey.

Demirer is past President of the Water Environment Association of Turkey and a member of the board of the Union of Turkish Engineers and Architects as well as the Ankara, Turkey Association of Environmental Engineers.

Dennis E. Totzke, P.E. 

Vice-President of Applied Technologies Inc. in Brookfield, Wis., Totzke received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and a master's degree in civil engineering from Marquette. He specializes in the evaluation and design of industrial processes and environmental management systems with nearly 30 years of experience with firms like Stroh Brewing, Oscar Mayer, Nestle, Borden's and Aldrich Chemical. Prior to forming Applied Technologies, Totzke worked for CH2M Hill and CRSS in various technical and management consultant roles.


Dr. Daniel H. Zitomer, P.E.

Professor of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering and director of the Water Quality Center at Marquette University, Zitomer specializes in wastewater treatment and anaerobic biotechnology. He has more than 20 years of experience consulting with entities such as CH2M Hill, United Water Services, Liberty Paper and others. Zitomer has authored more than 90 journal articles, proceedings papers and technical reports. He received the 2008 Gordon Maskew Fair Distinguished Engineering Educator Medal from the Water Environment Federation for outstanding service in engineering education. He presently teaches graduate classes on anaerobic biotechnology, biological wastewater treatment and environmental chemistry, and has performed research for the National Science Foundation, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, State of Wisconsin and others.


Schedule & Location

The course will be held at:
Raynor Memorial Library 
Marquette University 
1355 West Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53233
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Tuesday Sept. 12, 2017

7:45 - 8:15 a.m.
Registration and Coffee, juice, muffins, bagels, etc.
8:15 - 8:30 a.m.

Introduction and Welcome
Jeanne Hossenlopp, Ph.D.
Vice President for research and Innovations
Marquette University
Milwaukee, WI

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Fundamentals of Anaerobic Treatment
Daniel H. Zitomer, Ph.D., P.E.
Marquette University
Milwaukee, WI

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Anaerobic Microbiology and Reactor Function
Daniel H. Zitomer, Ph.D., P.E.
Marquette University
Milwaukee, WI

10:30 - 11:00 a.m.
11:00 - 12:00 p.m.

Integrated Nutrient Removal, CO2 Mitigation and Biogas Generation Using Microalgae and Anaerobic Digestion
Göksel Demirer, Ph.D.
Middle East Technical University
Department of Environmental Engineering
Ankara, Turkey

12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
1:30 – 2:45p.m.

Industrial Waste Treatment Technologies and Design
Dennis E. Totzke, P.E.
Applied Technologies, Inc.
Brookfield, WI

2:45 – 3:15 p.m. 

Biogas Code Compliance, Safety and Use
Ed Longhini
Applied Technologies, Inc.
Brookfield, WI

3:15 - 3:45 p.m.
3:45 - 4:15 p.m.

Biogas Quality and Conditioning
Jan Scott and Dave Broihahn, P.E.
Unison Solutions, Inc.
Dubuque, IA

4:15 - 4:45 p.m.

Case Study 1: Forrest County Potawatomi Community Renewable Energy Facility
Charlie Opferman
FCPC Renewable Generation, LLC
Milwaukee, WI

5:00 - 5:15 p.m.
Travel to Anaerobic Membrane Digester Tour (bus transportation provided)
5:15 - 6:15 p.m.

Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactor Tour
Forrest County Potawatomi Community Renewable Energy Facility
1721 W. Canal Street, Milwaukee, WI 53233 
(1.3 miles from Marquette University)

6:15 p.m.

Wednesday Sept. 13, 2017

Time Event
7:45 - 8:15 a.m. Coffee, juice, muffins, etc.
8:15 - 9:00 a.m.

Process Start-Up, Monitoring and Control
Dennis Totzke, P.E.
Applied Technologies, Inc.
Brookfield, WI

9:00 - 9:45 a.m.

Biochemical Methane Potential and Anaerobic Toxicity Testing
Dr. Metin Duran
Villlanova University
Villanova, PA

9:45 - 10:15 a.m.

Case Study 2: Biogas Production from Pistachio De-Hulling Waste
Göksel Demirer, Ph.D.
Middle East Technical University
Department of Environmental Engineering
Ankara, Turkey

10:15 - 10:45 a.m.


10:45 -11:15 a.m.

Case Study 3: Redhook Brewery Anaerobic Treatment
Tietjen Hynes
Redhook Brewery
Portsmouth, NH

11:15 - 11.45 a.m.

Toxicity in Anaerobic Bioprocesses
Chris Hatch
River Bend Labs
St. Charles, MO

11:45 – 1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:15 - 1:45 p.m.

Case Study 4: Anaerobic Treatment at Jack Link’s Beef Jerky
Steve Muilenburg
Jack Link’s Beef Jerky
Alpena, SD

1:45 - 2:15 p.m

Case Study 5: Anaerobic Treatment at M&M Mars Plant
Billy Williams
Hackettstown, N.J.

2:15 - 2:45 p.m.

Anaerobic Co-Digestion of Condensate from Biosolids Pyrolysis
Saba Seyedi
Ph.D. Student
Marquette University

2:45 - 3:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks
Daniel H. Zitomer, Ph.D., P.E.
Marquette University
Milwaukee, WI

3:00 p.m. Adjourn
3:15 - 4:15 p.m.

Tour of Marquette University Environmental Engineering Laboratory
Engineering Hall, Room 435
1637 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53233

Registration & Cost

Course registration is limited to 75 attendees.

Course registration form

Dr. Daniel Zitomer
Marquette University
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881
(phone) 414-288-5733

(Student registration = $235) Student registration provides verified full-time college student attendees with access to all lectures and exhibitor space, lunches and a copy of all course handout material. Student's faculty advisers will be contacted to verify full-time enrollment in good standing.

(Standard registration = $800) Standard registration provides attendees with access to all lectures and exhibitor space, lunches and a copy of all course handout material.

(Exhibitor registration = $900) This registration is for vendors and others interested in exhibiting their equipment and services in designated areas. Conference exhibitor registration provides one attendee with exhibitor space, access to all lectures and lunches, a copy of all course handout material, a five-foot standard table to display exhibits.


Attendees must make lodging arrangements at the facility of their choice (registration does not include lodging). 

A limited block of rooms has been reserved at the DoubleTree Hotel Milwaukee City Centre, 611 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, Wis., in connection with the course at a rate of $129 per night. You may make reservations by calling the DoubleTree Hotel Milwaukee City Centre at (414) 273-2950 or 1-800-222-TREE by August 10 and use group code MUA. To receive the conference rate, please refer to the Marquette anaerobic digestion course.

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