SUMMARY CURRICULUM VITA

NAME

James M. Symons 

BIRTHDATE

November 24, 1931

EDUCATION

Degree School Date Field
Sc.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1957 Sanitary Engineering
S.M. Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1955 Sanitary Engineering
B.C.E.
(with Distinction)
Cornell University 1954 Civil Engineering
Certificate of Advanced Engineering Study Cornell University 1954 Civil Engineering

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

1997-Present Retired, Cullen Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering
 1995-1997  Cullen Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering
1982-1995 Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Houston, Houston, Texas
1970-1982 Chief, Physical and Chemical Contaminants Removal Branch, Drinking Water Research Division, Municipal Environmental Research Laboratory, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Formerly, Chief, Control Technology Branch, Division of Criteria and Standards, Bureau of Water Hygiene, U.S. Public Health Service.

1967-1969 Chief, Surface Water Protection Section, Control Technology Branch, Division of Criteria and Standards, Bureau of Water Hygiene, U.S. Public Health Service, Cincinnati, Ohio.
1962-1967 Research Public Health Engineer, U. S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Public Health Service and U.S. Department of the Interior, Federal Water Pollution Control Administration, Cincinnati, Ohio.
1958-1962 Assistant Professor of Sanitary Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts
1956-1958 Instructor of Sanitary Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts
1957-1961 Associate, Rolf Eliassen Associates, Inc., Industrial waste consulting engineering firm, Arlington, Massachusetts
1955-1957 Research Assistant to Dr. Ross E. McKinney
TEACHING
Courses Taught
CIVE 4333 Water and Wastewater Treatment
CIVE 4311 Civil Engineering Design
CIVE 7397/6390 Municipal Drinking Water Treatment
CIVE 7379/7330 Control of Organic Contaminants
CIVE 6111 Graduate Seminar

University Awards and Recognition

Outstanding Teacher Award from College - 1996

Outstanding Teacher Award from College - 1994

Voted by Student Chapter ASCE - Outstanding Teacher of 1994, tie with another faculty member

Listed among the Outstanding Teachers in the College - 1984

SUPERVISION OF RESEARCH

PhD Dissertation Students (2)
MS Thesis Students (13)
MS Project Students (9)

AWARDS AND HONORS

Best Paper Awards

Association of Environmental Engineering Professors, 1993 Outstanding Paper Award for a paper judged "a landmark paper that has stood the test of time", October 4, 1993.

Third Place, 1982 Scientific and Technology Achievement Award, Control Systems Category, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; In recognition of a peer-reviewed paper co-authored with Gary S. Logsdon, chosen by U.S.EPA Science Advisory Board.

American Water Works Association 1980 Distribution Division Award; In recognition of the paper judged best in that Division published in the Journal American Water Works Association from July 1979 to June 1980; June 8, 1981.

Third Place, 1979 Scientific and Technology Achievement Award, Control Systems Category, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; In recognition of a peer-reviewed paper co-authored with Gary S. Logsdon, chosen by U.S.EPA Science Advisory Board.

First Place, 1979 Scientific and Technology Achievement Award, Control Systems Category, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; In recognition of a peer-reviewed paper co-authored with Alan A. Stevens, chosen by U.S.EPA Science Advisory Board.

American Water Works Association 1978 Publications Award; In recognition of the best overall paper published in the Journal American Water Works Association from July 1977 to June 1978; June 25, 1979.

American Water Works Association 1976 Water Quality Division Award; In recognition of the paper judged best in that Division published in the Journal American Water Works Association from July 1975 to June 1976; May 9, 1977.

American Water Works Association 1970 Publications Award; In recognition of the best overall paper published in the Journal American Water Works Association from July 1969 to June 1970; June 14, 1971.

American Water Works Association 1965 Resources Division Award; In recognition of the paper judged best in that Division published in the Journal American Water Works Association from July 1964 to June 1965; May 23, 1966.

Harrison Prescott Eddy Award for the Water Pollution Control Federation; In recognition of the best research paper published in the Journal Water Pollution Control Federation during 1962; October 9, 1963.

Other Awards and Honors

Esther Farfel Award, 1996
 
Abraham E. Duckler Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year, Engineering Alumni Association, 1995.
 
Honored by the City of Houston on University of Houston Appreciation Day, 1995.
 
Elected Honorary Member, Chi Epsilon, 1994.
 
Senior Faculty Research Award, Cullen College of Engineering, 1994.
 
Sigma Xi (Honorary Science and Research Society) Outstanding Faculty Research Award, 1994, Faculty Research Award Lecture, November 2, 1994.
 
Election to the National Academy of Engineering, 1994.
 
Greenwood Award, For bringing honor and attention to the University of Houston, December, 13, 1993.
 
1992-93 Chi Epsilon Excellence in Teaching Award for the Southwest District, March, 1993.
 
Elected Honorary Member, American Water Works Association, June, 1989.
 
Nominated for the NSF National Medal of Science by the Texas Section, American Water Works Association, March, 1989,
 
Paper Selected as for "Citation Classics®" by Current Contents for being cited more than 250 times, August 15, 1988.
 
Elected to member rank of Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineers, January, 1986.
 
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Distinguished Career Award, July 27, 1982.
 
American Water Works Association Research Award, June 8, 1981.
 
Silver Medal for Superior Service, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, December 2, 1971.
 
Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize, May 9, 1967.
 
 

WHO'S WHO LISTINGS

Who's Who in the Frontier of Science and Technology
 
Who's Who in America
 
American Men and Women of Science
 
Who's Who in Technology

 

PUBLICATIONS

Refereed Publications

Journal Articles (62)

Conference Proceedings and Transactions (4)

Non-refereed Conference, Journal, and Abstract Publications (47)

Invited Papers and Presentations (45)

Books and Book Chapters (13)

Reviewed Final Project Reports (4)

Other Final Project Reports (5)

PAPERS PRESENTED AT PROFESSIONAL MEETINGS

International Meetings (10)

National Meetings (28)

Regional, State or Local Meetings (17)

INVITED SEMINARS (39)

SPONSORED RESEARCH (Total of Awards $1,676,689)

JOURNAL EDITOR/ EDITORIAL BOARDS

Editorial Board, Proceedings, The First International Conference on the Safety of Water Disinfection: Balancing Chemical and Microbial Risks, October, 1992-1993.

Editorial Board, Journal of the American Water Works Association, January, 1987- June., 1994.

Consulting Editor for Water Quality, Water/Engineering and Management, 1981 -

Editor, Journal of the Environmental Engineering Division, American Society of Civil Engineers, 1975 - 1976.

ORGANIZATIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

American Academy of Environmental Engineers - Diplomate, 1985

International Water Supply Association - 1974 - 1997

International Association on Water Quality - 1972 - 1997

Association of Environmental Engineering Professors - 1982, Emeritus Member 1998.

American Chemical Society - 1983 - 1997

American Society of Civil Engineers - Junior Member, 1954; Associate 1959; Member, 1965; Fellow, 1986, Life Member, 1996.

Water Environment Federation - 1954, Life Member 1998

American Water Works Association - Student Member, 1954; Member 1957; Life Member, 1988, Honorary Member, 1989

Texas Section American Water Works Association, 1982 - 1997

Florida Section American Water Works Association, 1997

Texas Society of Professional Engineers, 1986-1992.

Houston Branch American Society of Civil Engineers, 1982 - 1997

The Citizen's Environmental Coalition, 1992 - 1997

OTHER MEMBERSHIPS

American Institute of Biological Sciences - Consultant Roster, 1995 - 1997

Member, Drinking Water Committee of the Science Advisory Board of the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1991 - 1994.

Consultant to the Drinking Water Committee of the Science Advisory Board of the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1988 - 1991.

PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATION

Texas, No. 55564, 1984

CONSULTING ACTIVITIES

Detrick Lawrence, Review of Drinking Water Movie Script, 1996- 1997.

Anadarko, Evaluation of Middle East Water Quality, 1996.

EA Engineering Science, and Technology, Evaluation of Proposed Enhanced Coagulation Regulation by the US Environmental Protection Agency, 1996.

Symons, J. M., "1974 Revisited - An Historical Review of the Disinfection By-Products Issue", 47- Minute Video Tape, November 3,1995.

Paloma Production Company, Evaluation of solar water treatment plant, 1994.

American Water Works Association, writing book Drinking Water Dictionary, 1994 -1999.

Water Research Centre, United Kingdom, writing book Plain Facts About Drinking Water 1993 - 1995.

Kasowitz, Hoff, Benson, and Torres, Chlorine residuals in hot water, 1993 - 1995.

Texas A & M University Press, writing book, Drinking Water-Refreshing Answers to All Your Questions, 1993 - 1995.

American Water Works Association, writing book Plain Talk About Drinking Water, 1991-1997.

Arrgone National Laboratories, Review of Site Remediation Documents, 1991- 1995.

California Department of Water Resources, Review of Trihalomethane Formation Potential Report, 1991.

Malcolm Pirnie, Inc., Galveston County Water Authority Water Quality Master Plan, 1990-1991.

Exxon Company, USA, Manual for Control of Potable Water Quality on Off-shore Platforms, 1989.

Malcolm Pirnie, Inc. Taste and Odor Control at the Galveston County Water Authority, 1988.

Coastal Water Authority, Control of the Asiatic Clam, Corbicula fluminea, 1986-1988.

Metcalf and Eddy, Houston Water Master Plan, 1985-1989.

Harvey O. Banks, Water Treatment for Contra Costa County Water District, 1985.

Baylor College of Medicine, USEPA Cooperative Agreement, "Removal of Hepatitis A and Rotaviruses in Water Treatment Processes", 1983-1985.

Esso Research and Engineering Company, Development of Test Methods for, and the Determination of the Biodegradability of Experimental Synthetic Detergents, 1961-1962.

B-I-F Industries, Providence, Rhode Island for Technical Writing, 1957-1961.

Associate, Rolf Eliassen Associates, Inc.; Industrial Waste Treatment Consulting Firm, 1957-1961.

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