Dr. Taha Farouk Marhaba Awarded the 2010 Rutgers Engineering Society Distinguished Engineer Award

The Rutgers Engineering Society was established in 1949 as the alumni organization of the Rutgers School of Engineering. Each year the Society presents the Distinguished Engineer Award to a graduate of the school whose achievements have contributed significantly to the national economy, security, public welfare, the quality of life, or to the solution, or advancement of a specific technical need. This year’s award is presented to:
Dr. Taha Farouk Marhaba, who received his Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering 1989, 1990 and 1993 respectively. Dr. Tarhaba has made many significant research contributions over the course of his fifteen year academic career in understanding how to furnish quality drinking water to an expanding population have positioned you at the forefront of national environmental research on detection and remediation of hazardous waste in surface and ground waters. Perhaps the contributions that have earned him the most respect nationwide are his work in developing a new technique for spectral fluorescent analysis – what is known as SFS and is used to rapidly identify organics in water, particularly pharmaceuticals; his development of a fractionation technique for low-level natural organic matter in source water, and the understanding of disinfection; and, his advancement of research in biosorption of heavy metals by algal species. Many seek Dr. Tarhaba’s commentary and advice because of his additional expertise in droughts and flooding. Through his keen desire to address New Jersey’s safe drinking water needs, Dr. Tarhaba has established and continues to serve as Director of the New Jersey Applied Water Research Center in partnership with the American Water Works Association to unite industry, government and university efforts in this regard. He has also established the student chapter of the American Water Works Association, the first in the nation.