Anaerobic Treatment Short Course 2022

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Synchronous In-Person and Online Options:

Anaerobic Treatment of High-Strength Industrial Wastes 2022 

September 13th and 14th, 2022 

Sept 13th, 8:45 am - 5:30 pm Central Time
Sept 14th, 8:45 am - 4:00 pm Central Time

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About the Course

For 2022 – the course will be offered both in-person and online via Microsoft Teams.

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 250 attendees.



Raynor Memorial Library

Conference Center

1355 W. Wisconsin Ave.

Milwaukee, WI 53201

Online via Microsoft Teams



Hotel accommodations are the responsibility of the attendee. Registration does not include hotel. 

A block of rooms have been reserved at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, located on 611 W. Wisconsin Ave in Milwaukee, WI 53203. Make your reservation by referencing "MU Anaerobic Digestion" by August 17th, 2022 to receive a discounted room rate of $122.


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
  • Graduate students in environmental science and engineering


Continuing education credits

Course attendees earn approximately 1.1 continuing education unit or 11 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

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Daniel H. Zitomer, Ph.D., P.E.

Professor and chair of civil, construction and environmental engineering and director of the Water Quality Center at Marquette University, Dr. Daniel Zitomer specializes in wastewater treatment and anaerobic biotechnology. He has more than 30 years of experience consulting with entities such as Jacobs, United Water Services, Liberty Paper and others. Zitomer has authored more than 100 journal articles, proceedings papers and technical reports. He received the 2008 Gordon Maskew Fair Distinguished Engineering Educator Medal from and is a Fellow of the Water Environment Federation for outstanding service in engineering education. He is Chair of the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering at Marquette University and presently teaches graduate classes on anaerobic biotechnology and biological wastewater treatment. He has performed research for the National Science Foundation, US Department of Energy, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, State of Wisconsin and others. 

Patrick McNamara, Ph.D., P.E.

Dr. Patrick McNamaraDr. Patrick McNamara is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering at Marquette University. His research focuses on antibiotic resistance in the engineered environment, treatment of micropollutants, and residuals and biosolids handling. He received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Marquette University (2006), M.S. in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering from University of Texas – Austin (2008), and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota (2012). He is an associate editor for the journal Biodegradation and serves as Chair for the AEESP Student Services Committee. He received the CSWEA Bill Boyle Outstanding Educator Award in 2018 and currently receives research funding from private foundations, utilities, and the NSF.  

Martin Tielbaard

Martin Tielbaard is an anaerobic wastewater treatment specialist (MSc) with > 30 years of experience in anaerobic treatment of pulp and paper, brewery, distillery, food processing and other effluents, including process design, construction, pilot testing, start-ups, troubleshooting, operation, maintenance, operator training and sales.  He has experience with design and operation of systems for pre- and post-treatment, biogas handling, hydrogen sulfide removal, plant performance optimization, chemical handling and safety. Martin has worked for Paques as process engineer from 1986-1993 in The Netherlands and 1993-2004 as technical manager in the USA.  He was team leader of a water recycling facility at a recycled paper mill from 2004-2013. In 2013, he founded ATProS Inc (Anaerobic treatment Process Services) which provides consulting services. He joined Paques again in 2015 as sales manager and lives in New York State. Martin Graduated in 1986 from the Agricultural University, Wageningen, The Netherlands with an MSc in Environmental Sciences specializing in anaerobic wastewater treatment.

Dennis Totzke, P.E.

Dennis TotskeDennis Totzke, P.E. is a leading consulting environmental engineer with over 39 years of experience in water/wastewater management, treatment and anaerobic biotechnology applied to industrial and municipal waste. He has extensive experience in the analysis, design and start-up of industrial and municipal anaerobic digestion systems, sludge thickening and dewatering systems, and instrumentation, control and electrical systems. Mr. Totzke's experience has spanned many industries, including food and beverage, meat and poultry, pulp and paper, and more. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from Marquette University.


Jeffrey Mummert

Vice President, MI2 Operating Systems

Jeff has more than 40 years of water, wastewater, and renewable energy operations experience. He has provided operations and technical support to food and beverage clients across the country, many of which included anaerobic processes. Jeff possesses operator licensing in multiple states. 




Chris Hatch

Christopher R Hatch P.E. is the Director of Biotechnologies and Engineering for Chemtron/Riverbend out of St. Charles MO.  Chris holds a BS in Civil Engineering with an Environmental Minor as well as a BS in Physics.  Chris has worked 26 years in industrial waste water treatment, starting at the City of Cedar Rapids Iowa, operating a 40 million gallon a day multi industrial aerobic facility with multiple treatment process types.  Later he managed the construction, startup and operations of one of North America’s largest Granular Anaerobic treatment facilities handling waste from a recycle paper mill and an enzyme factory.  Currently he leads a team of 9 waste water professionals troubleshooting and optimizing biological processes across North America. 


V.P. Tale, Ph.D., P. E.

Dr. V. P. Tale specializes in biological wastewater treatment systems and anaerobic digestion. Dr. Tale is a licensed professional engineer registered in the Ontario province of Canada. He has worked as a Research Executive and Senior Scientist for biological waste treatment projects for large multinational corporations. Dr. Tale has been working in the anaerobic waste and wastewater treatment area for the past 20 years as a researcher, full-scale design engineer, and troubleshooting expert. In his current role with CRB Water, he works with numerous full-scale anaerobic reactors from varying industries such as pulp and paper manufacturing, agriculture, food, and beverage manufacturing, dairy and milk processing, ethanol manufacturing, chemical manufacturing, and others. Dr. Tale helps these reactors improve their efficiencies and reach their respective treatment goals. He earned his Ph.D. from Marquette University in 2010, and his research focused on improving anaerobic digestion process efficiency. 

Kim Murdock-Timmerman

Kim Murdock-Timmerman is the media and gas testing specialist with Unison Solutions, Inc., based in Dubuque, Iowa. Kim has worked in the biogas industry for over 10 years and specializes in reducing the operating expenses of her client's biogas systems. She has a B.S. in Biology and Business Administration from Loras College, also in Dubuque. 



David Ellis, MASc., PEng.

David Ellis, P.Eng. (Ontario, Canada) is an engineering consultant with 30 years of industrial wastewater and anaerobic digestion experience. Working across the USA and Canada, Dave has worked on many aspects of industrial wastewater projects, from source reduction, waste characterization, and process development to the design of major capital projects, start-up, and commissioning. He works with a team of specialists to troubleshoot operating wastewater and energy-producing digester sites and optimize their performance. Dave also serves as an independent expert for digester and wastewater related disputes. He holds an M.A.Sc. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Waterloo.


Tuesday, September 13, 2022

8:45 – 9:00      Introduction and Welcome

                        Daniel Zitomer, Ph.D., P.E.

                        Professor and Chair of the Dept. of Civil, Construction &

                        Environmental Engineering

                        Marquette University

                        Milwaukee, WI


9:00 – 10:00    Fundamentals of Anaerobic Treatment

                        Daniel Zitomer, Ph.D., P.E.

                        Marquette University


10:00 – 10:15  Break


10:15 – 11:15  Anaerobic Microbiology and Reactor Function

                        Daniel H. Zitomer, Ph.D., P.E.

                        Marquette University


11:15 – 12:00  Laboratory Testing to Monitor Your Digester

                        Patrick McNamara, Ph.D., P.E.

                        Marquette University


12:00 – 1:30    Lunch (Lunch provided for in-person attendees)


1:30 – 2:30      Industrial Waste Treatment Technologies

                        Martin Tielbaard


                        Wilmington, DE


2:30 – 3:30      Industrial Waste Treatment Design

                        Dennis Totzke, P.E.


                        Delafield, WI


3:30 – 3:45      Break


3:45 – 4:30      Process Start-Up, Monitoring and Control

                        Jeffrey Mummert

                        M12 Operating Systems, LLC

                        O’Fallon, MO


4:30 – 5:30      In-Person Networking Event (refreshments)


5:30                 Adjourn Day 1

Wednesday, September 14, 2022   

8:45 – 9:00      Welcome

                        Daniel Zitomer, Ph.D., P.E.

                        Marquette University


9:00 – 9:45      Toxicity in Anaerobic Bioprocesses

                        Chris Hatch

                        River Bend Labs


9:45 – 10:45    Biogas Code Compliance, Safety and Use

                        V.P. Tale, Ph.D., P. Eng.


                        St. Charles, MO


10:45 – 11:00  Break


11:00 – 11:30  Biogas Quality and Conditioning

                        Kim Murdock-Timmerman

                        Unison Solutions, Inc.

                        Dubuque, IA


11:30 – 12:00 Case Study 1: Two-Stage Digestion of Municipal Biosolids

                        Annette Berger

                        KB Bioenergy, Inc.

                        Akron, OH


12:00 – 1:30    Lunch (Lunch provided for in-person attendees)


1:30 – 2:00      Case Study 2: Food Waste Digester Upsets and Biogas Recovery

                        David Ellis, MASc., PEng.

                        Azura Associates

                        Waterloo, Ontario Canada


2:00 – 2:30      Case Study 3: Two-stage Thermophilic Digestion of Mixed                                                                    Wastes

                        Brian Healy


                        Park, TX             


2:30 – 2:45      Break


2:45 – 3:15      Case Study 4: UASB Treatment of Paperboard Wastewater

                        Bob Pelchat

                        Pratt Industries, Inc.

                        Conyers, GA


3:15 – 3:45      Case Study 5: Dry Digestion of Mixed Wastes

                        Noah Carlson

                        BIOFerm Energy Systems

                        Madison, WI


3:45 – 4:00      Closing Remarks

                        Daniel H. Zitomer, Ph.D., P.E.


4:00                 Adjourn

Registration & Cost

Register Here

For the amount, please enter one of the corresponding totals below:

In-Person (Standard): $900

In-Person (Student*): $100

Online (Standard): $400

Online (Student*): $45

*If you are a registered college/university student in good standing, then you can enter the student rate. You will be contacted to verify your student standing.*

Course registration is limited to 250 attendees. 

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

(Student registration) Student registration provides verified full-time college student attendees with access to all lectures. Student's faculty advisers will be contacted to verify full-time enrollment in good standing.

(Standard registration) Standard registration provides attendees with access to all lectures and a copy of all course handout material online.

(Discount Standard Registration for 2 or more registrants) Registration for two or more people from the same company receive this 20% discounted rate. Discount registrants receive access to to all lectures and all class material online. Please contact Dr. Daniel Zitomer for discounts.