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Kappe Lecture Series: Daniel H. Yeh at University of Colorado
Friday, September 22, 2023
Category: Kappe Lecture Series

Dr. Daniel Yeh is taking the Kappe Lecture Series to the University of Colorado!


Daniel H. Yeh, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE, LEED AP


  • BSE Civil Engineering, University of Michigan, 1991
  • BS Natural Resources, University of Michigan, 1991
  • MSE Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan, 1994
  • PhD Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2000


  • Professional Engineer (Georgia, EnvE)
  • Board Certified Environmental Engineer (Water supply/wastewater engineering), American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AAEES)
  • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional, Building Design and Construction (LEED AP BD+C) 
  • Visiting Professor, Bioregenerative Water Purification, NASA Kennedy Space Center.
  • Senior Member, National Academy of Inventors (NAI)
  • Member: International Water Association (IWA), Water Environment Federation (WEF), Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP), WateReuse Association.

Awards & Recognitions

  • 2023, Kappe Lecturer, American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AAEES)
  • 2020, Patents for Humanity Award (for NEWgenerator), US Patent and Trademark Office
  • 2020, NASA KSC Sustainable Environmental Awareness (SEA) Award
  • 2014, 2019, USF Excellence in Innovation Award, Office of Research and Innovation (university-wide award)
  • 2019, NEWgenerator highlighted in MIT Technology Review’s 10 Breakthrough Technologies of 2019, as one of the technologies to enable sanitation without sewers
  • 2016, Cade Museum Prize for Innovation, Sweet 16 semi-finalist (for ICARUS algae cultivation platform).
  • 2015, Reinvent the Toilet Challenge: India, one of six winning teams worldwide (w/ ESS, India)
  • 2015 Lettinga Award (for innovation in anaerobic biotechnology), Lettinga Foundation - finalist
  • 2014, Cade Museum Prize for Innovation, 1st Place (for NEWgenerator resource recovery machine)

Dr. Daniel Yeh is a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of South Florida and the PI of the Membrane Biotechnology Lab. He is also a visiting professor at NASA Kennedy Space Center and co-founder of the cleantech startup BioReNEW, Inc. 

Dr. Yeh’s research and teaching interests are in water & wastewater engineering, global water & sanitation, water/energy/food nexus, and life support systems for space travel. Dr. Yeh is keen to communicate and promote environmental engineering to the public and school children through classroom lesson plans, museum exhibits, podcasts, TEDx and Pint-of-Science talks, and late night talk show comedy feature. Dr. Yeh holds degrees from the University of Michigan (BS Natural Resources, BSE Civil Engineering and MSE Environmental Engineering) and Georgia Institute of Technology (PhD Environmental Engineering). 

Dr. Yeh is a professional engineer, an AAEES board-certified environmental engineer, and a LEED Accredited Professional. He is also a Senior Member of the National Academy of Inventors and a two-time recipient of the Excellence in Innovation Award at USF.

Click here to download a PDF of Dr. Yeh's Kappe brochure.
Click here to learn more about the AAEES Kappe Lecture Series.

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