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Mansfeldt, Cresten Brant Assistant Professor


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research overview

  • Prof. Cresten Mansfeldt is continually occupied by understanding the interaction between humans, material transformation, and microbial processes on multiple scales (industrial, municipal, riverine). His most recent projects include modelling the community dynamics involved in wastewater microbial systems, determining the interaction of Eukaryotic microbes with trace organic contaminants in municipal waste, and tracking the influence of the treated wastewater treatment plant effluent on riverine systems. Prof. Mansfeldt combines computational simulations, molecular microbiology, reactor design, high-resolution analytics, and environmental monitoring to explore these topics. Additionally, he has recently begun shifting a portion of his research interest in understanding solid rather than liquid waste streams in our built environment. In summary, Prof. Mansfeldt is fascinated by how connected our modern society is through both toilet flushes and recycling pickup.


  • water and wastewater treatment, next generation sequencing, microbial ecology


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courses taught

  • CVEN 4834 - Special Topics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020 / Spring 2021 / Fall 2021
    May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours provided topics are different. Department consent required.
  • CVEN 5484 - Applied Microbiology and Toxicology
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Fall 2020
    Surveys microbiology topics germane to modern civil and environmental engineering. Provides fundamentals needed to understand microbial processes and ecology in engineered and natural systems and reviews applications emphasizing the interface between molecular biology and classical civil engineering. Same as CVEN 4484 and EVEN 4484.
  • CVEN 5544 - Solid Waste Management and Resource Recovery
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020 / Spring 2021 / Fall 2021
    Covers the scope of the nonhazardous solid waste problem and regulations that drive its management; discussions of nonengineering factors that impact waste management and recycling; design of incinerators, composting facilities, and landfills used to treat and dispose of solid waste. Recommended prerequisite: CVEN 3414.


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