Kartik Chandran is a member of the 2012-2013 Board of Trustees for the Water Environment Federation (WEF), an international organization of water quality professionals headquartered in Alexandria, Va.
Kartik is currently an associate professor at Columbia University’s Henry Krumb School of Mines, Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering and director of the university’s Biomolecular Environmental Sciences (CUBES) program in New York, N.Y. His research interests include environmental and public health microbiology, sustainable wastewater treatment, global climate impacts of engineered wastewater treatment practice, environmental biotechnology, microbial ecology of engineered biological waste and water treatment reactors, novel molecular based biokinetic estimation tools, elucidation of microbial biochemical degradation pathways, bioprocess modeling and parameter identification for complex biotransformations.
Kartik has also held the positions of Research Associate for the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Blacksburg, Va.), Senior Technical Specialist for Metcalf and Eddy of New York, Inc., and a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow and Graduate Research Assistant at the University of Connecticut (Storrs, Conn.).
A WEF member since 1999, Kartik has held multiple leadership and committee roles within WEF. He served as the vice chair of the Program Committee’s Research Subcommittee, chair of Leading Edge Research Symposium Sessions for several WEFTECs (2001, 2006-2010) and as a member of the Research and Technical Practice Committees.
He is also an active member and/or is professionally affiliated with the American Society for Microbiology, Association of Environmental Engineering Science Professors, International Water Association, New York Academy of Sciences (invited), and New York Water Environment Association.
Kartik is a published author, reviewer, respected research supervisor, presenter/lecturer, and inventor and has received numerous awards and merits of recognition. He received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Roorkee, Uttarakhand, India and a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Connecticut.