Batchelor appointed Gregory Chair

Dr. Bill Batchelor, professor in the Coastal and Ocean Engineering Division of the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University, has been appointed holder of the R.P. Gregory '32 Chair.

Batchelor's focus is in environmental engineering. He teaches courses in applied numerical methods, introduction to environmental engineering, theory of treatment processes, chemical processes in environmental engineering and remediation of contaminated sites.

His research has covered a wide range of topics in treatment of water, wastewater, hazardous wastes and contaminated sites using physical, chemical and biological techniques. Although this research has covered a range of chemical, physical and biological methods, it has maintained a strong focus on innovation. Novel treatment methods developed in this research include autotrophic denitrification, inorganic oxide adsorbents, rapid haloform formation potential, ultra-high lime softening, ultra-high lime with aluminum treatment, biostrip process, stochastic risk assessment of bioremediation, degradative solidification-stabilization, and advanced reduction processes.

Batchelor joined the Texas A&M faculty in 1976. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Rice University and a Ph.D. in sanitary engineering from Cornell University.

He is a member of the American Chemical Society, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Water Works Association, the Association of Environmental Engineering Professors and the Water Environment Federation. Among his honors are being named an Environmental Science and Engineering Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; the Harrison Prescott Eddy Medal, awarded by Water Pollution Control Federation for "Outstanding research contributing in an important degree to the existing knowledge of the fundamental principles of wastewater treatment"; and the Association of Environmental Engineering Professors Engineering Science Inc. Award for best thesis relevant to environmental engineering practice.

He is a registered professional engineer in Texas and holds two U.S. patents.