Zhiyong Jason Ren
Professor - on leave
Environmental Engineering


  • Ph.D The Pennsylvania State University, 200

Honors and Distinctions:

  • 2017 Nanova/CAPEES Frontier in Research Award
  • 2017 The Michael Kavanaugh’s Best Podium Award in AEESP2017
  • 2017 Research Development Award, Department of Civil, Environmental, Architectural Engineering
  • 2016 Distinguished Service Award, Chinese-American Professor Association in Environmental Engineering and Science
  • 2015 New Inventor of the Year Award, University of Colorado Technology Transfer Office
  • 2015 Research Development Award, Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering
  • 2012 Excellence in Review Award, Environmental Science & Technology (ES&T)
  • 2012 University Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Work, UCD
  • 2012 Outstanding Faculty in Research Award, College of Engineering and Applied Science, UCD
  • 2012 Chang Junior Faculty Achievement Award, College of Engineering and Applied Science, UCD
  • 2012 (Faculty Advisor) Graduate School Outstanding Ph.D Dissertation Award (Wang)
  • 2012 (Faculty Advisor) Civil Engineering Department Outstanding Graduate Award (Wang)
  • 2012  (Faculty Advisor) DOE New Venture Challenge Competition 2nd Place Award (Forrestal)
  • 2010 (Faculty co-advisor) Student Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Activities (Rhodes)
  • 2007 Student Research Award, Pennsylvania Water Environment Association (PWEA)
  • 2007 Student Research Travel Grant Award, American Society of Microbiology (ASM)
  • 2007 Summer Fellowship, Center for Environmental Chemistry and Geochemistry, PSU-NSF
  • 2004-2006 College of Engineering Graduate Student Fellowship, PS

Professional Affiliations:

  • International Water Association (IWA)
  • American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • American Society for Microbiology (ASM)
  • Water Environment Federation (WEF)
  • Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP)
  • Chinese-American Professors in Environmental Engineering and Science (CAPEES)
  • International Society of Microbial Electrochemical Technologies (ISMET)

Professional Interests

  • Microbial Fuel Cells and Bioelectrochemical Systems (BESs)
  • Bioenergy and Bioresource Recovery from Wastewater and Biomass
  • Water Desalination and Deionization Systems
  • System Development for Water and Energy Applications
  • Environmental Remediation, Water and Wastewater Treatment
  • Flowback and Produced Water Treatment and Reuse
  • Environmental Sustainability