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Center Director and Professor

Bruce Rittmann

Center Director and Professor, Biodesign Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology

Dr. Bruce Rittmann, Ph.D., is the director of the Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University and is also a Regents' Professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering and Built Environment.  He joined ASU in January 2005.

An international leader in managing microbial communities, Dr. Rittmann's work is leading to new ways to clean up pollution, treat water and wastewater, capture renewable energy, and improve human health.

The membrane biofilm reactor (MBfR), a technology that Dr. Rittmann invented, uses naturally occurring microorganisms to remove contaminants such as perchlorate and tricloroethene from water.  He holds five patents on the technology, which is being commercialized by APTwater, Inc.

Dr. Rittmann is at the lead of ASU teams using two innovative approaches to renewable bioenergy:  using anaerobic microbes to convert biomass to useful energy forms, such as methane, hydrogen, or electricity; and using photosynthetic bacteria that can capture sunlight to produce new biomass that can be turned into liquid fuels, like diesel or jet fuel.

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Megan Altizer
Megan Altizer
Grad Research Associate
Sch Sustain Engr & Built Envrn
Graduate Student
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Sarah Arrowsmith
Sarah Arrowsmith
Research Lab Coordinator
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Treavor Boyer
Treavor Boyer
Assoc Professor
Sch Sustain Engr & Built Envrn
Faculty Member
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Francisco Brown Munoz
Francisco Brown Munoz
External Collaborator
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Steffen Buessecker
Steffen Buessecker
Grad Research Associate
School Of Earth & Space Explor
Graduate Student
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Hinsby Cadillo-Quiroz
Hinsby Cadillo-Quiroz
Assoc Professor
Sols Administration & Faculty
Associate Faculty
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Diana Calvo Martinez
Diana Calvo Martinez
Graduate Research Assistant
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Neng Iong Chan
Neng Iong Chan
Grad Service Assistant
Sols Graduate Programs
Graduate Student
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Debbie Chang
Debbie Chang
Student Research Aide
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Tengfei Chen
Tengfei Chen
Graduate Student
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Samihan Dani
Samihan Dani
High School Volunteer
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Taylor Davis
Taylor Davis
Graduate Research Assistant
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Anca Delgado
Anca Delgado
Asst Professor
Sch Sustain Engr & Built Envrn
Faculty Member
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Rebecca Dietz
Rebecca Dietz
Undergraduate
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Blake Dirks
Blake Dirks
Graduate Research Assistant
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Graduate Student
Biodesign Fundamental & Applie
Everett Eustance
Everett Eustance
Asst Research Scientist (FSC)
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Carole Flores
Carole Flores
Financial Manager
KE Biodesign Institute Finance
Staff
Biodesign CAT
Staff
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Staff
Research Operations
Samuel Greenberg
Samuel Greenberg
Student Worker V
Community Assistant - Engineering - Tooker House - Res Life Community Assistants
Undergraduate
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Caitlyn Hall
Caitlyn Hall
Grad Research Associate
Sch Sustain Engr & Built Envrn
Graduate Student
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Steven Hart
Steven Hart
Grad Research Assistant
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Ethan Howley
Ethan Howley
Grad Research Associate
Sch Sustain Engr & Built Envrn
Graduate Student
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Ibrahim Ibrahim
Ibrahim Ibrahim
Student Worker III
SSEBE CBBG
Undergraduate
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Neha Jagtap
Neha Jagtap
Asst Research Technolgst (FSC)
Sch Sustain Engr & Built Envrn
Graduate Student
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Brielle Januszewski
Brielle Januszewski
Grand Challenge Scholars Program
ENGR Undergrad Res Initiative
Undergraduate
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Sayalee Joshi
Sayalee Joshi
Grad Research Associate
Sch Sustain Engr & Built Envrn
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Merielle Kalos
Merielle Kalos
Administrative Associate
Research Operations
Staff
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Staff
Biodesign BSS
Dae Wook Kang
Dae Wook Kang
External Collaborator
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Dong Won Ki
Dong Won Ki
External Collaborator
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown
Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown
Professor
Sch Sustain Engr & Built Envrn
Faculty Member
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Richard Kupferer
Richard Kupferer
Graduate Research Assistant
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Yen-Jung Lai
Yen-Jung Lai
Assistant Research Scientist
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Juliana Levi
Juliana Levi
Grad Research Associate
Dean's Fellow ENGR 18/19 - SSEBE NEWT
Graduate Student
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Carlos Leyva
Carlos Leyva
Engineer Associate
Future H2O
Staff
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Yuanzhe Liu
Yuanzhe Liu
Grad Research Assistant
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Min LONG
Min LONG
External Collaborator
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Yihao Luo
Yihao Luo
Graduate Research Assistant
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Bradley Lusk
Bradley Lusk
External Collaborator
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Andrew Marcus
Andrew Marcus
Assistant Research Professor
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Allison McCaw
Allison McCaw
External Collaborator
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Magdaleno Meza
Magdaleno Meza
Undergraduate
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Evelyn Miranda
Evelyn Miranda
Graduate Student
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Srivatsan Mohana Rangan
Srivatsan Mohana Rangan
Grad Research Associate
Sch Sustain Engr & Built Envrn
Graduate Student
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Lincoln Mtemeri
Lincoln Mtemeri
Tutor
UASP Tempe
Undergraduate
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Steven Nguyen
Steven Nguyen
Undergraduate
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Gandhar Pandit
Gandhar Pandit
Student Research Aide
Sols Administration & Faculty
Undergraduate
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Isaias Peraza
Isaias Peraza
Graduate Service Assistant
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Shefali Rao
Shefali Rao
Student Worker III
SSEBE CBBG
Graduate Student
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Hannah Ray
Hannah Ray
Grad Research Associate
Sch Sustain Engr & Built Envrn
Graduate Student
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Urusha Regmi
Urusha Regmi
Graduate Student
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Mark Reynolds
Mark Reynolds
Grad Service Assistant
Sols Graduate Programs
Graduate Student
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Uranus Richard
Uranus Richard
Grad Research Associate
Dean's Fellow ENGR 17/18 - Sch Sustain Engr & Built Envrn
Graduate Student
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Bruce Rittmann
Bruce Rittmann
Regents Professor
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Center Director
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Aide Robles
Aide Robles
Student Worker IV
Sch Sustain Engr & Built Envrn
Graduate Student
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Daniella Saetta
Daniella Saetta
Grad Research Associate
Sch Sustain Engr & Built Envrn
Graduate Student
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Analissa Sarno
Analissa Sarno
Grad Teaching Assistant
Sols Graduate Programs
Graduate Student
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Graduate Student
Biodesign Fundamental & Applie
Matthew Scholz
Matthew Scholz
Program Manager
ASU Wrigley Institute
Staff
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Carli Severson
Carli Severson
Lab Aide
School of Molecular Sciences
Undergraduate
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Tarun Shesh
Tarun Shesh
Volunteer
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Thiago Stangherlin Barbosa
Thiago Stangherlin Barbosa
Grad Teaching Associate
Sch Sustain Engr & Built Envrn
Graduate Student
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Robert Stirling
Robert Stirling
Research Technologist (FSC)
Sch Sustain Engr & Built Envrn
External Collaborator
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Benjamin Stryszko
Benjamin Stryszko
Undergraduate
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Cesar Torres
Cesar Torres
Assoc Professor
Sch Engr Matter Trnsprt Energy
Faculty Member
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Burcu Yavuz
Burcu Yavuz
Grad Research Associate
Sch Sustain Engr & Built Envrn
Graduate Student
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Michelle Young
Michelle Young
Postdoctoral Research Scholar
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Diana Zermeno
Diana Zermeno
Student Worker III
SSEBE CBBG
Undergraduate
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Chenwei Zheng
Chenwei Zheng
Undergraduate
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Chen Zhou
Chen Zhou
Asst Research Professor (FSC)
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology