Dr. Francis de los Reyes III, associate professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering, has been chosen as a 2009 TED Fellow. TED, a nonprofit organization, supports those with world-changing ideas. De los Reyes will attend the TEDGlobal conference in Mysore, India, in November.
De los Reyes, a teacher and researcher, is coordinator a nonprofit organization helping to lift developing countries out of poverty. His research and teaching focuses on wastewater treatment, engineering and microbiology of contaminant removal from solid and liquid wastes, and water and sanitation for developing countries. He has coordinated efforts to establish three villages in the Philippines, helping to rebuild the lives of 90 families.
He has received national and international awards for research, including the NSF Career Award. He has worked with municipalities and research institutions in the U.S., China, Montenegro and the Philippines as consultant and visiting scientist.