Ihab H. Farag, Professor, Chemical Engineering. He was the 2001-2004 Hamel Professor of Technology and Innovation and Technology, and the 1998-2001 Robert C. Davison Professor of Environmental technology at UNH. He initiated the Biodiesel Group at UNH, Bio-Oil Team and the N.H. Pollution Prevention Partnership, and the Pollution Prevention Internship Program. He has initiated the International Pollution Prevention Partnership (IP3) in Thailand. He is a NOAA certified CAMEO/ALOHA instructor. Dr. Farag conducts research, technical support, technology transfer, and training in pollution prevention (P2), chemical risk screening, and evaluation of the PBT (persistence, bioaccumulation, and toxicity) potential of chemicals in the absence of data, Biodiesel Applications, Bio-Oil Applications and Assessments, municipal buildings benchmarking for Energy Use, chemical accident prevention, waste minimization, fluidization, continuous air monitoring, chemical emergency preparedness in response to Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act (EPCRA), and process simulation. He organized several annual New Hampshire Pollution Prevention and Homeland Security Conferences.
Dr. Farag received many prestigious awards. These include:
The U.S. Coast Guard Meritorious Commendation, 1995,
U.S. EPA Certificate of Appreciation, 1997,
The Robert C. Davison Professorship in Environmental Engineering at UNH (1998-2001),
The Hamel Professorship for Innovation and Technology (2001- 2004).
U.S. EPA Environmental Merit Award, Earth Day, Thu April 22, 2004, presented to the New Hampshire Pollution Prevention Internship Program in recognition of its exceptional work and commitment to the environment.
Most Valuable Pollution Prevention (MVP2) Award, National Pollution Prevention Roundtable, and the US House of Representatives, Committee on Science, Thu Sept. 23, 2004, presented to the New Hampshire Pollution Prevention Internship Program.
Excellence in International Engagement, University of New Hampshire faculty Excellence Award, Nov. 2004.
Most Valuable Pollution Prevention (MVP2) Honorable mention Award, National Pollution Prevention Roundtable, and the US House of Representatives, Committee on Science, Sept.2006, presented to the New Hampshire Pollution Prevention Internship Program.
He received several outstanding teaching awards. These include:
The MIT Goodwin Medal,
MIT Everett Moore Baker Award,
UNH Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award, and
The Tau-Beta-Pi Engineering Honor Society Outstanding Teacher Award at UNH.
Farag has been very active in Biofuel Projects with a
focus on Biodiesel from Algae. He has been active in international
environmental engineering, pollution prevention, chemical risk screening in the
absence of data, energy efficiency applications, and chemical emergency
preparedness and prevention. Some
- Member of the NH Biodiesel Comission
- Established the Pollution Prevention
Internship Program. More than 120 students have been placed at NH
industries. Program was featured in
several publications, and has saved companies over $3.2 million.
- Initiated the International Pollution
Prevention Partnership (IP3) with Thailand, and the Pollution
Prevention/Cleaner Production Internship in Thailand. Over 100 Thai students
have been trained, and over thirty Thai student interns have been placed at
- Performed environmental screening at
several facilities. Assembled environmental assessment teams.
- Initiated and supported the Compliance Leadership through Environmental Assessments and Negotiations - Pollution Prevention (CLEAN-P2) Program in New Hampshire (joint program with US EPA and NH DES)
- Developed a training program in pollution
prevention, and trained both U.S. and International participants.
- Conducted International Workshops on
Cleaner Production, Environmental Screening, Pollution Prevention, and ISO
- Worked with the NH Air Resources Division
on setting up a continuous monitoring station for the VOC precursors of ozone,
in response to the 1990 Clean Air Act.
- Testified at the NH Senate and House on
Bills related to Pollution Prevention and other environmental regulations.
- NOAA Certified CAMEO Instructor, with extensive experience in CAMEO, MARPLOT and ALOHA training.
- Initiated a partnership with the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Coast Guard to address Pollution
Prevention, waste minimization, reduction of fugitive emissions, and the
Emergency Planning and Community Right To Know Act (EPCRA) issues at the Coast
- Working with EPA and the Federal Emergency
Management Agency (FEMA) to address preparedness, prevention and emergency
response to chemicals releases.
- Organized a 1995 workshop in Honolulu, Hawaii to increase awareness of pollution prevention concepts among university students and faculties of disciplines with the largest impact on the construction industry. Co-sponsored by EPA and the Hawaii Department of Health. http://www.epa.gov/enviroed/grants/NH02.htm
- Organized the conference, "Changing
the Course of Production: A Student-Faculty Conference on Pollution Prevention
in Manufacturing & Services," October 22-23, 1994 at Massachusetts
Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA.
- Participated in Pollution Prevention/Waste
Minimization/Environmental Assessment projects at several companies, e.g.,
Westinghouse, Syntex, Digital Equipment, Hadco Corporation, General Electric Co, Granite State
Plating, Franklin Electroplating, Nashua Corporation, L.W. Packard, Polyclad Laminates Inc., Textron Automotive Interiors, Janco P/C, Aspen Technology, Ferrofluidics,
- Invited to talk about Pollution Prevention
at several meetings and seminars.
- Initiated, organized, and chaired the
annual NH Pollution Prevention Conferences (1993-2001) addressing
"Practical Solutions for Waste Management Problems."
- Participated in pollution
prevention/on-site technical assessment at chemical, electroplating, computer
manufacturing, and pharmaceutical facilities.
- Founding member of the Pollution Prevention
Consortium of New England Universities.
- Invited by the HazCom
conference to organize training on Environmental Engineering.
- Appeared on WZNN 930 AM, WSTG 102.1 FM, and
WMUR TV Channel 9 to discuss Pollution Prevention.
- Was profiled in the March 1993 issue of the
Waste Minimization and Recycling Report.
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