Dr. Ihab H. Farag


Research/Scholarly Activities

Environmental Engineering/Technology Research Activities

Dr. Farag professional and research efforts has focused on applied research and technology transfer to benefit industry in NH, nationwide and internationally. He has been active in Biofuels Projects, Biodiesel from microalgae, Pollution Prevention applications as evidenced by the experience and the success of the NH Pollution Prevention Partnership, the Partnership with EPA and the U.S. Coast Guard, projects with several industries addressing cleaner production, pollution prevention, risk screening, ISO 14000/ EMS, the cooperative effort with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) to organize chemical hazard and risk reduction workshops and offer training in EPCRA, CAMEO and ALOHA. Dr. Farag initiated and directed an EPA-sponsored pilot project on Compliance Leadership through Environmental Assessments and Negotiations - Pollution Prevention (CLEAN-P2) for metal finishers. He also directed a US-AEP project in Thailand to bring the concepts of sustainable and cleaner production to the Thai universities, government, and industry. He has initiated the International Pollution Prevention Partnership (IP3) in Thailand, and the Thai Cleaner Production/Pollution Prevention Internship (CP/P2I) Program. He has also worked closely with the European Pollution Prevention Roundtable, and has organized Cleaner Production study tours for groups from the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and Asia Pacific. He has initiated a joint US-Bulgaria NSF-sponsored project to characterize the biological treatment of industrial wastewater in an innovative three-phase fluidized bed reactor. He is currently directing a joint US EPA-UNH project to do technology transfer and technical support of the Pollution Prevention Assessment Framework (P2 Framework), which is a set of tools to do chemical risk assessment and screening in the absence of data. In addition, Dr. Farag is directing a joint program with US EPA to assess the persistence, bioaccumulation and toxicity  (PBT) of chemicals in the absence of data, and to support the OECD Tools for R&D Screening Initiative of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)'s Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Program

Collectively, these efforts focus on practical interventions to help industry to improve their operations in ways that reduce the volume and/or toxicity of waste, minimize hazards and risk. They typically include;

      1-   joint industry/government public/private partnerships or working groups,

      2-   creatively identifying measures which are in industry's interest to implement,

      3-   use of students, or employees seeking to establish an extra credential, to develop and implement realistic process modifications to achieve pollution reduction, risk reduction, energy efficiency, and

      4-   workshops hosted by industry to showcase successes. The result has been environmental improvements which often actually save money for industry. Performance is evaluated in terms of changes made, not paper proposals.  

Collaboration with Industry

Dr. Farag is directing a joint program with US EPA to assess the persistence, bioaccumulation and toxicity of chemicals in the absence of data. He has worked with over 90 facilities to address issues related to the persistence, bioconentration potential, and chronic toxicity of organic chemicals, in the absence of data.

Dr. Farag has also established the NH Pollution Prevention Internship Program. He was successful in securing funding from the US EPA and the NH DES to initiate the program. This program has served as a model for many other states.

Collaboration with Federal/State partners  

Dr. Farag has a strong record of partnering with Federal and State partners to do collaborative efforts. His funded projects (totalling over $1.8M) are mainly focused on pollution prevention, and risk screening and reduction. In addition, Dr Farag has initiated many projects to provide environmental assistance to small and medium size manufacturers in New Hampshire.  


The following appeared in Foster Democrat, Thu Dec. 29, 1994

last updated Sat Nov. 15, 2003