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James Alleman

James E. Alleman

Director – Master of Engineering (EnvE & StrE)

Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences

Teaching Professor
College of Engineering

Graduate (BS ('71), MS ('72), PhD ('78))
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences

Email: jalleman@nd.edu

Phone: 574-631-1265

Office: 176 Fitzpatrick Hall

Education

Ph.D, University of Notre Dame, 1978

MS, University of Notre Dame, 1972

BS Civil Engineering, University of Notre Dame, 1971


Biography

Dr. Alleman is a registered professional engineer in Indiana, and an American Society of Civil Engineering Fellow member. Having recently joined Notre Dame to direct the new CEEES department, Master of Engineering’ program in structural and environmental engineering, his prior career appointments sequentially included:  3 yrs - US Army Medical Service Corps (Okinawa, Japan), 4 yrs - University of Maryland, 23 yrs - Purdue University, 14 yrs - Iowa State University. Two additional international sabbatical and Fulbright Scholar faculty appointments were respectively completed at the University of Leeds (UK) and the Technical University of Crete (Greece), and he also served an additional year as a Jefferson Science Fellow with the US Department of State and USAID. The latter role notably included construction oversight on behalf of the US government for Chernobyl’s ‘new safe confinement’ arch facility. Dr. Alleman’s administrative roles include departmental chair leadership at Iowa State (6 yrs) and associate school head at Purdue (3 yrs), plus co-director oversight of Purdue’s NASA NSCORT Center for Advanced Life Support (2 yrs). His research interests cover the development, application, and assessment of sustainable, environmental engineering technologies for water, wastewater, and residuals management systems. Dr. Alleman extensive military, industrial, consulting, and academic experience covers a broad range of municipal and industrial environmental engineering management relative to both conventional and advanced technologies for pollutant and nutrient removal, including recalcitrant organics, nano-scale mercury removal, optimization of biological consortia, and energy-minimization strategies using appropriate sensor use and integrated control technologies.  Dr. Alleman has received three university-level teaching and research awards, plus he was a co-recipient of an American Consulting Engineers Council award connected with his design, construction, and installation of the computer-based control system used at one of the first automated wastewater treatment facilities built in the United States. Lastly, Dr. Alleman has advised 16 PhD and 50 MS recipients in connection with a $12+ million research portfolio.

Journal Papers

Houng, T.P, Alleman, J.E., Cetin, B., and Choi, S-G. (2019). “Engineering Properties for Bio-Cementation of Coarse- and Fine-Sand Catalyzed By Bacterial Cells and Bacterial Enzymes.” Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering (in press).

Choi, S.G., Hoang, T.P., Alleman, J.E., Chu, J. (2019). “Splitting Tensile Strength of Fiber-Reinforced and Biocemented Sand,” Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering (in press).

Houng, T.P, Alleman, J.E., Cetin, B., Ikuma, K., and Choi, S-G. (2019). “Sand and Silty Sand Soil Stabilization using Bacterial Enzyme Inducted Calcite Precipitation (BEICP). Canadian Geotechnical Journal (in press).

Alleman, J.E. (2017). "Reform, Don’t Eviscerate the USAID Program," Letter to Editor – The Wall Street Journal, 30 March. Date: 04/30/2019

Alleman, J.E. (2016). "Rebuttal: All Aboard the Infrastructure Boondoggle," Letter to Editor – The Wall Street Journal, 3 November.

Alleman, J.E., Sikkema, J.K., Taylor, P.C. (2016). “Approximation Assessment of Photocatalytic Air Cleaning Pavements.” Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Concrete Pavements, San Antonio, Texas, 28 August.

Alleman, J.E., Taylor, P.C., Ong, S.K., Sikkema, J.M. (2016). “Photocatalytic Concrete Pavement: Field and Lab Photocatalytic Air Cleaning Comparison.” Proceedings of the 11th Annual International Concrete Sustainability Conference, Washington DC – 5 May.

Sikkema, J.K., Ong, S-K, Alleman, J.E. (2015). “Photocatalytic concrete pavements: Laboratory investigation of NO oxidation rate under varied environmental conditions.” Construction and Building Materials, 100, 305-314.

Nambisan, S.S., Alleman, J.E., Larson, S.Q., Grogg, M.A. (2014). A Pilot Initiative in Iowa for an Intern Development and Management Program, Transportation Research Board Record, 35-44.

Alleman, J.E. (2014). “Activated Sludge Discovery: Key Technical and Human-Interest Aspects” Journal of the Institute of Waste Management, March.

Sikkema, J.K., Alleman, J.E., Cackler, T.E., Taylor, P., Bai, B., Ong, S.K., and Gopalakrishnan, K. (2014). “Photocatalytic Pavement: Fundamental and Pragmatic Technology Overview”, In Climate Change, Energy, Sustainability, and Pavements, Eds: Gopalakrishnan, K., Steyn, W., and Harvey, J., Springer, Inc., November.

Alleman, J.E. (2013). "Another Point of View RE: A Chemistry Breakthrough That Could Fuel a Revolution," Letter to Editor - The Wall Street Journal, 16 October.

Sikkema, J.K., Alleman, J.E., Ong, S.K., and Wheelock, T.D. (2012). “Mercury Regulation, Fate, Transport, Transformation, and Abatement Within Cement Manufacturing Facilities: Review,” Science of the Total Environment, 421, 21, 280-280.

Sikkema, J.K., Alleman, J.E., Ong, S.K., and Wheelock, T.D. (2011). “Mercury Regulation, Fate, Transport, Transformation, and Abatement Within Cement Manufacturing Facilities,” Science of the Total Environment, 409, 20, 4167-4178.

Blatchley, E.R. III, Gong, W.L., Alleman, J.E., et al. (2007). “Effects of Wastewater Disinfection on Waterborne Bacteria and Viruses,” Water Environment Research, 79, 1, 81-92.

Banks, M. K., Schwab, A. P., Alleman, J. A., Switzenbaum, M., Cofield, N., and J. Shalabi (2007). "Biosolids Amended Soils: Part I. Effect of Biosolids Application on Soil Quality and Ecotoxicity," Water Environment Research, 78, 11,  2217-2230.

Sears, K.M., Alleman, J.E., Barnard, J., and Oleszkiewicz, J.A. (2006). “Density and Activity Characterization of Activated Sludge Floc,” Journal of  the Environmental Engineering Division - ASCE , 132, 10, 1235-1242.

Sears, K.M., Alleman, J.E., Barnard, J., and Oleszkiewicz, J.A. (2005). “Feasibility of Using Ultrasonic Irradiation to Recover Active Biomass from Waste Activated Sludge,” Journal of Biotechnology , 19, 4, 389-399.

Sears, K.M., Alleman, J.E., Barnard, J., and Oleszkiewicz, J.A. (2004). “Impacts of Reduced Sulfide Compounds on Active and Resting Ammonia Oxidizers,” Journal of Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology , 31, 8, 369-378.

Gong, W.L., Sears, K.J., Alleman, J.E., and Blatchley, E.R. III. (2004). “Toxicity of Model Aliphatic Amines and Their Chlorinated Forms,” Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 23, 2, 239-244.

LaPara, T.M., Nakatsu, C. H., Pantea, L.M., and Alleman, J.E. (2002). “Stability of the Bacterial Communities Supported by a Seven-Stage Biological Process Treating Pharmaceutical Wastewater as Revealed by PCR-DGGE,” Water Research, 36, 6, 638-646.

Alleman, J.E. (2002). “FSWA-WPCF-WEF History: 1928-1940,” Water Environment Technology, 14, 34-38.

LaPara, T. M., Konopka, A., Nakatsu, C. H., and Alleman, J. E. (2001). “Thermophilic Aerobic Treatment of a Synthetic Wastewater in a Membrane-Coupled Bioreactor,” Journal of Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology, 26, 3, 203-209.

LaPara, T.M., Konopka, A. and Alleman, J.E. (2001). “Aerobic Biological Treatment of a Pharmaceutical Wastewater: Effect of Temperature on COD Removal and Bacterial Community Development,” Water Research, 35, 10, 4417-4425.

Guest, C.A., Johnston, C.T., King, J.J., Alleman, J.E., Tishmack, J.K., and Norton, L.D. (2001). “Chemical Characterization of Synthetic Soil from Composting Coal Combustion and Pharmaceutical By-Products,” Journal of Environmental Quality, 30, 1, 246-253.

LaPara, T. M., Konopka, A. Nakatsu, C. H., and Alleman, J. E. (2000). “Effects of Elevated Temperature on Bacterial Community Structure and Function in Bioreactors Treating a Synthetic Wastewater,” Journal of Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology, 24, 2, 140-145.

LaPara, T. M., Nakatsu, C. H., Pantea, L.M., and Alleman, J. E. (2000). “Phylogenetic Analysis of Bacterial Communities in Mesophilic and Thermophilic Bioreactors Treating Pharmaceutical Wastewater,” Applied Environmental Microbiology, 66, 9, 3951-3959. 

LaPara, T.M., Alleman, J.E., and Pope, P. G. (2000). “Miniaturized Closed Reflux, Colorimetric Method for the Determination of Chemical Oxygen Demand,” Waste Management, 20, 295-298. 

LaPara, T.M., Konopka, A. and Alleman, J.E. (2000). “Energy Spilling by Thermophilic Aerobes During Potassium-Limited Culture,” Water Research, 34, 10, 2723-2726.

LaPara, T.M., Konopka, A., Nakatsu, C.H., and Alleman, J.E. (2000). “Thermophilic Aerobic Wastewater Treatment in Continuous-Flow Bioreactors,” Journal of Environmental Engineering, ASCE, 126, 8, 739-744.

LaPara, T.M. and Alleman, J.E. (1999).  "Thermophilic Aerobic Biological Wastewater Treatment," Water Research, 33, 895-908. 

Partridge, B.K., Alleman, J.E., Fox, P.J., and Mast, D.G., "Field Demonstration of Highway Embankment Construction Using Waste Foundry Sand," Transportation Research Record, Journal of the Transportation Research Board - 1670, 98-105, 1999.

Bastian, K.C. and Alleman, J.E., "Microtox Characterization of Foundry Sand Residuals," Waste Management, 18, 227-234, 1998.

Blatchley, E.R. III, Hunt, B.A., Duggirala, R., Thompson, J.E., Zhao, J., Halaby, T., Cowger, R.L., Straub, C.M., and Alleman, J.E., (1997). "Effects of Disinfectants on Wastewater Effluent Toxicity," Water Research, 31, 1581-1588. 

Partridge, B.K., Alleman, J.E., and Huber, B.W. (1997).  "Perspectives on Liability for Constructive Reuse of High Volume Waste Streams," Transportation Research Record, Journal of the Transportation Research Board - 1577, 109-117.

Alleman, J.E. and Mossman, B. (1997).   "Asbestos Revisited," Scientific American, 277, 1, 70-75.

Fox, J.P., Mast, D.G., Partridge, B.K., and Alleman, J.E. (1997). "Salvaged Sand, ASCE - Civil Engineering, 67,11, 53-55.

Blatchley E.R., Bastian, C., Duggirala, R., Alleman, J.E., Moore, M., and Schuerch, P. (1996).   "Ultraviolet irradiation and chlorination/dechlorination for municipal wastewater disinfection: Assessment of performance limitations." Research Journal of the Water Environment Federation, 68, 2, 194-204.

Vesilind, P.A. and Alleman, J.E.(1995). "Academic Genealogy in Environmental Engineering," AAEE Environmental Engineer, 31, 4, 12-24.

Alleman, J.E., Kim, B.J., Quivey, D.M., and Equihua, L.O. (1995).   "Alkaline Hydrolysis of Munitions-Grade Nitrocellulose." Water Quality International, 5, 55-63.

Saraswat, N., Alleman, J.E., and Smith, T.J. (1994).   "Enzyme Labelled Immunoassay Detection of Nitrosomonas." Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 60, 1969-1973. 

Arbuckle, W.R. and Alleman, J.E. (1992). "Effluent Toxicity Testing Using Nitrifiers and MicrotoxTM," Journal of the Water Environment Federation, 64, 263-267.

Yang, L.R. and Alleman, J.E., (1992).  "Investigation of Batchwise Nitrite Build-Up by an Enriched Nitrification Culture," Water Science and Technology, 26, 5-6, 997-1007,

Alleman, J.E. and Kim, B.J. (1992).  "KISS Your PLC," ISA Transactions - 1992: Water and Wastewater Treatment, Automation, Instrumentation, and Control, 31, 131-137. 

Blatchley, E.R., Johnson, R.O., Alleman, J.E., and McCoy, W. (1991).   "Effective Henry's Law Constants for Free Chlorine and Free Bromine," Water Research, 26, 99-106. 

Sweeney, M.W., Quinn, T.J., and Alleman, J.E. (1991). "Vocalized Integration of Computerized Wastewater Operations," Water Science & Technology, 23, 6, 88-94. 

Alleman, J.E., Bryan, E.H., Stumm, T.A., Marlow, W.W. and Hocevar, R.C. (1990). "Sludge-Amended Brick Production: Applicability for Metal-Laden Residues." Water Science and Technology, 22, 12, 309-317. 

Sweeney, M.W., Alleman, J.E., and Quinn, T.J. (1989). "The World's Only On-Line Talking Wastewater Treatment Plant," Water Environment Technology, 1, 306-311. 

Preston, K.T., Rienhart, T.L., Alleman, J.E., Sweeney, M.W., and Quinn, T.J. (1989).   "Discussion: Colorado's Biomonitoring Requirements: A Blueprint for the Future, " Water Environment & Technology, 1, 441. 

Alleman, J.E., "Beneficial Use of Sludge in Building Products: Part II - Full-Scale Production of Sludge Amended Bricks," Interbrick, 5, 1, 28-32. 

Alleman, J.E., Sweeney, M.W., and Kamber, D.M., "Automation of Batch Wastewater Treatment Facility Using Programmable Logic Controllers," Water Science and Technology, 21,  1271-1282. 

Alleman, J.E., Keramida, V., and Pantea-Kiser, L. (1987).  "Light Induced Nitrosomonas Inhibition," Water Research, 21, 499-502. 

Alleman, J.E. (1987). "Vorteilhafte  Nutzung von Klarschlammen fur Bauprodukte. I: Allgemeine Ubersicht und Technischer Hintergrund," Interbrick, 3, 2, 14-18. 

Alleman, J.E. (1987). "Catalytic Water Conditioning: Fact or Fantasy," Water Conditioning and Purification, 29, 6, 20-22. 

Engelder, C.L., Alleman, J.E., Scholze, R.J., Jr., and Smith, E.D. (1986).   "Innovative Airflow Design for Compost Toilets, " Biocycle, 27, 9, 40-41. 

Alleman, J.E., Russell, E.K., Sherrard, J.H., Kennedy, M.S., Weber, A.S., and Mines, R.O. (1986).   "Activated Sludge,"  Journal of the Water Pollution Control Federation, 58, 490-501. 

Alleman, J.E. (1985). "Elevated  Occurrence of Nitrite in Biological Wastewater Treatment Systems," Water Science & Technology, 17, 409-419.  

Weber, A.S., Russell, E.K., Alleman, J.E., Sherrard, J.H., Mines, R.O., and Kennedy, M.S. (1985).   "Activated Sludge,"  Journal of the Water Pollution Control Federation, 57, 517-526. 

Alleman, J.E. Russell, E.K., Lantz, W.L., Jr., and Wukasch, R.F. (1985). "Biofilm  Cryopreparation for Scanning Electron Microscopy," Water Research, 19, 1073-1078.  

Geiger, E.L., Wheaton, F.W., Brinsfield,  R.B., and Alleman, J.E. (1985). "Biological Treatment of Crab Processing Plant Wastewater,"  Journal of the Water Pollution Control Federation, 57, 1128-1133. 

Alleman, J.E., Kennedy, M.S., Mines, R.O., Weber, A.S., and Sherrard, J.H. (1984). "Activated Sludge,"  Journal of the Water Pollution Control Federation, 56, 568-577. 

Alleman, J.E. and Berman, N.A. (1984). "Constructive Sludge Management: Biobrick," ASCE Journal of the Environmental Engineering Division, 110, 301-311. 

Sherrard, J.H., Mines, R.O., Alleman, J.E. and Kennedy, M.S. (1983). "Activated Sludge,"  Journal of the Water Pollution Control Federation, 55, 615-622. 

Alleman, J.E. (1983). "Yesteryear Evolution of Activated Sludge Treatment," Civil Engineering for Practicing and Design Engineers, 2, 19-31. 

Alleman, J.E. and Prakasam, T.B.S. (1983). "Reflections on Seven Decades of Activated Sludge History," Journal of the Water Pollution Control Federation, 55, 436-443. 

Alleman, J.E., Smith, D.A. and Sherrard, J.H. (1982). "Activated Sludge,"  Journal of the Water Pollution Control Federation, 54, 599-610. 

Alleman, J.E., Veil, J.A., and Canaday, J.T. (1982). "Scanning Electron Microscope Evaluation of Rotating Biological Contactor Biofilm," Water Research, 16, 543-550.

Sherrard, J.H. and Alleman, J.E. (1981). "Activated Sludge,"  Journal of the Water Pollution Control Federation, 53, 700-709.  

Alleman, J.E. and Sherrard, J.H. (1980). "Activated Sludge," Journal of the Water Pollution Control Federation, 52, 1161-1177,.  

Alleman, J.E. and Price, P.S. (1980).  "A Synopsis of Perspectives on the Innovative and  Alternative Technology Program," Journal of the Water Pollution Control Federation, 52, 460-464. 

Irvine, R.L., Alleman, J.E.,  Miller, G., and Dennis, R.W. (1980). "Stoichiometry  and Kinetics of Biological Waste Treatment," Journal of the Water Pollution Control Federation, 52, 1997-2006. 

Alleman, J.E. (1980). "Contemporary Process Alternatives for Biological Nitrogen Removal,"  AIChE Research Symposium Series-Water 1979, 76, 241-245. 

Alleman, J.E. and Irvine, R.L. (1980). "Storage-Induced Denitrification Using Sequencing Batch Reactor Operation," Water Research, 14, 1483-1488.

Alleman, J.E. and Irvine, R.L. (1980). "Nitrification in the Sequencing Batch Reactor," Journal of the Water Pollution Control Federation, 52, 2747-2754. 

Alleman, J.E. and Irvine, R.L. (1979). "Nitrogen Removal  from Wastewater Using Sequencing Batch Reactor Design," AIChE Research Symposium Series-Water 1978, 75, 181-185.  

Alleman, J.E., Kamber, D.M., Whang, J.S., and Rydland, L.N. (1979). "Programmable Controller Application to Innovative Wastewater Treatment Design," Journal of Civil Engineering Design, 3, 287-304.