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Dr. Mark Elliott

Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering

In his research, Dr. Mark Elliott places emphasis on understanding the challenges and opportunities of water and sanitation engineering in resource-poor countries. His doctoral work was based around the biosand filter, a household-scale slow sand filter being used by roughly one million people, and focused on characterizing reductions of the major classes of pathogens, identifying… Read more about Dr. Mark Elliott

In The News: Composting toilets could be the way of the future

Big, black wasplike things living in your toilet may sound more like a horror scene than a sanitation solution … Often they do so because there are no sewer systems available, and the soil is so impermeable that traditional septic systems back up into people’s yards when it rains, said… Read more

Sources: ABC News

In The News: University of Alabama team look at untreated sewage issue

How much untreated sewage gets dumped in Alabama’s Black Belt? That’s the question a team of students and professors at the University of Alabama is trying to determine. Read more

Sources: Tuscaloosa News, USA Today, NBC 13 (Birmingham), Yellowhammer News, Alabama News Center, AL.com, Alabama Public Radio, U.S. News, 945 The Answer, Washington Times, Seattle Post Intelligencer, Beaumont Enterprise (Texas), Bristol Herald Courier (Virginia), WWLP 22 (Chicopee, Massachusetts), West Plains Daily Quill (New York), Municipal Water and Sewer Magazine, Al.com, Montgomery Advertiser

EPA Grant Assists in Understanding Wastewater Issues in Rural Alabama

With a grant from the federal Environmental Protection Agency, researchers from environmental engineering and geology will build a model to quantify the extent of untreated raw sewage discharges from homes throughout five counties in the Black Belt, an economically depressed region in the state. Read more

New SEC Program to Match Entrepreneurs, University Startups

The University of Alabama, along with the rest of the Southeastern Conference, is launching the Southeast Executives-on-Roster to broaden access to experienced entrepreneurial talent and to match that talent to university-affiliated startups in need of executive management. Read more

In The News: Doug Jones Thinks He’s Supposed To Be Here

“I literally had déjà vu the first time I stepped out of the van in one of these situations because it had the smell and the heat and the humidity — it was just like being in rural Vietnam or Cambodia or Haiti,” said Mark Elliot, who’s an engineering professor… Read more

Sources: Five Thirty Eight

In The News: Former Oconee resident works on septic system improvements in Alabama

Joe Booth, a former resident of Athens and Watkinsville, is participating in a project at the University of Alabama to develop new technology for septic systems to help homeowners in an area of Alabama known as the Black Belt. That area is notorious for septic problems due to the hard… Read more

Sources: Athens Banner-Herald

In The News: EPA Awards more than $28,000 in Grants to the University of Alabama for Innovative Technology Projects

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the University of Alabama would receive two grants totaling $28,909 to fund two Phase I student teams through the People, Prosperity, and the Planet (P3) grants program. Over $463,000 in funding is being provided by the program for 31 teams nationwide that… Read more

Sources: EPA.gov, NBC 13 (Birmingham)

In The News: Diseases of Poverty Identified in Alabama County Burdened by Poor Sanitation

In the poorest sections of the American South researchers are finding hookworm, dengue fever, and other parasites and viruses that are more commonly associated with developing countries or, in the United States, with the early years of the 20th century. . . . Failing septic systems and the use of… Read more

Sources: Circle of Blue