Curriculum Vita      
           
    Dragoljub D. Bilanovic      
    Center for Environmental, Earth, and Space Studies      
    Sattgast Hall 107, 1500 Birchmont Dr. NE.      
    Bemidji State University, Bemidji, MN 56601, U.S.A.      
    Phone (218) 755 2801           Fax (218) 755 4109      
    Email dbilanovic@bemidjistate.edu      
    http://faculty.bemidjistate.edu/dbilanovic/      
           
           
  Academic Training      
           
    D.Sc. & M.Sc. in Environmental Science from the Department of Environmental and Water Resources Engineering, TECHNION Israel Institute of Technology the best school on the planet and the surrounding universe    
       
    B.Sc. in Chemistry and Biochemical Engineering from the Department of Chemistry  Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, University of Sarajevo, Bosna and Hercegovina    
       
    Post Graduate Studies at the Forschungszentrum Jülich  in der Helmholtz Gemeinschaft, Jülich, Germany      
           
           
  RESEARCH Interest      
           
    *Bioprocesses and Biotechnologies (environmental and industrial): a) cultivation of micro algae for CO2 sequestering, production of building-block chemicals, pharmaceuticals, biopolymers, fuels, feeds, elimination of air pollution, and wastewater treatment and reuse, b) bio-refining of high value chemicals using renewable raw-materials and by-products of agro-food-forestry complex, c) development and modeling of microbial processes and bio-reactors for green/sustainable production of biomass, chemicals, and energy.      
       
       
    * Colloid and Green Chemistry: a) adsorption, coagulation, flocculation, and self-aggregation in natural and constructed environments of different salinity, b) minerals and bio-polymers in construction of meso-aggregates, nano-particles, and geo-materials, c) sol-gel technology in adsorption, controlled release of chemicals, photo-catalysis, and environmental monitoring.    
       
       
    * Environmental and Geo-microbiology: a) autotrophic and heterotrophic microbial populations (axenic or mixed) in mineral weathering, mobilization of nutrients and pollutants, bio-mineralization and minimization of anthropogenic perturbations of bio-geochemical cycles, b) stability and transport of bio-colloids and colloids in waters and soils.    
    * Waters: a) chemistry and microbiology, b) development of chemical, microbiological and physico-chemical processes, probes and treatments, c) water-borne colloids, colloidal aggregates, bio-films and bio-fouling, d) reclamation of wastewaters, surface and brackish/saline waters.    
       
           
  Professional Experience      
           
    2006 - Present Tenured professor at the Center for Environmental, Earth and Space Studies, Bemidji State University, Bemidji, Minnesota, U.S.A.    
    2000 - 2006  Associate professor at the Center for Environmental, Earth and Space Studies, Bemidji State University, Bemidji, Minnesota, U.S.A.    
    1998 - 2000 Assistant professor at the Department of Biological Sciences, Henson School of Science and Technology, Salisbury University, Salisbury, Maryland, U.S.A.    
       
    1996 - 1998 Researcher and co-adviser at the Department of Environmental and Water Resource Engineering, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel.    
       
    1994 - 1996   Researcher and co-adviser at the Faculty of Agricultural Engineering, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel.    
    1993 - 1994   Visiting professor and co-adviser at the Department d'Enginyeria Quimica I Metal.lurgia Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain.    
       
    1990 - 1993   Researcher and co-adviser at the Institut für Biotechnologie 3 (now Institut für Chemie und Dynamik der Geosphäre) of the Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Jülich, Germany.    
       
    1987 - 1991 Consultant with "Energoinvest", Sarajevo, Bosna -Hercegovina.      
    1987 - 1990 Cooperate investigator and research assistant at the Department of Environmental Engineering and Water Resources, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel.    
       
    1986 - 1987 Teaching assistant and researcher at the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada.    
       
    1985 - 1986 Guest researcher at the Department of Environmental Engineering and Water Resources, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel.    
       
    1983 - 1990  Consultant with "UPI" (food conglomerate) Sarajevo, Bosna-Hercegovina.      
    1983 - 1985  Research assistant at the Department of Environmental Engineering and Water Resources, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel.    
       
    1982 - 1983  Chemist with "Jugoinspekt" Quality Control Agency, Sarajevo, Bosna- Hercegovina.      
    1982 - 1983  Environmental quality inspector for "Municipality of Novo - Sarajevo", Sarajevo, Bosna-Hercegovina.      
    1979 - 1983  Chemist  with Stomatological Faculty, University of Sarajevo, Sarajevo, Bosna i Hercegovina.      
    1979 - 1982  Chemist with "Hemijski Institut" Sarajevo, Bosna i Hercegovina.      
    1979 - 1980  Research assistant with Radiochemical Laboratory of Department of Chemistry , Faculty of Natural Science and Mathematics, University of Sarajevo, Bosna i Hercegovina.    
       
    1978 - 1980   Teaching and research assistant at the Department of Chemistry and research assistant with the Radiochemical Laboratory of the Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, University of Sarajevo, Bosna- Hercegovina.      
         
           
  Recognitions      
           
    Bemidji State University Foundation Enhancement Grant, Bemidji, Minnesota      
    Henson Enhancement Grant, Salisbury State University, Salisbury, Maryland      
    Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel - Postdoctoral Fellowship      
    Visiting Professor Fellowship from the Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain.      
    Guest Researcher Fellowship from the Forschungszentrum Jülich in der Helmholtz Gemeinschaft, Germany - Postdoctoral Fellowship.    
    Ben Gurion award for D.Sc. thesis from the Histardut fund for encouragement of research  Tel Aviv, Israel    
    University of Western Ontario graduate scholarship, London, Ontario, Canada.    
    Belle Bernstein graduate scholarship, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel      
    Isidore and Minnie D. Koenigsberg graduate scholarship, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel      
    Krantzberg Fund graduate scholarship, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel      
    Ralph Levits graduate scholarship, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel      
    Mailman Foundation graduate scholarship, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel.      
    Professional Improvement Grant, Bemidji State University, Bemidji, Minnesota      
           
  Research ProjectS IN THE U.S.A.      
    Principal Investigator (2001 - Present) Long Term Stability of Microbial Nitrifying / Photosynthetic Consortium, funded by Minnesota Space Grant Consortium, Minneapolis, MN,  and CEESS - BSU.    
       
       
    Principal Investigator (2006 – Present) Stability and Aging of Nano and Meso Aggregates in Clay – Polymer Systems. Funded by BSU Foundation and Minnesota Space Grant Consortium, Minneapolis, MN    
       
       
    Co-principal Investigator (2009 - 2012) Clearwater River Dissolved Oxygen Impairment Evaluation. Funded by Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.    
       
    Principal Investigator and Project Director (2005 - 2009) Bio-conversion of Potato Waste into Marketable Biopolymers Funded by Legislative Commission on Minnesota Resources, St.Paul, MN.    
       
    Co-principal Investigator (2004-2009) North Dakota Endangered Species Protection Program Modeling and Database Development Project., Funded by North Dakota Department of Agriculture. Bismarck, ND    
       
    Principal Investigator 2004 - 2006 Subsurface Flow Filtration Pilot Plant for the Enhancement of Undergraduate and Graduate Laboratory Practice in Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology.Funded by CTL – MnSCU, Bush Foundation, and CEESS - BSU.    
       
    Principal Investigator 2003-2004 Water Quality Screening for the Northern Township at the Premises of Henley’s Auto Salvage. funded by Northern Township and CEESS - BSU.    
       
    Co-organizer 2003 "New Approaches and Techniques for Teaching Science: Addressing Environmental Problems to Stimulate Undergraduate Learning." Summer Workshop at Bemidji State University, funded by National Science Foundation.    
       
    Co-principal investigator 2000 - 2002 "Pine Island Bog Horticultural Peat Development Koochiching County, MN, Environmental Impact Statement." funded by Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.    
       
    Co-investigator 2000 - 2002 "A Field-Oriented Study Site for Undergraduate and Graduate Students in Hydrology - Learning by Doing Grant" funded by CTL – MnSCU and Bush Foundation.    
       
Principal Investigator 2000 - 2001 "Harvesting Microalgae by Flocculation." funded by Henson Foundation Enhancement Grant and Salisbury University. Salisbury, MD.
       
    Co-principal investigator 1999 - 2000 Fecal Coliform Fingerprints from Nonpoint Sources Pollution in the Lower Wicomico River and the Wicomico River Headwaters. Funded by State of Maryland, Department of Natural Resources, Coastal Zone Management Division, Nonpoint Source Program §319..    
       
           
  Research Projects Overseas      
           
    1996 - 2000 Scientist "Disinfection by photocatalytic inactivation of microorganisms in tertiary effluents and water sources used for irrigation." funded by Water Research Institute and Technion Research and Development Foundation. Haifa, Israel.    
       
    1995 - 1999 Senior scientist "Simultaneous nitrogen elimination and energy production for reclamation of waste waters and production of raw materials." funded by EC AVICENNE Initiative Program,  Project AVI-CT-94-0011 DO 12 HSMU.    
       
    1994 - 1996 Scientist "Peat and compost filters for the separation of hazardous waste from water". funded by USAID - CDR project No. TA-MOU-CI2-050    
       
    1990 - 1993 Principal Investigator "Development of DNA probes for nitrifiers." funded by Forschungszentrum Jülich in der Helmholtz Gemeinschaft, Jülich, Germany.    
       
    1989 - 1992 Co-investigator "Development and optimization of High Rate Groundwater Denitrification process." funded by. German-Israeli - Foundation, Project no. 1-45-150.8.87 .    
       
    1987 - 1990 Researcher "Xanthan fermentation of wood waste hydrolysate." funded by Technion Research and Development Foundation,

Project No.013-0113

   
       
    1983 - 1986 Researcher "Marine microalgae harvesting and processing." funded by SERI - US DOE and Technion Research and Development Foundation,  Project No. 013- 054.    
       
    1983 - 1985 Researcher "Animal waste as a substrate for production of Spirulina Platensis"  funded by Technion Research and Development Foundation, Project No. 013- 00113.    
       
           
           
  Service      
   

 

     
    BSU Graduate Committee, 2000 – Present      
    CEESS-BSU Library Coordinator, 2004 – Present      
    Member of BSU Faculty Senate, 2001 - 2006      
    Member of Search Committees for Ten Faculty Positions      
    Red River Valley Section of the ACS executive committee 2006 - Present      
    Judge at the Northern Minnesota Regional Science Fair 2002 – Present      
    Co-organizer of BSU Student Scholarship and Creative Achievement Conference, 2002 - Present      
    Salisbury State University Curriculum Committee 1999 - 2000      
           
           
  Graduate Students Since Arrival to U.S.A.      
         

Andargatchew, Arsema (2000 - 2003) Thesis title: Cultivation of Chlorella pyrenoidosa in a model photo-bio reactor for use in advanced life support systems.

   

Ashiamah, Evelyn (2007 - Present) Tentative title of the thesis: Removal of anions and nutrients from Bemidji Lake water using subsurface filtration pilot plant.

   
       
    Awuah, Fred (2012 - Present) Tentative title of the thesis: Flocculation of clays and naphtenic acids with biopolymers - experimental and modeling study.    
    Bohm, Jenilynn (2006 - 2012) Thesis title: Pesticides and endangered species - Modeling study.    
Fournier, Justin (2010 - 2013) Tentative title of the thesis: Brewery wastewater treatment in constructed wetland.
    Garan, Elena (2007 - 2009) Thesis title: Regime shifting - Case study of Grace Lake.

                  

   
   

Helgeson, Jason (2003 - Present) Tentative title of the thesis: Subsurface filtration pilot plant in elimination of N and P pollution from lake water.

   
   

Isobaev, Pulat (2006 - 2008) Thesis title: Assessing phosphorus budget of Grace Lake.

 

   
   

Malloy, H. Samuel (2005 – Present) Tentative title of thesis: Xanthan fermentation of mixed potato waste: production optimization by nutrient addition and discussion of potential practical application of found product.

 

   
       
   

Marjamma, A. Jeffrey (2009 – Present) Tentative title of thesis: Optimization of microalgal sequestering of carbon dioxide and elimination of other air pollutants.

   
    Matheny, Arvan (2013 – Present) Tentative title of the thesis: GIS in development of outdoor recreational plan for a community in Northern Minnesota.    
    Remeta, Petra (2006 – 2011) Thesis title: Xanthan fermentation of mixed potato waste - secondary commodity production as an environmental management tool.    
    Tisdell, Garrett (2008 – Present) Tentative title of the thesis: Clearwater River - Oxygen Impairment Regime. Funded by Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.    
   

Wenhua, Payne (2001 - 2007) Thesis title: Biodegradation of gasoline additive methyl tertiary butyl ether in water.

   
           
           
  Affiliations      
           
    African Journal of Microbiology Research - reviewer      
    American Association for the Advancement of Science – member      
   

American Chemical Society - member

     
    American Society for Microbiology - member      
   

American Water Works Association - member

     
    Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors - member      
    Bioresource Technology - reviewer      
    Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering - reviewer      
   

Geological Society of America - member

     
   

International Association of Water Quality -member & reviewer

     
   

International Humic Substances Society - member

     
   

International Water Association - member and reviewer

     
    Journal of Hazardous Waste - reviewer      
   

New York Academy of Sciences - member

     
   

Royal Society of Chemistry -affiliate

     
   

Water SA - reviewer & member of editorial board

     
           
           
  Languages      
           
    Native Bosnian = Croatian = Serbian, English, elementary Hebrew, reads technical German, basic Latin.      
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
   

Airship Italy by Umberto Nobile

       
   

Adapted from: Airships: yesterday, today, and tomorrow by Henry Beaubois; drawings by Carlo Demand; translated and adapted by Michael and Angela Kelly. New York : Two Continents Pub. Group, 1976, c 1973. ISBN 0846701502

       
           
           
           
   

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