Dr. Jennifer Becker joined the Civil and Environmental Engineering faculty as an Associate Professor in January, 2010. Her area of research and teaching interests focus on biological treatment processes in environmental engineering. Specifically, her research interests include: the biodegradation, microbial ecology, and bioremediation of chlorinated organic groundwater contaminants; bioenergy production using microbial processes; and the recovery and reuse of agricultural, municipal, and industrial waste products.
Dr. Becker is the recipient of several national awards including: the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE); National Science Foundation CAREER Award; Water Environment Federation (WEF) Robert A. Canham Award; and the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP)/Montgomery Watson Harza Master's Thesis Award (both as an advisor and as a student). She is also a member of Michigan Tech's Presidential Council of Alumnae. Dr. Becker has been the Principal Investigator on nearly $1 Million of sponsored research.