Faculty/Staff Directory

James E. Alleman

  • Cerwick Faculty Professor
  • Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering

Main Office

420 Town Engr
Ames, IA 50011-3232
Phone: 515-294-3892
Fax: 515-294-8216


  • Ph.D. Environmental Engineering, University of Notre Dame, 1978
  • M.S. Civil Engineering, University of Notre Dame, 1972
  • B.S. Civil Engineering, University of Notre Dame, 1971

Interest Areas

Environmental engineering systems
  • Wastewater and residuals treatment
  • Wastewater nutrient removal
  • Constructed wetlands wastewater systems...and particularly highway rest stop applications
  • Thermophilic wastewater and residuals processing
Sustainability engineering
  • Pavement albedo and ‘urban heat island’ impact
  • Sustainable infrastructure rating systems
  • Cement carbon concentration, capture, and conversion
  • Beneficial reuse of waste foundry sand...and aspects of trace metal contaminant release and impacts
  • Coal ash radiation release
  • Waste brine reuse in relation to highway anti-icing and deicing
  • Constructive reuse of wastewater residuals...including brick manufacture
History of Engineering
  • Nitrogen genesis and metabolism
  • Asbestos
  • Ancient to Victorian-era water and wastewater treatment
  • Iconic college campus bell tower design
  • Golden Gate Bridge

Brief Biography

Honors and Awards
  • Jefferson Science Faculty Fellow, U.S. Department of State, 2014
  • Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineers, 2010
  • Diplomat, American Academy of Environmental Engineers, 2010
  • Fulbright Research-Scholar, 2005
  • Best Core Teacher Award (Wansik Award), Purdue University School of Civil Engineering, 2002
  • Best Researcher Award (Wansik Award), Purdue University School of Civil Engineering, 2002
  • American Consulting Engineers Council Award, 1986
  • Outstanding Teacher Award (Harold Munson Award), Purdue University School of Civil Engineering, 1985

Selected Publications

  1. J. K. Sikkema, J. E. Alleman, S. K. Ong, and T. D. Wheelock. (2011) "Mercury Regulation, Fate, Transport, Transformation, and Abatement Within Cement Manufacturing Facilities: Review," Science of the Total Environment, Vol. 409,  pp. 4167-4178 (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2011.05.064).
  2. E. R. Blatchley III, W. L. Gong, J. E. Alleman, et al. (2007) "Effects of Wastewater Disinfection on Waterborne Bacteria and Viruses," Water Environment Research, Vol. 79, No. 1, pp. 81-92 (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2175/106143006X102024).
  3. M. K. Banks, A. P. Schwab, J. E. Alleman, M. Switzenbaum, N. Cofield, and J. Shalabi. (2007) "Biosolids Amended Soils: Part I. Effect of Biosolids Application on Soil Quality and Ecotoxicity," Water Environment Research, Vol. 78, No. 11, pp. 2217-2230 (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2175/106143005X86637).
  4. K. M. Sears, J. E. Alleman, J. Barnard, and J. A. Oleszkiewicz. (2006) "Density and Activity Characterization of Activated Sludge Flocs," Journal of Environmental Engineering - ASCE, Vol. 132, No. 10, pp. 1235-1242 (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)0733-9372(2006)132:10(1235)).
  5. K. M. Sears, J. E. Alleman, J. Barnard, and J. A. Oleszkiewicz. (2005) "Feasibility of Using Ultrasonic Irradiation to Recover Active Biomass from Waste Activated Sludge," Journal of Biotechnology, Vol. 19, No. 4, pp. 389-399 (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jbiotec.2005.04.025).