M.S. Environmental Engineering, Vanderbilt University, 1987
B.Eng. Mechanical Engineering, University of Malaya, 1980
Say Kee Ong's research interests are in the fate and transport of pollutants in engineered and natural systems, development of compact wastewater treatment and sustainable water reuse systems, and hazardous waste management.
Sustainable wastewater and waste systems with emphasis on recovery of biopolymers and nutrients from wastewater and water reuse
Biological aerated filters (BAF) and membrane bioreactors (MBR) for wastewater and micro-pollutants removal
Sorption and degradation of veterinary antibiotics and estrogens in soils, surface water, manure lagoons and in wastewater treatment systems
Water quality monitoring - Des Moines River Water Quality Network (DRWQM), Red Rock and Saylorville Reservoirs
Bioremediation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons at former manufactured gas plant sites and the application of natural attenuation
Honors and Awards
Erskine Fellow, University of Canterbury, New Zealand, 2011
Water Environment Federation (WEF) McKee Groundwater Protection, Restoration or Sustainable Use Medal, 2008
Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP) Outstanding Teaching Award, 2005
Montgomery-Watson-Harza/Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP) Master's Thesis Award, First Place (Student - Angela Kolz), 2005
Annual Metcalf & Eddy Environmental Engineering Design Competition, First Place, Academic Adviser to Undergraduate Design Team (Tom Bruton, Iris Caldwell and Stephanie Peters), 2005
ISU Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement in Teaching, 2004
Montgomery-Watson/Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP)
Master's Thesis Award, First Place (Student - Shane W. Rogers), 2000
Wikiniyadhanee, R., S. Chotpantarat, S.K. Ong, 2016. "Kaolinite and Cd2+ transport and interaction in sand media: batch and column experiments," Terrestrial, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Journal, 27(2):195-202. (DOI: http://tao.cgu.org.tw/pdf/v272p195.pdf)
Tian, Q., S. K. Ong, X. Xie , F. Li, Y. Zhu, F. R. Wang, B. Yang, 2015, "Enhanced phosphorus recovery and biofilm microbial community changes in an alternating anaerobic/aerobic biofilter," Chemosphere 144:1797-1806 (DOI: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0045653515302678).
Sikkema, J. K., S. K. Ong, J. E. Alleman, 2015, "Photocatalytic concrete pavements: Laboratory investigation of NO oxidation rate under varied environmental conditions," Construction and Building Materials, 100:305-314. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0950061815304281
Mao, F., S.K. Ong, J. Gaunt, 2015. "Modeling benzene permeation through drinking water high density polyethylene (HDPE) pipes," Journal of Water and Health, 13(3):758-772. (DOI: 10.2166/wh.2015.183). http://jwh.iwaponline.com/content/13/3/758
Lertpaitoonpan, W., T. Moorman, S.K. Ong, 2015. "Effect of swine manure on sulfamethazine degradation in aerobic and anaerobic soils," Water, Air and Soil Pollution Journal, 226(3):81-94 (DOI: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11270-014-2286-1).
Chung, J. D. Fleege, S. K. Ong, Y. W. Lee, 2014. "Organic semiconductor wastewater treatment using a four-stage Bardenpho® with membrane system," Environmental Technology, 35(22):2837-2845 (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09593330.2014.924565).
S. Homklin, S. K. Ong, and T. Limpiyakorn. (2012) "Degradation of 17α-methyltestosterone by Rhodococcus sp. and Nocardioides sp.isolated from a masculinizing pond of Nile tilapia fry," Journal of Hazardous Materials, Vol. 221-222, pp. 35-44 (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhazmat.2012.03.072).
C. L. Cheng, J. Gaunt, S. K. Ong, and F. Mao. (2012) "Permeation of gasoline through ductile iron pipe gaskets in water mains," J AWWA, Vol. 104, No. 4, pp. E271-E281 (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5942/jawwa.2012.104.0052).
Z. E. Ilhan, S. K. Ong, and T. Moorman. (2012) "Herbicide and antibiotic removal by woodchip denitrification filters: sorption processes," Water, Air and Soil Pollution, Vol. 223, No. 5, pp. 2651-2662 (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11270-011-1057-5).
T. Limpiyakorn, S. Homklin, and S. K. Ong. (2011) "Fate of estrogens and estrogenic potential in sewerage systems," Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology, Vol. 41, Issue 13, pp. 1231-1270 (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10643380903488680).
C. B. Ersu, S. K. Ong, E. Arslankaya, and P. Brown. (2010) "Impact of solids residence time on biological nutrient removal performance of membrane bioreactor," Water Research, Vol. 44, Issue 10, pp. 3192-3202 (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2010.02.036).
S. W. Rogers, S. K. Ong, and T. B. Moorman. (2007) "Mineralization of PAHs in coal-tar impacted aquifer sediments and associated microbial community structure investigated with FISH," Chemosphere, Vol. 69, Issue 10, pp. 1563-1573 (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.chemosphere.2007.05.058).
Des Moines River Water Quality Network: http://home.eng.iastate.edu/~dslutz/dmrwqn/dmrwqn.html