A researcher named Fellow by a prestigious civil engineering society

A researcher from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette has been named a member by the nation’s oldest engineering society.

Dr. Daniel Dianchen Gang, a professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at UL Lafayette, has earned the designation from the American Society of Civil Engineers. The ASCE, founded in 1852, has more than 150,000 members worldwide.

Only 3% are fellows, researchers who “have made famous contributions and developed creative solutions that change lives,” according to the ASCE website.

Gang, an internationally recognized leader in the field of environmental engineering, is the founding director of the Center for Environmental Engineering and Protection at UL Lafayette. His research interests include the physico-chemical treatment of water and wastewater, environmental chemistry and the transport of contaminants in artificial and natural aqueous systems.

“The driving force behind UL Lafayette’s recent designation as an R1 institution are faculty members like Dr. Gang. His tireless efforts to provide solutions to problems that challenge society demonstrate a campus-wide dedication to excellence,” said Dr. Ahmed Khattab, Dean of the University’s College of Engineering.

Gang has been involved in numerous state and federal research projects for the National Science Foundation, NASA, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Energy, and state agencies, with over $18 million in grants and contracts. He has served on numerous NSF panels and is active on numerous professional societies, editorial boards, and review boards.

He has authored or co-authored over 200 articles in leading peer-reviewed journals and has presented his research internationally. Gang owns several US patents. He has received the University’s Innovation Achievement Certificate four times.

Gang’s research results have been widely applied in the water and wastewater industry. He has provided process engineering expertise for the planning and design of water and wastewater treatment in municipal and industrial facilities. His book, “Modeling of THM and HAA Formation in Surface Waters upon Chlorination”, made an impact in the drinking water industry for his model for controlling disinfection by-products. The model has been adopted by the EPA and the American Water Works Association.

“I’ve dedicated my life to improving the quality of human life and finding creative solutions to real issues that impact our lives. It’s very meaningful to me, which is why I’m so proud of my research, this scholarship, and the opportunity to mentor so many successful undergraduate and graduate students,” said Gang.

Gang has mentored many undergraduate students and researchers, including more than 70 PhDs, MScs, and postdoctoral associates. He received the University’s Distinguished Professor Award in 2019.

Gang earned his professional engineering license in Missouri in 2003 and his license in West Virginia in 2005. He received his master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Missouri.

Legend: Dr. Daniel Dianchen Gang, a professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at UL Lafayette, has been named a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Only 3% of the more than 150,000 members of the society obtain the designation. Image credit: University of Louisiana at Lafayette