Dr. Craig Just has served the College of Engineering at the University of Iowa since 1993. He earned a master’s degree in chemistry from the University of Northern Iowa in 1994 and a Ph.D. in environmental engineering & science from the University of Iowa in 2001. He is an associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) and a research engineer at IIHR – Hydroscience & Engineering. Dr. Just teaches Principles of Environmental Engineering, Water Quality & Flow, and Environmental Biotechnology.
Dr. Just’s current research portfolio includes: 1) water resources, food security, and energy system design and implementation in resource-constrained communities, 2) microbial community function, affordability and robustness of alternative, small community wastewater treatment systems, 3) flood resilience and water quality in watershed communities, 4) waste-to-energy processes involving anaerobic digestion for the production of renewable natural gas, 5) energy efficiency, organics shunting, and computational fluid dynamic modeling of large wastewater treatment operations, and 6) Sensor-Managed Ambulance Response Telemetering (SMART) Chlorinators for use in rural communities and developing countries.
Dr. Just was awarded the University of Iowa, President and Provost Award for Teaching Excellence in 2008 for creative utilization of service-learning and for engaged scholarship through teaching. He was awarded the David J. Skorton Award for Staff Excellence in Public Service in 2010 and received the 2011 International Studies Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award. In 2017, Dr. Just received the Excellence in Teaching Sustainability Award from the Institute of Industrial Engineers. In 2018, Dr. Just was a Leshner Fellow, Food and Water Cohort, with the American Association for the Advancement of Science.