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Presenter: Pam Hoover, P.E. and 3 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Nashville, TN

Scarritt-Bennett Center
1027 18th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37212
Phone: 615-340-7500

This seminar is closed or full.


Registration:                        8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:                8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Lunch (On your own):         12:30 - 1:30 pm

Afternoon Session:             1:30 - 5:00 pm

NPDES Permitting 
P. Hoover

   Clean Water Act
   NPDES permitting regulations and process
      Waterbody use and status
      Technology-based effluent limit guidelines (TEGLs)
      Water quality-based effluent limits (WQBELs)
      Whole effluent toxicity (WET)
      Water-body and site-specific option
      Waters of the United States (WOTUS)

Wastewater Treatment Unit Processes and Operations 
P. Pezeshk, P. Marotta, I. Takács

   Biological Nutrient Removal (BNR)
      Chemistry/biology overview  
      Suspended growth treatment
      Aerobic biological treatment
      Biological phosphorous removal
      Microbial growth and kinetics
   Experimental methods in wastewater treatment
      Wastewater characterization parameters
       Introduction to standard methods
   Application of computer models in wastewater treatment
      SUMO model setup demonstration
   Activated sludge model 1 (ASM1)
      State variables Biological processes
      Gujer matrix representation
      Setting up model’s ordinary differential equations
      Solving techniques (for steady and dynamic simulations)
   Diffused and surface aeration models
   Treatment plant hydraulics modeling
      CSTRs-in-series setup
      Residence time distribution (RTD): CSTR & PF
   Temperature modeling of activated sludge tanks
      van der Graaf temperature model (simple)
      Talati & Stenstrom temperature model (complete)
   Secondary clarification modeling
      Takács double exponential settling velocity model
      1D layered secondary settling model
   Introduction to visual basics for applications
   Small group activity: setting up a simple model

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Engineers
  • Wastewater Operator

Professional Engineers
     7.0 HSW PDHs

Wastewater Operators
     7.0 Continuing Ed. Hours

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 7.0 continuing professional development hours (HSW)/PDHs to professional engineers in all states. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Tennessee.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida, Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), New York (NYSED Sponsor No. 35), North Carolina, and North Dakota.

The State of Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Water and Wastewater Certification Board has approved this event for 7.0 hours of continuing education credit for wastewater operator certification.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire event. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.


Pam Hoover, P.E.

AquAeTer, Inc., Brentwood

Ms. Hoover’s work experience has included a wide range of projects including due diligence for property transfers, permitting activities, site assessments, and site closures for industrial clients. Her experience includes wastewater, stormwater, and indirect discharge permitting for small to large industrial firms, such as inorganic chemical, pulp and paper, wood treating, coal mining, and compressed gas facilities. She is a member of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s Harmful Algal Bloom Working Group. In addition to working at AquAeTer, Ms. Hoover is a doctoral student in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Vanderbilt University located in Nashville, Tennessee. Her research interest is in the development of resilient community systems. In particular, her research involves assessing the relationship between weather, water quality, and water treatment processes to inform decision making by water treatment utility management. Previously, she earned a B.S degree in Environmental Science and an M.S. degree in Environmental and Water Resource Engineering from Vanderbilt.

Paul Marotta, Ph.D.

AquAeTer, Inc., Brentwood

Dr. Marotta is in charge of technical aspects of wastewater and air quality projects for AquAeTer. He provides a broad range of expertise in mechanical, nuclear, industrial and environmental engineering. His environmental experience includes facility and corporate-level environmental compliance responsibilities. Dr. Marotta currently directs design and mathematical modeling for air, water, wastewater, soils, and groundwater treatment projects. His nuclear experience includes thermal design and performance analysis for the naval reactors (RSPA), design and installation of emergency fill systems, reactor vessel brittle fracture prevention analysis and new reactor prototype concept development. These areas required extensive computer modeling using complex dynamic simulations and three-dimensional finite element analysis. Dr. Marotta has successfully facilitated high performance work teams within an established unionized manufacturing environment. His industrial experience includes several positions within pulp and paper manufacturing, with management expertise ranging from large capital projects, to plant manager, to technical consultant. Dr. Marotta is an adjunct assistant professor and teaches graduate level Heat Transfer and Thermodynamics at the University of Tennessee Space Institute.

Parsa Pezeshk, Ph.D.

Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc., Franklin

Dr. Pezeshk is an Assistant Project Manager at Civil and Environmental Consultants (Nashville Office) and an adjunct faculty at Tennessee State University. Parsa earned his Ph.D. in environmental engineering from the University of Memphis in 2015. His experience includes modeling, simulation, optimization, laboratory experimentation, and pilot-plant operation of wastewater treatment systems. Prior to working as an environmental engineer consultant, Parsa served as a natural gas pipeline inspector with the State of Tennessee.

Dr. Imre Takács

Dynamita, France

Dr. Takács, born Hungarian, naturalized Canadian, living in France, has done a similar circle in wastewater process modeling. As principal developer of GPS-X, BioWin and in the past eight years his own new Sumo process simulator at Dynamita, he has close to 40 years of experience in process modeling. Dr. Takács’ interests are widespread from nutrient removal and recovery to phase separation, main and sidestream treatment and energy-efficient technologies. He will lead the group through the development of a virtual wastewater treatment plant from BOD removal to nutrient recovery using the Sumo process simulator.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $289.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $289.00
Group Prices
3 or more people each: $269.00

Each registration includes one copy of a manual prepared by the seminar speakers.