Professor / NSERC Chairholder

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Since 1993, Dr. Huck has been Professor and NSERC Chairholder in Water Treatment in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. This is a senior, tenured research professorship, one of several hundred in various areas of engineering and science in Canada. Funding for this position is provided jointly by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and by the water industry.

Dr. Huck received his Bachelor's and Masters degrees in Civil and Water Resources Engineering from the University of Waterloo. His Ph.D., obtained from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario in 1977, is in Chemical Engineering. Following two years in consulting, Dr. Huck joined the University of Regina in 1979 and moved to the University of Alberta in 1982.

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) designates Industrial Research Chairs (IRCs) as prestigious appointments. The Chair’s research is supported equally by NSERC and by the Chair’s funding partners. As Chairholder, Dr. Huck's role is to provide leadership to a highly qualified team of professionals and graduate students conducting leading edge research in various areas related to water treatment and to teach courses in water treatment and related topics at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The Chair, now in its fifth five-year term (2013 - 2017), is intended to be a center of expertise and a resource for its public and private sector partners, as well as for the Canadian and international water treatment industry and the regulatory and research communities.

Dr. Huck has more than 30 years experience in directing research related to drinking water treatment, including several major studies for the Water Research Foundation (previously the American Water Works Association Research Foundation). He has more than one hundred refereed publications and several hundred conference proceeding papers. His academic and consulting experience are internationally recognized and sought after. Dr. Huck was appointed by the Ontario Minister of the Environment to the Advisory Council on Drinking Water Standards and Testing in May 2004 and has been reappointed, most recently in June 2014. Dr. Huck was retained as the water treatment expert by Part One of the Walkerton Inquiry.

Dr. Huck was the first non-American recipient of the A.P. Black Research Award for 2008 from the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and, the previous year, received the George Warren Fuller Award from the Ontario Water Works Association (a section of the American Water Works Association). He has also received publication awards from AWWA and has supervised several students who have received AWWA Academic Achievement Awards. He has also received the Albert E. Berry Medal from the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers and the Aquarina Award from the Polish Association of Sanitary Engineers, Technicians and SEEN Ltd. for best Science-Research Endeavour in the field of Natural Environmental Protection.

University of Waterloo

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