Roger Painter

Associate Professor
Civil and Architectural Engineering

Ph.D. Chemical Engineering Tennessee Technological University 1992
MS Chemical Engineering University of Tennessee Space Institute 1989
BS Chemical Engineering University of Tennessee 1984



Twenty years experience in Chemical/Environmental Engineering. Extensive experience modeling fate and transport of contaminants in groundwater, surface water, and the atmosphere. Expert knowledge of CERCLA and RCRA especially in the area of the application of innovative technologies to environmental remediation


     Office: 108A Torrence Hall
     Phone: 615-963-5388 

Current Research

NNSA: Investigation of the fate and transport of contaminants in the environment.  Specifically, this research involves the development of mathematical models and methodologies to model biodegradation of contaminants in surface water, streams and groundwater.

Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC): Conducting research regarding the characterization of Tennessee's solid waste stream. The specific project involved the development of statistical methodologies for to be used in a statewide solid waste study.

The Y-12 National Security Complex, Oak Ridge, TN, Y12:Development of methodologies to treat waste steams at Y12 facility in Oak Ridge.

Recent Publications

Painter, D., 2012, Engineering Ethics, Environmental Justice and Environmental Impact Analysis: A Synergistic Approach to Improving Student Learning In Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference and Exposition, June 2012

Painter, R., Byl, T., Sharpe, L., Watson, V., Patterson, T., Determining the Rate of Biodegradation in Fuel Impacted Karst Aquifers, In Proceedings of the American Institute of Chemical Engineering (AICHE) Annual Conference and Exposition, April, 2012

Painter R., Watson V., 2011,Robust Statistical Estimators for MSW Characterization Studies, Journal of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2011

Painter R., Byl T. Sharpe L., Kheder A., Harris j., 2011,The Role of Attached and Free-Living Bacteria in Biodegradation in Karst Aquifers, Water, 2011

Kudjo Dzantor,Murugesan V., Painter R.,  and Hui D., 2011; Biomass Productivity  Potential by Selected Cellulosic Herbaceous Perennials in Acid Impacted Soil, 2011 SNA Research Conference

Martin M. and Painter R., 2009; Use of Independent Gamma Distribution to Describe Tracer Break-Through Curves

Byl T., Painter R., Microbial Adaptations to Karst Aquifers with Contaminants

Painter R., Watson V, 2008, Tennessee Waste Characterization Study,

Painter, R.. Watson V., 2007;   Diversion of Organic, Construction, and Demolition Material Wastes From Tennessee Class I and Class IV Landfills , Prepared for Tennessee General Assembly

Hines T, Painter R., Watson V., 2007; Dickson County Landfill: Site Remediation and Environmental Justice Implications, The State of Environmental Justice in America 2007 Conference

King L., Painter R., Byl T., 2007 ASEE National Conference: "Research-Enhanced Approach to Teaching Groundwater Biodegradation in Karst Aquifers, American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference and Exposition, June 2007

Painter R., 2006 ASEE National Conference: "The Role of Environmental Justice Issues in Environmental Engineering Ethics", American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference and Exposition, June 2006

Painter R., Shawkat K., and T.D. Byl. 2005. Free-Living Bacteria or Attached Bacteria: Which Contributes More to Bioremediation? In E.L Kuniansky, editor.  U.S. Geological Survey Karst Interest Group Proceedings

Painter R., 2006 ASEE-SE Conference t: "Assessment of the Impact of a Multidisciplinary Research Program on Student Outcomes", American Society for Engineering Education, Southeastern Conference (ASEE-SE) Annual Conference and Exposition, June 2006

Registration and Memberships

Registered professional Engineer in the State of Indiana
Member of ASEE, AICHE

Sample Courses Taught

CVEN 5300 Environmental Processes
CVEN 5350 Hazardous Waste Management
CVEN 5270 Solid Waste Management
ENGR 5150 Numerical Methods

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