Hai, Faisal I. A/Prof

Associate Professor

  • School of Civil, Mining & Environmental Engineering
  • Associate Professor - Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences
  • Academic Program Director - Civil Engineering, UOW-Dubai (transnational)
  • Leader - Strategic Water Infrastructure Laboratory
  • Deputy Director - GeoQuEST Research Centre, UOW, Australia

Overview


After receiving his BSc (1st class Honours) in Civil Engineering from BUET, Bangladesh, Dr. Hai completed his Masters and PhD in Environmental Engineering in 2004 and 2007, respectively from the University of Tokyo, Japan. Before joining University of Wollongong (UOW), Australia, he completed a prestigious postdoctoral fellowship from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) at the University of Tokyo. Dr. Hai  served as a  Vice Chancellor’s research fellow at the School of Civil, Mining and Environmental Engineering (CME) at the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences (EIS) of UOW before taking up a continuing teaching and research lecturer position at CME from May 2011. 
A recipient of Japan Society on Water Environment - Outstanding Lecture Award (2010) and UOW Faculty of EIS Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Learning (OCTAL) award (2015), Dr. Hai currently serves as an Associate Professor with a number of research and governance leadership roles.

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • A recipient of the Japan Society on Water Environment Outstanding Lecture Award (2010) and UOW Faculty of EIS Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Learning (OCTAL) award (2015), Dr Hai currently serves as an Associate Professor at the School of Civil, Mining and Environmental Engineering (CME). Before joining UOW, he completed a prestigious postdoctoral fellowship from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) at the University of Tokyo, Japan. He was awarded the UOW Vice Chancellor’s research fellowship in 2011, which he relinquished to take up a continuing teaching and research lecturer position at CME.

    A/Prof Hai has forged a strong collaboration with key industry partners (e.g., Sydney Water) and internationally leading researchers which have led to collaborative grants and/or publications (http://www.uow.edu.au/~faisal/). His research collaboration (with tangible outcomes such as high calibre publications) now expands in 12 countries. A/Prof Hai has edited two recent books on application of membrane technology in wastewater treatment, resource recovery and biofuel production with distinguished overseas researchers as co-editors. He was the lead editor of one of these books (Membrane Biological Reactors, International Water Association (IWA) Publishing, UK, 2014), which has received high commendation in many reviews, most notably from the membrane research legend Prof Tony Fane. Given his international research standing in membrane-based wastewater treatment processes, particularly the membrane bioreactor (MBR) technology, he has been appointed as an Associate Editor of ‘Water Science and Technology’ (IWA, UK) and ‘Journal of Water and Environment Technology’ (Japan Society on Water Environment), which are prime outlets for research communication to water professionals and researchers worldwide. He has also a served as a guest editor of other reputed journals, most recently for International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation (Elsevier).

     

Available as Research Supervisor

Available for Collaborative Projects

Selected Publications


Available as Research Supervisor

Potential Supervision Topics


  • Our group is well known to provide students with patient and dynamic supervision and opportunities to learn. Thus most of our candidates complete their degrees with flying colours, and subsequently get good positions in well-known institutions. We are looking for higher degree research students who can respond positively to feedback and are able to show a reasonably swift learning curve. Students with Masters degree having a few papers in ISI impact factor journals and demonstrated skill of research work and scientific writing in English will have good chance to obtain a scholarship through the university.

    Students carrying scholarships from their own countries such as the following are encouraged to contact for discussion on research projects:

    http://www.uow.edu.au/~faisal/journal.html

    The broad topics of our research focus are:

    • Water/wastewater treatment/reuse--membrane, biological, enzymatic and adsorption technologies
    • Groundwater management
    • Waste management, sludge management and energy recovery
    • Biofuel production

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Membrane-based desiccant cooling and dehumidification
    Doctor of Philosophy Anaerobic co-digestion of sewage sludge and organic wastes Wickham, Richard
    Doctor of Philosophy Development of a novel high retention enzymatic membrane bioreactor for the removal of trace organic contaminants Asif, Muhammad Bilal
    Master of Philosophy Forward Osmosis for Resource Recovery from Anaerobically Digested Sludge Centrate Vu, Truong Minh
    Doctor of Philosophy Sludge reduction using an integrated membrane bioreactor and oxic-settling-anonic (MBR-OSA) process: Underlying Mechanisms, microlial community and fate of trace organic contaminants Fida, Zulqarnain
    Doctor of Philosophy Removal of trace organic contaminants by ultra-violet radiation based advanced oxidation process and enzymatic membrane reactor. Tufail, Arbab
    Doctor of Philosophy Continuous production of ethanol from sugarcane bagasse hydrolysate using a membrane bioreactor Ahmed, Naveed

Web Of Science Researcher Id


  • K-3331-2012

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • A recipient of the Japan Society on Water Environment Outstanding Lecture Award (2010) and UOW Faculty of EIS Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Learning (OCTAL) award (2015), Dr Hai currently serves as an Associate Professor at the School of Civil, Mining and Environmental Engineering (CME). Before joining UOW, he completed a prestigious postdoctoral fellowship from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) at the University of Tokyo, Japan. He was awarded the UOW Vice Chancellor’s research fellowship in 2011, which he relinquished to take up a continuing teaching and research lecturer position at CME.

    A/Prof Hai has forged a strong collaboration with key industry partners (e.g., Sydney Water) and internationally leading researchers which have led to collaborative grants and/or publications (http://www.uow.edu.au/~faisal/). His research collaboration (with tangible outcomes such as high calibre publications) now expands in 12 countries. A/Prof Hai has edited two recent books on application of membrane technology in wastewater treatment, resource recovery and biofuel production with distinguished overseas researchers as co-editors. He was the lead editor of one of these books (Membrane Biological Reactors, International Water Association (IWA) Publishing, UK, 2014), which has received high commendation in many reviews, most notably from the membrane research legend Prof Tony Fane. Given his international research standing in membrane-based wastewater treatment processes, particularly the membrane bioreactor (MBR) technology, he has been appointed as an Associate Editor of ‘Water Science and Technology’ (IWA, UK) and ‘Journal of Water and Environment Technology’ (Japan Society on Water Environment), which are prime outlets for research communication to water professionals and researchers worldwide. He has also a served as a guest editor of other reputed journals, most recently for International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation (Elsevier).

     

Selected Publications


Potential Supervision Topics


  • Our group is well known to provide students with patient and dynamic supervision and opportunities to learn. Thus most of our candidates complete their degrees with flying colours, and subsequently get good positions in well-known institutions. We are looking for higher degree research students who can respond positively to feedback and are able to show a reasonably swift learning curve. Students with Masters degree having a few papers in ISI impact factor journals and demonstrated skill of research work and scientific writing in English will have good chance to obtain a scholarship through the university.

    Students carrying scholarships from their own countries such as the following are encouraged to contact for discussion on research projects:

    http://www.uow.edu.au/~faisal/journal.html

    The broad topics of our research focus are:

    • Water/wastewater treatment/reuse--membrane, biological, enzymatic and adsorption technologies
    • Groundwater management
    • Waste management, sludge management and energy recovery
    • Biofuel production

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Membrane-based desiccant cooling and dehumidification
    Doctor of Philosophy Anaerobic co-digestion of sewage sludge and organic wastes Wickham, Richard
    Doctor of Philosophy Development of a novel high retention enzymatic membrane bioreactor for the removal of trace organic contaminants Asif, Muhammad Bilal
    Master of Philosophy Forward Osmosis for Resource Recovery from Anaerobically Digested Sludge Centrate Vu, Truong Minh
    Doctor of Philosophy Sludge reduction using an integrated membrane bioreactor and oxic-settling-anonic (MBR-OSA) process: Underlying Mechanisms, microlial community and fate of trace organic contaminants Fida, Zulqarnain
    Doctor of Philosophy Removal of trace organic contaminants by ultra-violet radiation based advanced oxidation process and enzymatic membrane reactor. Tufail, Arbab
    Doctor of Philosophy Continuous production of ethanol from sugarcane bagasse hydrolysate using a membrane bioreactor Ahmed, Naveed

Web Of Science Researcher Id


  • K-3331-2012
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