office: Buchanan Engineering Lab, rm. 129
Currently serving as the Past President of the Pacific NW Clean Water Association
875 Perimeter Dr.
Moscow, ID 83844-1022
607 Urquhart Drive
Moscow, ID 83844-1022
Environmental engineers study, plan, design, and
facilitate construction of infrastructure to:
Protect the environment from various human
Provide safe drinking water to the public;
Receive and process wastewater, generating
products that can be returned to the environment safely.
The University of Idaho maintains a strong Environmental
Engineering undergraduate and graduate curriculum, with complementary
research capabilities. With two environmental engineering faculty in the CE
Dept who actively collaborate across disciplines both inside and outside the
UI, graduate students have access to a wide array of classes and research
infrastructure. Research is cutting edge and highly relevant in the
water-environment sector, with a particular emphasis on microbial processes
for resource recovery and wastewater-byproducts treatment.
Dr. Coats' graduate student cohort, past and present, have
conducted a wide range of exciting research, have published extensively in
peer-reviewed journals (see Publications link), and have presented their
research at a wide array of conferences. In particular, Dr. Coats' group
regularly contributes at the Pacific NW Clean Water Association annual
conference (pncwa.org). More
importantly, Dr. Coats' graduate students are gainfully employed in the
water-environment sector, continuing to make professional contributions in
environmental engineering. Dr. Coats' students are highly sought after by
consulting firms (often securing employment six months prior to graduation);
graduates currently work at Brown and Caldwell, J-U-B Engineers, Mountain
Waterworks, CDM-Smith, Gray & Osborne, and Seattle Public Utilities.
In September 2015 four of Dr. Coats' graduate students
competed in the Student Design Competition at WEFTEC-Chicago, and
placed second overall, besting 8 other
university teams from around the U.S. and Canada.
As an environmental engineering professor, I have over 23 years of experience
in both academia and the private sector. Prior to joining UI I worked 10
years as a
consulting engineer, and I continue to be active in the applied side of my
profession. I have been a licensed
Professional Civil Engineer since 1995, and am currently licensed in Idaho,
Washington, and Oregon.