Albert Rubin

Unpaid Emeritus

Retired June, 2004
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Dr. A. Robert Rubin served the department since 1978. He was first appointed as an extension specialist and progressed through the ranks to become to professor in 1996. Rubin has conducted one of the most dynamic and far reaching programs in wastewater management and biosolids recovery/disposal in the United States. His innovative technology transfer efforts, aimed at training operational personnel, regulators, and government officials, were second to none and extremely well attended.

Rubin provided national leadership in the critically important areas of rural water quality and wastewater management, as evidenced by his invitation to address Congressional committees that deal with those problems throughout the U. S. His work in this area is so widely known he was asked to give the keynote speech at the 2007 International Water Congress in Spain. This conference was focused on sanitation for small communities and was a prelude to the 2008 International Year of Sanitation.

In his retirement Rubin plans to continue consulting and will be a visiting scientist with the USEPA .

June of 2003, Dr. Rubin was presented the “Bronze Medal for Commendable Service” by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. This was a very deserved and fitting honor for an individual who devoted his professional career to enhancing the performance and reliability of wastewater treatment systems.



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The Current Multicountry Monkeypox Outbreak: What Water Professionals Should Know
Maal-Bared, R., Gerba, C., Bibby, K., Munakata, N., Mehrotra, A. S., Brisolara, K. F., … Sobsey, M. (2022, September 15), ACS ES&T WATER.
Assessing and managing SARS-CoV-2 occupational health risk to workers handling residuals and biosolids
Brisolara, K. F., Maal-Bared, R., Sobsey, M. D., Reimers, R. S., Rubin, A., Bastian, R. K., … Brown, S. (2021), SCIENCE OF THE TOTAL ENVIRONMENT, 774.
Implications of SARS-CoV-2 on current and future operation and management of wastewater systems
Maal-Bared, R., Brisolara, K., Munakata, N., Bibby, K., Gerba, C., Sobsey, M., … Rubin, A. (2021), WATER ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH, 93(4), 502–515.
Letter to the Editor regarding Mathavarajah et al. (2020) Pandemic danger to the deep: The risk of marine mammals contracting SARS-CoV-2 from wastewater
Maal-Bared, R., Sobsey, M., Bibby, K., Fitzmorris, K. B., Munakata, N., Gerba, C., … Casson, L. (2021, June 15),
Natural treatment and onsite processes
Liehr, S. K., Rubin, A. R., & Tonning, B. (2004). [Review of , ]. WATER ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH, 76(6), 1191–1237.
Fulfilling potential of on-site wastewater treatment
Rubin, A. R. (2002), BioCycle, 43(1), 66-.
Constructed wetlands treatment of high nitrogen landfill leachate
Liehr, S. K., Kozub, D. D., Rash, J. K., Sloop, G. M., Doll, B., Rubin, A. R., … Burks, D. (2000). , . Alexandria, VA : Water Environment Research Foundation.
Does municipal solid waste composting make economic sense?
Renkow, M., & Rubin, A. R. (1998), JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT, 53(4), 339–347.
Performance evaluation of innovative and alternative on-site wastewater treatment systems in Craven County, NC
Spooner, J., House, C. H., Hoover, M. T., Rubin, A. R., Silverthorne, R., Steinbeck, S. J., … Martin, B. (1998), On-site wastewater treatment: Proceedings of the eighth national symposium on individual and small community sewage systems, March 8-10, 1998, Orlando, Florida, 458–469. St. Joseph, Mich.: American Society of Agricultural Engineers.
Potential of Paulownia elongata trees for swine waste utilization
Bergmann, B., Rubin, A. R., & Campbell, C. R. (1997), Transactions of the ASAE, 40(6), 1733–1738.

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