Taking on the global challenges presented by waste and industrial byproducts.

All human and industrial activities result in generation of waste and byproducts. In the U.S. alone, the amount of waste and byproducts generated on an annual basis is measured in hundreds of millions of tons. At GWRI, our mission is to advance the development of sustainable technologies and policies for more effective management of these materials.

Continual technological innovations and the emergence of new industries require ongoing development of strategies and effective adaptation of existing methods to improve waste management. New waste and byproduct streams, such as those containing nanoparticles, biological matter, and genetic material, pose unique challenges in comparison to more conventional forms of waste.

The research, development, and analysis conducted by GWRI provide critical links between the growing needs of public and industry, the environmental concerns of a global community, and the need to establish resources for future generations.

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REU Summer Program

REU Summer Program 2013

NSF REU Program
Wastes and byproducts are ubiquitous materials that affect all members of society. The REU program engages undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty members, and collaborating engineering practitioners on interdisciplinary research related to the sustainable management and beneficial reuse of wastes and byproducts. Fundamental research undertaken as part of the REU program includes waste management, pollution prevention, energy conversion, and beneficial reuse of wastes and byproducts. The program supports ten undergraduates per year for a period of three years. The REU program engages undergraduates on research leading to the discovery of new knowledge, provides mentoring for a diverse research team, promotes graduate study as a future professional goal, and provides instructive and appealing learning components.  [more...]

Seminar Announcement: Mine Wastes Mangement at RIME by Dr. Michel Aubertin [more...]

Landfill Slide Series

The latest Landfill Slide Series© (LSS©) by Dr. Nazli Yesiller, Director of GWRI, is now available for educational use at academic institutions. The slide series contains information related to all aspects of municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills including MSW facts; design, construction, operation, and closure of MSW landfills; and waste to energy conversion.

The LSS© contains over 200 slides and can be used in both a graduate level geoenvironmental engineering, solid waste management, landfill design, or similar courses as well as for lower or upper level undergraduate courses to provide an introduction to or coverage of geoenvironmental engineering principles or solid waste management principles.  [more...]

Waste Connections, Inc.

Waste Connections provided the seed money to Cal Poly to initiate the Global Waste Research Institute ("GWRI").

Ronald J. Mittelstaedt, Chairman and CEO, Waste Connections

Waste Connections believes  this donation was an astute investment toward cultivating appropriate, technically proficient human resource needs to manage the future of an increasingly stratified solid waste stream. [more...]

Picture of the Month

September 2013

3D Optical Interferometer Image
Photo: Mr. Derek Manheim

A stitched image of a textured geomembrane is presented. The image was obtained using an optical interferometer (Bruker NP-Flex) acquired by GWRI from a NSF grant. The optical interferometer allows for advanced surface texture quantification of most engineering materials.



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