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Yang Deng

Professor, Earth and Environmental Studies

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Dr. Deng is named the University Distinguished Scholar (AY2020-21) for his outstanding record of scholarly achievement. With this honor, he will have a one-semester research leave.

Junkui Cui is the winner of 2020 Kenneth S. Stoller Award from the New Jersey Water Environment Research (NJWEA). Congratulation! (

Dr. Deng joined the Editorial Board of Chemical Engineering Journal Advances in the April of 2020 (

Dr. Deng receives the 2019 Top Reviewer Award from Water Environment Research and 2019 Excellence in Review Award for the Journal "Frontiers of Environmental Science & Engineering".

Dr. Deng has started to serve as Invited Papers Editor for Journal of Environmental Engineering-ASCE since the February of 2020.

Congratulation to Junkui Cui! Junkui won 2020 New Jersey Licensed Site Remediation Professionals Association (LSRPA) Elmeryl Davies Memorial Scholarship ($3,000) (

Dr. Deng has started to serve as the Associate Editor for the Water Environment Research since the August of 2019.

Dr. Deng joined the Editorial Board of Journal of Hazardous Materials in the July of 2019.

Harshal Agrawal won the 2019 US EPA's Patrick H. Hurd Sustainability Award at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). Harshal completed his 4th year pilot tests (summer research intern) in 2018 and did sample analyses for his 5th year large scale tests in our lab.

Dr. Deng has started his service as the Associate Editor for Journal of Environmental Engineering - ASCE since the May of 2019.

Dr. Yang Deng received 2019 Superior Achievement Award from the American Academy of Environmental Engineers & Scientists (AAEES)

Dr. Yang Deng received 2018 Nanova Frontier Research Award in the Chinese-American Professors in Environmental Engineering and Science (CAPEES) Society.


Ph.D., Civil Engineering (Environmental Discipline), 2006
University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL

M.S., Civil Engineering (Environmental Discipline), 2001
Tongji University, Shanghai, China

B.S. (Hons), Civil Engineering (Water and Wastewater Engineering) (Major), 1998
Computer Science (Minor), 1998
Tongji University, Shanghai, China

Professional Engineer (Environmental Engineering) (Florida,License No. 70917)


Innovative Water Treatment & Reuse Processes
Stormwater Treatment and Reuse
Municipal Landfill Leachate Management

2020, University Distinguished Scholar, MSU
2019, Superior Achievement Award, American Academy of Environmental Engineers & Scientists (AAEES)
2018, Nanova Frontier Research Award (Chinese-American Professors in Environmental Engineering and Science (CAPEES) Society)
2017, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) (Phase II) Award
2016, US EPA P3 Phase I Award
2016, Best Alumni Achievement Award Over the Past Fifteen Years (2001-2016) (School of Environmental Engineering and Science, Tongji University, Shanghai, China)
2016, Faculty Award for Excellence in Research, College of Science and Mathematics, MSU
2010, Distinguished Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Puerto Rico – Mayaguez

GRANTS (over 2.5 million dollars)

PEER REVIEW PUBLICATIONS: 128 (121 peer-reviewed articles, 2 non-reviewed publications, and 5 book chapters)

Citations (8,000+; h-index = 42) (

(Please see detail in my CV below)