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Civil and Architectural Engineering

College of Engineering and Applied Science

Michael A. Urynowicz


Room 3087, Engineering Building
University of Wyoming

College of Engineering and Applied Science

Department of Civil & Architectural Engineering

Center for Biogenic Natural Gas Research
Dept. 3295
1000 E. University Avenue
Laramie, WY 82071
Office Phone: 307.766.4398
Fax: 307.766.2221

For more information visit Dr. Urynowicz's homepage


Michael A. Urynowicz


  • B.S. Chemical Engineering, Michigan State University, 1990
  • M.S. Civil/Environmental Engineering, University of Wisconsin, 1995
  • M.S. Environmental Science & Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, 1998
  • Ph.D. Environmental Science & Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, 2000

Registered Professional Engineer:

  • Wisconsin (32325)

Principal Areas of Teaching and Research Experience

  • Site characterization, remedial investigation, and feasibility studies
  • In situ remediation of contaminated soil and ground water systems
  • Chemical oxidation processes for the degradation of chlorinated solvents
  • Permanganate natural oxidant demand
  • Stabilization of metals through redox technologies
  • Onsite and alternative wastewater treatment systems
  • Polyacrylamide use for water seepage control
  • Fate and transport of gases within coal seams
  • Secondary biogenic coalbed natural gas
  • Mitigation of coal bed methane produced water
  • Carbon sequestration within coal formations
  • Characterization of municipal solid waste

Recent Projects (External):

  • Analysis of Evaporation Rates and Drift Patterns for Mechanical Evaporators. SMI Snow Makers, 2007-2008. Principal Investigator.
  • Enhanced Natural Attenuation Using Fast and Slow Oxygen Releasing Compounds. Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, 2007-2009. Principal Investigator.
  • Laboratory Testing to Support ASTM Method for Determining Permanganate Soil Oxidant Demand. Carus Chemical. 2006. Principal Investigator.
  • Enhancing the Beneficial Use of CBNG Waters. Wyoming EPSCoR. 2006-2008. Co-PI.
  • Mercury Removal from Flue Gas of BHP's Coal-Fired Power Plant. Black Hills Power, 2006-2008. Co-PI.
  • Produced Water Management and Beneficial Use. DOE, 2005-2007. Co-PI.
  • A joint project sponsored by the Colorado School of Mines, Stanford University, Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology, and the University of Wyoming. Task 1: CO2 Injection, Principal Investigator.
  • Organic Polymer Addition for Reducing Conveyance Seepage. Wyoming Water Development Commission, 2004-2006. Co-PI.
  • Chemical Oxidation Pilot Test. URS Corporation, F.E. Warren Air Force Base, 2004-2005. Principal Investigator.
  • Benzene Biodegradation via Denitrification and Background Organic Carbon Composition. DOE, 2003-2005. Co-PI.

Recent Projects (Internal):

  • Sustained Biogenic Production of Coal-Bed Methane. School of Energy Resources Consortium Seed Money Request. Co-PI.
  • Liquid and Gas Transport in Subbituminous Coals: The Effects of Bubble Nucleation, Growth, and Competitive Adsorption/Desorption. School of Energy Resources Graduate Assistantship. 2007. Principal Investigator.
  • Sustained Biogenic Production of Coal-Bed Methane: Microbial Production of Hydrogen and Acetate. School of Energy Resources Graduate Assistantship. 2007. Co-PI.
  • Identification of Proteins in Methane Producing Bacteria: Enhanced Secondary Biogenic Methane Production in Coalbed Methane Deposits. Faculty Grant-in-aid Program. 2007. Co-PI.

Teaching Experience:

CE 3400 Introduction to Environmental Engineering
CE 4400 Water Treatment
CE 4440 Solid & Hazardous Waste Management
CE 4900 Environmental Engineering Senior Design
CE 5445 Hazardous Waste Site Remediation
CE 5545 Project Management for Environmental Engineers
ENVE 5895 Environmental Engineering Seminar
ES 4910 Survey of Engineering Management (Project Management Module

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