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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

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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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