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Wastewater treatment models in teaching and training: the mismatch between education and requirements for jobs

Thomas Hug, Lorenzo Benedetti UGent, Eric R Hall, Bruce R Johnson, Eberhard F Morgenroth, Ingmar Nopens UGent, Leiv Rieger, Andrew Shaw and Peter A Vanrolleghem (2009) WATER SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY. 59(4). p.745-753
abstract
As mathematical modeling of wastewater treatment plants has become more common in research and consultancy, a mismatch between education and requirements for model-related jobs has developed. There seems to be a shortage of skilled people, both in terms of quantity and in quality. In order to address this problem, this paper provides a framework to outline different types of model-related jobs, assess the required skills for these jobs and characterize different types of education that modelers obtain "in school" as well as "on the job". It is important to consider that education of modelers does not mainly happen in university courses and that the variety of model related jobs goes far beyond use for process design by consulting companies. To resolve the mismatch, the current connection between requirements for different jobs and the various types of education has to be assessed for different geographical regions and professional environments. This allows the evaluation and improvement of important educational paths, considering quality assurance and future developments. Moreover, conclusions from a workshop involving practitioners and academics from North America and Europe are presented. The participants stressed the importance of non-technical skills and recommended strengthening the role of realistic modeling experience in university training. However, this paper suggests that all providers of modeling education and support, not only universities, but also software suppliers, professional associations and companies performing modeling tasks are called to assess and strengthen their role in training and support of professional modelers.
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journalArticle (original)
publication status
published
subject
keyword
environmental engineering, education, mathematical modeling, wastewater treatment, ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING-EDUCATION, CONCLUSIONS, SIMULATION, SYSTEMS, FUTURE
journal title
WATER SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Water Sci. Technol.
volume
59
issue
4
pages
745 - 753
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000263933200015
JCR category
WATER RESOURCES
JCR impact factor
1.094 (2009)
JCR rank
36/64 (2009)
JCR quartile
3 (2009)
ISSN
0273-1223
DOI
10.2166/wst.2009.595
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
A1
id
623484
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-623484
date created
2009-05-11 16:14:08
date last changed
2009-05-18 15:09:22
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  author       = {Hug, Thomas and Benedetti, Lorenzo and Hall, Eric R and Johnson, Bruce R and Morgenroth, Eberhard F and Nopens, Ingmar and Rieger, Leiv and Shaw, Andrew and Vanrolleghem, Peter A},
  issn         = {0273-1223},
  journal      = {WATER SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY},
  keyword      = {environmental engineering,education,mathematical modeling,wastewater treatment,ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING-EDUCATION,CONCLUSIONS,SIMULATION,SYSTEMS,FUTURE},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {745--753},
  title        = {Wastewater treatment models in teaching and training: the mismatch between education and requirements for jobs},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.2166/wst.2009.595},
  volume       = {59},
  year         = {2009},
}

Chicago
Hug, Thomas, Lorenzo Benedetti, Eric R Hall, Bruce R Johnson, Eberhard F Morgenroth, Ingmar Nopens, Leiv Rieger, Andrew Shaw, and Peter A Vanrolleghem. 2009. “Wastewater Treatment Models in Teaching and Training: The Mismatch Between Education and Requirements for Jobs.” Water Science and Technology 59 (4): 745–753.
APA
Hug, Thomas, Benedetti, L., Hall, E. R., Johnson, B. R., Morgenroth, E. F., Nopens, I., Rieger, L., et al. (2009). Wastewater treatment models in teaching and training: the mismatch between education and requirements for jobs. WATER SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, 59(4), 745–753.
Vancouver
1.
Hug T, Benedetti L, Hall ER, Johnson BR, Morgenroth EF, Nopens I, et al. Wastewater treatment models in teaching and training: the mismatch between education and requirements for jobs. WATER SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY. 2009;59(4):745–53.
MLA
Hug, Thomas, Lorenzo Benedetti, Eric R Hall, et al. “Wastewater Treatment Models in Teaching and Training: The Mismatch Between Education and Requirements for Jobs.” WATER SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY 59.4 (2009): 745–753. Print.