Invited Seminars by Dr. Brennan

Brennan, R. A. (2017) “Feeding 11 Billion: The Biosynthesis of High-Quality Protein from Wastewater." Invited seminar, The Future of Food: Strengthening Partnerships for Impact, Sponsored by the Andrew J. Young Foundation, Washington, D.C., January 10.

Brennan, R. A. (2016) “Eco-Machine Aquaponics: Capturing Nutrients from Wastewater for Sustainable Food and Biofuel Production." Invited seminar, Rutgers the State University of New Jersey, Plant Biology & Pathology Seminar Series, Co-Sponsored by the Departments of Environmental Science and Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources, September 28.

Brennan, R. A. (2016) “Applied Symbiosis in Ecological Engineering: Converting Waste into Life for Global Sustainability.”  Invited seminar, Symbiosis (BIOL 406), Eberly College of Science, Penn State University, April 20.

Brennan, R. A. (2016) “Solving Challenges at the Food-Energy-Water Nexus through Innovation in Sustainable Engineering.”  Invited seminar, Ethics in Architecture (ARCH 550), Penn State University, March 29.

Brennan, R. A. (2015) “Ecological Infrastructure for Sustainable Communities.”  Invited seminar, Jiangnan University, China, July 14.

Brennan, R. A. (2015) Invited panelist for post-film screening of Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, The Water Symposium at Penn State, University Park, PA, April 22.

Brennan, R. A. (2015) “Ecological Infrastructure: Sustainable Integrated Systems for Water Purification and Beneficial Reuse around the World.” Invited seminar, Industrial Engineering Colloquium Series (IE 590), College of Engineering, Penn State University, University Park, PA, March 26.

Brennan, R. A. (2015) “Ecological Infrastructure for Sustainable Communities -or- How Applied Symbiosis Can Save the World.” Invited seminar, Symbiosis (BIOL 406), Eberly College of Science, Penn State University, University Park, PA, March 23.

Brennan, R. A. (2015) “Giving Powerful, Dynamic, and Memorable Presentations.” Kappe Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar, Penn State University, University Park, PA, January 14.

Brennan, R. A. (2014) “The Development of Sustainable Bioremediation Technologies to Solve Global Water Challenges.”  Invited webinar, Penn State Water Resources Extension, December 17.

Brennan, R. A. (2014) “Ecological Infrastructure for Developing Sustainable Communities around the World.”  Invited seminar, Department of Engineering, St. Francis University, November 14.

Brennan, R. A. (2014) “Ecological Infrastructure for Developing Sustainable Communities around the World.”  Invited seminar, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Delaware, November 7.

Brennan, R. A. (2014) “Innovative Approaches to AMD Treatment.”  Invited speaker, Centre County Watershed Summit, Penn State, November 3.

Brennan, R. A. (2014) “You’ve Gotta Have Friends: Plant-Microbe Symbiosis Purifies Water in the Eco-Machine.”  Invited seminar, Department of Plant Pathology Graduate Seminar, Penn State, February 24.

Brennan, R. A. (2014) “Discovering the Power of Science and Engineering.”  Keynote speaker, Expanding Your Horizons STEM Career Day for Young Women, Penn State, February 1.

Brennan, R. A. (2013) “The Future of Sustainable Infrastructure.”  Keynote speaker, Chi Epsilon Civil Engineering Honor Society, Penn State, December 3.

Brennan, R. A. (2013) “The Development of Sustainable Bioremediation Technologies to Solve Global Water Challenges.”  Invited seminar, Architecture Graduate Seminar, GREEN to POST-GREEN, Penn State, November 11.

Brennan, R. A. (2013) “Fungal Biocatalysis of Emerging Contaminants in Wastewater.”  Invited speaker, 55th Annual Penn State Mushroom Industry Conference, Kennett Square, PA, October 7.

Brennan, R. A. (2013) “The Development of Sustainable Bioremediation Technologies to Solve Global Water Challenges.”  Invited seminar, Environmental Microbiology Symposium, Penn State, September 28.

Brennan, R. A. (2013) “Career Opportunities in Consulting vs. Academia.”  Invited speaker, Kappe Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar, Penn State, August 28.

Brennan, R. A. (2013) “Exploring Strange New Worlds and New Civilizations within the Eco-Machine.”  Invited seminar, Millennium Café, Penn State, August 13.

Brennan, R. A. (2013) “Emerging Trends in Environmental Remediation: Meeting the Triple Bottom Line.” Invited seminar, Golder Associates, Mount Laurel, NJ, July 9.


Brennan, R. A. (2013) “Biocatalysis of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals in Wastewater Using Advanced Ecological Processes.” Invited seminar, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, May 3.


Brennan, R. A. (2013) “Emerging Trends in Environmental Remediation: Meeting the Triple Bottom Line.” Invited seminar, Australian Contaminated Land Consultants Association (ACLCA), Adelaide, Australia, April 30.


Brennan, R. A. (2013) “Emerging Technologies in Groundwater Remediation.” Panelist presentation for Contaminated Land, The Three Rs: Regulations, Risk Assessment, and Remediation, Golder Associates Client Seminar, Adelaide, Australia, April 30.


Brennan, R. A. (2013) “An Emerging Technology for Emerging Contaminants: Biocatalysis of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals in Wastewater for Beneficial Reuse.” Invited seminar, RMIT, Melbourne, Australia, April 18.


Brennan, R. A. (2012) “The Development of Sustainable Bioremediation Technologies to Solve Global Water Challenges: Applications in the Treatment of Acid Mine Drainage and Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals.” Invited seminar, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia, November 12.


Brennan, R. A. (2012) “Remediation of Acid Mine Drainage and Chlorinated Solvents using Multifunctional Substrates.” Invited Tech Talk, Golder Associates, Adelaide, Australia, October 23.


Brennan, R. A. (2012) “An Emerging Technology for Emerging Contaminants: Biocatalysis of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals in Wastewater for Beneficial Reuse.” Invited seminar, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia, October 23.


Brennan, R. A. (2012) “An Emerging Technology for Emerging Contaminants: Biocatalysis of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals in Wastewater for Beneficial Reuse.” Invited seminar, University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia, October 22.


Brennan, R. A. (2012) “The Use of Multifunctional Substrates for the Remediation of High-Strength Acid Mine Drainage.” Invited Tech Talk, Golder Associates, Perth, Australia, October 5.


Brennan, R. A. (2012) “An Emerging Technology for Emerging Contaminants: Biocatalysis of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals in Wastewater for Beneficial Reuse.” Invited seminar, Murdoch University, Perth, Australia, October 4.


Brennan, R. A. (2012) “You’re going to drink WHAT??? Using Eco-Machines to Clean Contaminated Water.” Invited Tech Talk, Golder Associates, Melbourne, Australia, September 28.


Brennan, R. A. (2012) “Using Multifunctional Substrates to Simplify and Accelerate Remediation Design: Applications with Chlorinated Solvents and Acid Mine Drainage.” Invited seminar, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, September 21.


Brennan, R. A. (2012) “The Use of Multifunctional Substrates for the Remediation of High-Strength Acid Mine Drainage.” Invited Tech Talk, Golder Associates, Sydney, Australia, September 20.


Brennan, R. A. (2012) “Remediation of High-Strength Acid Mine Drainage Using Multifunctional Substrates: Laboratory and Field Trials.” Invited seminar, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, September 5.


Brennan, R. A. (2012) “The Use of Multifunctional Substrates for the Remediation of High-Strength Acid Mine Drainage.” Invited Tech Talk, Golder Associates, Brisbane, Australia, September 3.


Brennan, R. A. (2012) "They're Not Just for Dinner Anymore: Removal of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals from Wastewater using White-rot Fungi." Invited speaker, 54th Annual Penn State Mushroom Industry Conference, University Park, PA, June 11.


Brennan, R. A. (2012) "Engineering at the Chemistry-Biology Interface: Revolutionary Advances in Applied Science from the Molecular-Level to the Global Ecosystem." Invited speaker, 18th Annual German-American Frontiers of Science Symposium, sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Potsdam, Germany, May 11.


Brennan, R. A. (2012) “Remediation of High-Strength Mine Impacted Water at the Klondike-1 Discharge using Crab Shell Substrate Mixtures: Laboratory Column and Field Pilot Tests.” Invited speaker , 6th West Branch Susquehanna Restoration Symposium, State College, PA, April 27.


Brennan, R. A. (2012) “Friends in Small Places: Using Eco-Machines to Clean Contaminated Water and Produce Byproducts with Economic Value.” Keynote Address, Faculty Invitational Lecture Series Guest Speaker, Penn State Lehigh Valley Undergraduate Research Symposium, Center Valley, PA, April 5.


Brennan, R. A. (2012) “Removal of Endocrine Disruptors from Wastewater: Current Technologies and Advanced Research.” Invited continuing education seminar, Pennsylvania Rural Water Association, University Park, PA, March 29.


Brennan, R. A. (2011) “Ecological Wastewater Treatment: The Promise of Living Machines.” Invited seminar, International Workshop of Water Environment and Ecological Restoration of Taihu Lake, Jiangnan University, Wuxi, China, May 20.


Brennan, R. A. (2011) “Klondike-1 Crab Shell Pilot Test: Results and Field Tour.” Invited seminar, Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds, Board Meeting, Cambria County, PA, April 26.


Brennan, R. A. (2011) “Removal of Endocrine Disruptors from Wastewater: Current and Developing Technologies.” Invited continuing education seminar, Pennsylvania Rural Water Association, University Park, PA, March 31.


Brennan, R. A. (2010) “Enzymatic Biocatalysis of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals in Wastewater using Phanerochaete chrysosporium.” Invited seminar, Department of Plant Pathology, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, November 28.


Brennan, R. A. (2010) “Plastics, Pesticides, and Pharmaceuticals: Understanding the Potential Health Risks to Ourselves and Our Children.” Invited seminar, League of Women Voters of Centre County, Public Forum, State College, PA, September 15.


Brennan, R. A. (2010) “Pilot-Scale Field Test of Crab Shell for the Treatment of High-Risk Acid Mine Drainage at Klondike-1.” Invited seminar, Clearfield Creek Watershed Association, Cambria County, PA, June 15.


Brennan, R. A. (2010) “Using Living Machines to Remove Endocrine Disruptors from Wastewater.” Invited seminar, The Pennsylvania Water Symposium, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, May 6.


Brennan, R. A. (2010) “You're Going to Drink WHAT???: Using Living Machines to Clean Contaminated Water.” Invited seminar, Penn State Lectures on the Frontiers of Science, sponsored by the Penn State Eberly College of Science and the Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, February 6.


Brennan, R. A. (2009) “Civil engineering for sustainable design.” Invited seminar, sponsored by Chi Epsilon Civil Engineering Honor Society, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, December 2.


Brennan, R.A. (2008) “Solving a global water crisis in a local watershed: a comprehensive analysis of chitin as a multifunctional substrate for the treatment of acid mine drainage.” Invited seminar, University of Tennessee, sponsored by the University of Tennessee Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment, Joint Institute for Biological Sciences and the Center for Environmental Biotechnology, Knoxville, TN, April 4.


Brennan, R.A. (2007) “The future of multifunctional substrates in remediation design.” Invited seminar, Camp Dresser & McKee, Inc. (CDM), Denver, CO, May 17.


Brennan, R.A. (2005) “From shrimp dinners to superfund sites: the use of chitin for the bioremediation of chlorinated solvents.” Invited seminar, Earth and Environmental Engineering, Columbia University, New York, NY, March 11.


Brennan, R.A. (2004) “From shrimp dinners to superfund sites: the use of chitin for the bioremediation of chlorinated solvents.” Invited seminar, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Delaware, Newark, DE, September 17.