Contact Information:

Dr. William Burgos, Professor
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Pennsylvania State University
Office: 212 Sackett Building
University Park, PA 16802 USA

Phone: 814-863-0578
FAX: (814)-863-7304

Research Interests

Bioremediation of soil, sediment and groundwater; Integrative hydrobiogeochemistry; Biological metal oxidation in coal mine drainage; Biological iron (III) reduction; Biological uranium (VI) reduction; Environmental impacts of shale gas development


  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
    Environmental Engineering Ph.D. 1995
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
    Environmental Engineering M.S. 1990
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
    Mechanical Engineering B.S. 1989


  • C E 370 – Introduction to Environmental Engineering | Spring 2010
  • C E 472W – Environmental Engineering Capstone Design | Fall 2013
  • C E 475 - Water Quality Chemistry | Spring 2013
  • C E 573 – Environmental Organic Chemistry | Spring 2014



Research in the Burgos lab is focused on the bioremediation and biogeochemistry of organic contaminants, heavy metals and radionuclides. Current research projects examine iron(III) reduction and uranium (VI) reduction related to Department of Energy (link) legacy waste cleanup, and manganese(II) oxidation and low-pH iron(II) oxidation related to coal mine drainage. Research projects typically employ of series of cross-disciplinary and complementary techniques such as electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and X-ray absorption spectroscopy for mineralogical characterizations; culture-based enumeration and DNA-based characterization of microbial communities; and, aqueous geochemical measurements for speciation modeling and kinetic analysis.