Basil C. Baltzis, PhD, is a professor in the Otto H. York Department of Chemical, Biological and Pharmaceutical Engineering. He was appointed as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs of the Newark College of Engineering effective December 1, 2011.
Baltzis has served as Chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering (2001-2006), Associate Chair for Graduate Studies in ChE (1988-1991, and 1999-2001), and Director of the Pharmaceuticals/Specialty Chemicals Cluster of the Emission Reduction Research Center at NJIT (1997-1999). At NJIT, Baltzis has done funded research (over $2M) in the area of biological treatment of hazardous (liquid and gaseous) wastes. He has over 60 publications in refereed journals, conference proceedings, and book chapters. His experimental and modeling work on the dynamics of forced bioreactors and biofilters is internationally recognized and has been cited over 600 times. He has chaired a number of sessions at AIChE meetings, and has organized and co-chaired an Engineering Foundation conference.
Baltzis has a sustained record of teaching excellence. He was among the inaugural recipients of the Master Teacher designation at NJIT (2000) and has a strong interest in engineering education research and innovating teaching methods. He is the recipient of the Robert W. Van Houten Award for Teaching Excellence (1998) and the Harlan J. Perlis Research Award (1999). He has also received the NJIT Excellence in Teaching Award for Graduate Level Instruction (1988) and, twice, the NCE Excellence in Teaching Award (1999 and 2010). He is a member of AIChE, ACS, ASEE, Omega Chi Epsilon, Sigma Xi, the Hellenic Chamber of Engineers (Greece) and the New York Academy of Sciences.
Baltzis holds a PhD from the University of Minnesota (1983), a master of science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1980), and a Diploma from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece (1978). All his degrees are in chemical engineering.
Last update: December 1, 2011
Topics: biological treatment of hazardous wastes, dynamics of forced bioreactors and biofilters