Taha F. Marhaba, PhD, is a professor and chair of the department of civil and environmental engineering and director of the New Jersey Applied Water Research Center at New Jersey Institute of Technology. His expertise in water quality most notably has developed what is known as the spectral fluorescent signatures (SFS) technique, which is used to rapidly identify organics in water—organics that could be problematic. The SFS acts like a fingerprint of water, characterizing its organic content and allowing researchers to see if the water contains natural or unnatural sources. Most importantly, the SFS allows researchers to determine the organic character of watersheds and to check the water quality.
Marhaba also has an expertise in droughts, and has been one of New Jersey’s leading commentators on the consequences of the current drought. Prior to joining NJIT in 1995, he was associated with environmental consulting at Stone & Webster Engineering Corp.
His work has been published in Water Research, Journal of Environmental Engineering, Journal of Hazardous Materials and others.
Marhaba received the 2010 Distinguished Engineer Award from the Rutgers Engineering Society, the alumni association of the Rutgers School of Engineering. The awards are given annually to professors whose teaching has had an immense and positive impact on students. In 2008, Marhaba received NJIT's Excellence in Teaching Award for undergraduate instruction, lower division. The awards are given annually to professors whose teaching has had an immense and positive impact on students.
Marhaba holds a PhD and MS in environmental engineering and a BS in civil engineering, all from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Last update: 5/25/10
Topics: applied water research, new jersey applied water research center, water quality, spectral fluorescent signatures, droughts