UNC faculty train North Carolina wastewater treatment plant operators

October 05, 2007
Dr. Donald Francisco

Dr. Donald Francisco

More than 7,200 North Carolina wastewater treatment plant operators owe their training to Dr. Donald Francisco, clinical professor emeritus of environmental sciences and engineering at the UNC School of Public Health. Francisco coordinated the North Carolina Annual School for Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators for 32 years (1971 to 2003). The curriculum and instructors are approved and selected by a committee of the N.C. Water Environment Association. Francisco chaired that committee for 33 years. In 2003, in recognition of his service, the N.C. chapter of the American Works Association and Water Environment Association, named Francisco the first recipient of a new award named in his honor — the “Donald E. Francisco Educator of the Year Award.”

– by Kathleen Kearns

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