George Korfiatis (gkorfiat)

George Korfiatis

Professor

Nicoll Laboratory 103
(201) 216-8909

Education

  • PhD (1984) Rutgers University (Water Resources/Environmental Engineering)
  • MS (1980) Rutgers University (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
  • BS (1978) Rutgers University (Civil Engineering)

Research

Dr. Korfiatis is a recognized scholar in the areas of water resources, geohydrology, groundwater contamination, and environmental and geotechnical engineering. He has served in various professional committees and boards over the past several years both within the US and around the world. He has authored numerous books, journal papers, book chapters and research reports and eight US patents. He is a Board Certified Environmental Engineering Member of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors and has been named the Inventor of the Year by the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame in 2009.

General Information

Education

Doctor of Philosophy
Water Resources/Environmental Engineering
Rutgers University, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 1984

Master of Philosophy
Rutgers University, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 1982

Master of Science
Water Resources Engineering, Rutgers University, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 1980

Bachelor of Science
Civil Engineering with Honors, Rutgers University, 1978

Experience

Dr. George P. Korfiatis is currently the McLean Chair Professor of Environmental Engineering at the Department of Civil, Environmental and Ocean Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology. From 2006 to 2016, Dr. Korfiatis served as Provost and University Vice President at Stevens Institute of Technology, acting as chief academic officer
 of the university and the highest-ranking official after the President. As Provost he was responsible for all academic departments, schools, colleges and research centers, end ensured that Stevens maintains the culture and the human and physical infrastructure necessary to achieve its mission. He closely collaborated with 
the Academic Deans, Vice Provosts and the Faculty Senate, to develop and sustain trans-disciplinary research communities, establishing all academic policies, overseeing reviews of all academic units, and leading the implementation of strategic initiatives in accordance with the Stevens Strategic Plan.
Previously Dr. Korfiatis served as Dean
 of the Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering at Stevens and Founding Director of the Stevens Center for Environmental Engineering, where he managed research programs valued in excess of $50 million.

Institutional Service

  • CEOE Promotions and Tenure Committee Member
  • Environmental Engineering Program Committee Member
  • Graduate Committee Member
  • New Faculty Search Committee Member
  • Teaching and Learning Excellence Committee (TLEC) Chair
  • Institute Promotions and Tenure Committee Member

Professional Service

  • Protection and Restoration of the Environment XV Member
  • Acquisition Innovation and Research Center (AIRC) Chair of Panel on Acquisition Strategies for the Joint Pathology Center (JPC) Repository Enhancement and Availability

Appointments

1. Provost and University Vice President (2006- 2016)
2. Interim President and Provost (2010-2011)
3. Dean, Charles V. Schaefer Jr. School of Engineering (2002-2006)
4. Founding Director of the Stevens Center for Environmental Engineering (1987-2002)
5. McLean Chair Professor of Environmental Engineering (1999-present)
6. Tenured Professor, Department of Civil, Environmental and Ocean Engineering (1990-present)

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Dr. Korfiatis is a co-founder of two Stevens Enterprise Companies: PlasmaSol Corp. and HydroGlobe LLC, both later acquired by Fortune 500 companies.

Honors and Awards

Honorary Degrees

Honorary Doctorate, Entrepreneurship and Innovation
UKM, The National University of Malaysia, 2012

Honorary Doctorate, Civil Engineering
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, 2011

Honorary Doctorate, Engineering
Stevens Institute of Technology, 2011

Honorary Master of Engineering
Stevens Institute of Technology, 1995

Other

Inventor of the Year, New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame, 2009

Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award, Research and Development Council of New Jersey, 2006

Finalist, Tech Museum Technology Awards, Environmental Division, 2002

McLean Chair Professor of Environmental Engineering, 1999

Exemplary Achievement in Research Award, Stevens, 1995

Member of Chi Epsilon, National Honor Fraternity for Civil Engineers

Member of Tau Beta Pi, National Engineering Honor Society

Member of Sigma Xi Honorary Research Fraternity

Educator of the Year Award - Stevens Chi Epsilon, 1984

Professional Societies

  • American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists Member
  • NAI – National Academy of Inventors Fellow

Grants, Contracts and Funds

Curriculum Development and Accreditation (Universiti Brunei Darussalam), - $1,636,601.00; PI
July/2014- December/2021

Safety assessment methods for Supercritical Water Oxidation (SCWO) facility at Blue Grass Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plant (BGCAPP) (US Department of Defense - Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering), - $393,394.34; PI, 2019-2020

Net Zero Technologies for the Army's Industrial Munitions Base (LEIDOS - US Army), - $5,413,646.00; Co-PI, January/2018 - October/2021

Industrial Base Resilience Initiative – Holston Army Ammunition Plant, TN (SIA Solutions LLC, US Army Corps of Engineers Mobile District), - $4,937,500.00; Co-PI , April/2020 - April/2023

Patents and Inventions

Patents

7,497,952: Methods of preparing a surface-activated titanium oxide product and of using same in water treatment processes.

7,473,369: Methods of preparing a surface-activated titanium oxide product and of using same in water treatment processes.

7,192,553: In situ sterilization and decontamination system using a non-thermal plasma discharge.

7,094,322: Use of self-sustained atmospheric pressure plasma for the scattering and absorption of electromagnetic radiation.

6,942,807: Iron powder and sand filtration process for treatment of water contaminated with heavy metals and organic compounds.

6,919,029: Methods of preparing a surface-activated titanium oxide product and of using same in water treatment processes.

6,818,193: Segmented electrode capillary discharge, non-thermal plasma apparatus and process for promoting chemical reactions.

6,752,926: Method and apparatus for treatment of wastewater.

5,629,199: Sonically enhanced method for removing chemical preservatives from chemically treated wood products.

Selected Publications

1. P. C. Yannopoulos, P. Economou, I. Zacharias, I. D. Manariotis, G. Korfiatis, C. Christodoulatos, & A. Koutsospyros (Editors), 2021, Proceedings Protection and Restoration of the Environment XV, University of Patras, Greece.

2. Shi, Q., Meng, X., Korfiatis, G. P. (2021). EVALUATION OF TECHNIQUES FOR LEAD REMOVAL FROM DRINKING WATER: RECENT ADVANCES. Proc. Protection and Restoration of the Environment XV, University of Patras, Greece

3. Zhang, S., Shi, Q., Chou, T.-M., Christodoulatos, C., Korfiatis, G., Meng, X. (2020). Mechanistic Study of Pb(II) Removal by TiO2 and Effect of PO4. Langmuir(Volume 36.Issue 46), 13918-13927.

4. Wei, J., Meng, X., Song, Y., Shi, Q., Wen, X., Korfiatis, G. (2020). Surface mole-ratio method to distinguish surface precipitation and adsorption on solid-liquid interface. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 397.

5. Shi, Q., Zhang, S., Ge, J., Wei, J., Christodoulatos, C., Korfiatis, G., Meng, X. (2020). Lead immobilization by phosphate in the presence of iron oxides: Adsorption versus precipitation. Water research, 179, 115853.

6. Zhang, S., Shi, Q., Korfiatis, G., Christodoulatos, C., Wang, H., Meng, X. (2020). Chromate removal by electrospun PVA/PEI nanofibers: Adsorption, reduction, and effects of co-existing ions. Chemical Engineering Journal, 387.

7. Zhang, S., Shi, Q., Christodoulatos, C., Korfiatis, G., Meng, X. (2019). Adsorptive filtration of lead by electrospun PVA/PAA nanofiber membranes in a fixed-bed column. Chemical Engineering Journal, 370, 1262-1273.

8. Korfiatis, G., Meng, X., Shi, Q. (2018). THE USE OF NANOCRYSTALLINE TITANIUM DIOXIDE IN REMOVING HEAVY METALS FROM WATER: A HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE OF SCIENTIFIC ADVANCEMENTS (vol. 1, pp. 1129-1135). Proc. Protection and Restoration of the Environment XIV.

Courses

CE-595 Geotechnical Design
SM-532 Sustainable Development
EN-553 Groundwater Engineering
EN-690 Soil and Groundwater Remediation