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Civil Engineering

Jeongdae Im | Assistant Professor

Photo of Jeongdae ImPh.D. - University of Michigan
Civil and Environmental Engineering
M.S. - Seoul National University
Civil and Environmental Engineering
B.S. - Seoul National University
Civil and Environmental Engineering

Contact Information

2129 Fiedler Hall
Personal webpage

Professional Experience

Jeongdae Im received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil and environmental engineering from Seoul National University. Before pursuing his doctorate, he worked for one of the largest construction companies in Korea as a research and development engineer. He designed and operated a pilot-scale membrane bioreactor for wastewater reuse. In 2006, he came to the United States to pursue a doctorate degree in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Michigan. He worked as a post-doctoral research associate at the University of Tennessee from 2011 to 2015, and as a research assistant professor in the microbiology department at the University of Massachusetts until 2017.


Im’s overarching research goal is to promote the development of sustainable biotechnologies for Water-Energy-Health-Climate nexus, by examining diverse catabolic activities of microbes, and by harnessing their activities for environmental engineering applications. In this vein, his primary research focus includes: (a) investigating biological and biologically mediated abiotic (BMAD) processes that influence contaminant fate and nutrient cycling in natural and engineered systems; (b) deciphering plant-microbe interactions using plant cell cultures for environmental engineering applications; (c) developing biotechnologies for control, reduction and utilization of greenhouse gases (CH4, N2O and fluorinated gases); and (d) understanding fate of emerging contaminants in the context of human health.

Im is seeking motivated students who are interested in pursuing graduate degrees in environmental biotechnology. If you are interested in joining his lab, please don’t hesitate to contact him at jeongdaei@k-state.edu.

Academic Highlights

Im has been closely collaborating with industry and recently obtained research grants from the American Chemistry Council. Im authored and/or co-authored 20 journal articles, 17 conference papers and three technical reports. He holds two patents, one of which has been successfully applied in over 44 waste water treatment facilities in Korea as of 2017. He is an active reviewer for peer-reviewed journals such as Environmental Science and Technology, Applied and Environmental Microbiology, Frontiers in Microbiology, and Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology.