Instructor Biography

Jan A. Oleszkiewicz

Background and Experience

Jan Oleszkiewicz

Professor Dr. Jan Oleszkiewicz teaches and conducts research, development and applied engineering work in biological nutrient removal from wastewater and biosolids treatment with emphasis on nutrient recovery and management of resulting concentrated side streams. Conducts work on development of continuous aerobic granular sludge, on electrokinetic processes in sludge dewatering, disinfection and drying and on mainstream membrane bioreactor fouling control using electrokinetic methods of process control. Has diverse 35 years’ experience in international engineering consulting on biological nutrient removal plant design, biosolids processing, advanced anaerobic treatment and bioenergy projects including manure management. Educated at Wroclaw University of Technology and at Vanderbilt University, he has lectured and consulted on wastewater treatment and biosolids management in USA, Europe, Australia and Asia. He has published over 500 papers and several books in the field and is presently involved in biosolids and wastewater management master-plans for several cities in USA, Canada and EU.

He has won numerous awards and accolades including:

  • 2015 – Medal of Merit, Gdansk University of Technology
  • 2014 – Medal Sapienti Sat – Society Sniadecki-Olszewski-Wroblewski, Poznan PL
  • 2011 – Dr John M. Bowman Memorial Winnipeg Rh Institute Foundation Medal and Award for Excellence in Research
  • 2011 – Elected IWA Fellow: International Water Association (IWA); Hague NL
  • 2010 – Professional Achievement Medal, Polish Association of Sanitary Engineers and Technicians’ 90th
  • 2009 - Merit Award. University of Manitoba & UM Faculty Association
  • 2008 – Excellence in Teaching Award: For contributing to the success of students with outstanding efforts in the classroom. University of Manitoba Graduating Class
  • 2008 – PROTE Award: for outstanding achievements in environmental protection
  • 2004 – Laboratory Analyst Excellence Award: For outstanding performance, contributions to the water quality analysis profession Water Environment Federation (WEF): Western Canada Water Environment Association
  • 2003 – Gordon M. Fair Medal: For Outstanding Service in Engineering Education Water Environment Federation
  • 2003 – Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers (5 S Society) Western Canada Water Environment Association
  • 2002 – "Aquarina" Award and Prize: For outstanding service in water pollution control Funded by SEEN Ltd and Polish Association of Sanitary Engineers (PASE/PZITS)
  • 1998 - Albert E. Berry Medal: For outstanding contributions to environmental engineering in Canada

Courses Taught
Biological Nutrient Removal - Introduction to