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Art Kney, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at Lafayette, recently gave a presentation of “Wetlands Plants” at Muhlenberg College.

Kney shared his knowledge on identification and preservation of wetland plants and habitat on Nov. 13, giving insight on their uses in environmental engineering.

The talk was part of a Muhlenberg series of seminars for educators, designed to keep teachers abreast of current issues in natural science, environment, and ecology as well as pedagogy.

Kney was principal investigator for a project that received a $49,832 grant from the National Science Foundation this year to continue faculty-student research on a method to improve water and wastewater treatment. His collaborators on the project, “Magnetic Effect on Ion Exchange Treatment of Electrolyte Solutions,” are Javad Tavakoli, associate professor and head of chemical engineering, and Andrew Dougherty, associate professor of physics. They worked for a second consecutive summer with Trustee Scholar Katie Barillas ’04, a chemical engineering major from Bethlehem, Pa.

Kney has published several articles on research related to the NSF project, including a paper with Tavakoli and Molek in the 2001 Conference Proceeding for the Environmental and Water Resources Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and another with them presented at the 2001 National Conference on Undergraduate Research. He is a member of the ASCE/Environmental & Water Resources Institute, served as vice president of the Lehigh Valley Section of ASCE from 2000-2001, and has been a member of Lucent Technology’s Local Environmental Advisory Group since 1997.

A member of the Lafayette faculty since 1999, Kney earned a bachelor of arts degree in biology from Saint Francis College and a bachelor’s of science magna cum laude in civil engineering from the University of Massachusetts, as well as a master’s degree in civil engineering and Ph.D. in environmental engineering from Lehigh University. He served as a site investigator with Merritt/Osborn Environmental Consulting Inc. in Newtown, Pa., from 1990-1999.

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