Bruce Dvorak performs research and extension outreach on improving the environmental sustainability of both municipal water systems and industrial systems. In recent years his work has ranged from examining the barriers to the implementation of innovative technologies for small community drinking water systems, methods for improving the energy efficiency of small community wastewater systems, reducing water use and wastewater production in the food industry, and using life cycle assessment to make process decisions within the food and municipal water industries.
He serves as the Associate Director of Outreach for the US EPA-funded Center Water Innovation Network for Sustainable Small Systems, focused on developing and encouraging implementation of innovative technologies for treating drinking water for small communities. He is Associate Director of the US DOE-funded Nebraska Industrial Assessment Center (NIAC) that provides no-cost energy assessments for industrial and municipal wastewater systems using student teams. He is the Director of the grant-funded Partners in Pollution Prevention (P3) program. The projects focus on reducing water use, wastewater production, energy use, hazardous waste generation, and solid waste disposal.
Dvorak received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, his M.S. in Environmental Health Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, and his B.S. in Civil Engineering from University of Nebraska-Lincoln.