California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Tryg Lundquist, Associate Professor

Phone: 756-7275


Office: 13-211

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  • B.A. in Environmental Science, University of California, Berkeley, 1989
  • M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 1992
  • Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2006

Professional Registration

  • Professional Engineer (PE) in Civil Engineering, California, 1997

Teaching and Research Interests


  • Wastewater Reclamation
  • Water Treatment
  • Water Chemistry
  • Animal Waste Management
  • Capstone Design Course


  • Natural wastewater treatment technologies such as ponds and wetlands
  • Evaluation of algae-to-biofuel processes
  • San Joaquin Valley pollution issues such as:
    • selenium-contaminated agricultural drainage
    • animal waste
    • water quality in wildlife refuges
  • Physico-chemical treatment
    • Oil field produced water
    • Title 22 Reclamation
  • Nutrient removal and recovery
  • Anaerobic bioreactors
  • Point-of-use and emergency water treatment devices
  • Publications on Digital Commons


  • Cal Poly Biodiesel Club advisor
  • Member of SuRGE, a faculty group promoting the teaching and implementation of resource-conserving designs and practices at Cal Poly

Select Awards and Recognition

  • Advisor to Tricia Compas, winner of the Outstanding Commitment Award, Clinton Global Initiative-University, 2008
  • First place, Barron Family Award, 2007 Innovation Quest, with students Daniel Frost and Stephen Barr
  • Engineering Education Fellowship, National Science Foundation, U.C. Berkeley College of Engineering, 2005-2006

Professional Affiliations

  • Water Environment Federation
  • American Water Works Association

William Oswald Algae Research Archive