Yarrow Nelson


Yarrow Nelson


Yarrow Nelson

Professor Emeritus
Environmental Engineering

Email: ynelson@calpoly.edu 


Curriculum Vitae (PDF)


  • B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 1979
  • M.S. Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Cornell University, 1992
  • Ph.D. Environmental Engineering, Cornell University, 1997

Teaching Interests

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Biochemical Engineering
  • Pollution Prevention
  • Environmental Impacts of Energy Production
  • Renewable Energy
  • Water and Wastewater Treatment
  • Mass Transfer

Research Interests

  • Bioremediation
  • Biofuel production from wastewater and algae-based flue gas treatment
  • Phytoremediation
  • Pollution prevention
  • Microbially-mediated contaminant transport and transformations
  • Toxic metal pollutants

Publications and Presentations



  • Cal Poly Distinguished Teaching Award, 2005
  • Northrup Grumman Excellence in Research and Development Award, 2004
  • Raytheon Excellence in Teaching and Applied Research Award, 2003
  • Environmental Protection Agency 1995-1997 STAR Graduate Student Fellowship


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