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Sharon Zelmanowitz, Ph.D., P.E.

Civil Engineering, Professor Dean, School of Engineering and Cyber Systems

Dr. Zelmanowitz graduated from Cornell in 1983 with a B.S. in Agricultural Engineering and from N.C. State University with an M.S. in Biological and Agricultural Engineering in 1986. After earning her Masters, Dr. Zelmanowitz worked as an environmental engineer at Alliance Technologies in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. At Alliance she engaged in a wide variety of projects for the EPA including developing emissions inventories for the acid precipitation database and updating hazardous waste databases. She left Alliance to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering in August 1991. Her dissertation work involved studying the fate of acidic leachates and heavy metals in soils beneath coal storage piles. In August 1991, Dr. Zelmanowitz took a teaching position in Civil Engineering at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and is presently a full professor, section chief, and coordinator of environmental engineering for the major. She engages cadets in Coast Guard research and consulting work such as development of shipboard wastewater systems and evaluation/improvement of storm water systems at CGA. Dr. Zelmanowitz maintains an active relationship with local water and wastewater plants which has led to academically enriching, service-based class projects.


  • Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • M.S., Biological and Agricultural Engineering North Carolina State University
  • Agricultural Engineering, Cornell University

Courses Taught

  • Senior Capstone Design
  • Environmental Engineering I
  • Environmental Engineering II
  • Statics and Engineering Design
  • Strength of Materials
  • Civil Engineering Design

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • Zelmanowitz, S. 2005. “Treatment of Simulated Shipboard Gray Water in a Lab-Scale Membrane Bioreactor.” Center for Advanced Studies Report 08-05.
  • Zelmanowitz, S. 2003. “Development of a Membrane Bioreactor to Treat Combined Gray Water and Black Water on a 225’ Buoy Tender”, Presented at the Marine Environmental Engineering Technology Symposium In Pursuit of Cleaner Seas.

Awarded Grants

  • Adrezin, R., Burns, K., Freeman, R., and Russell, J. (2012). DOD Systems Engineering Grant – RT19A to support integrating systems engineering into capstone projects – Senior Personnel: A. Foley, R. Hartnett, and S. Zelmanowitz: Department of Defense


  • U.S. Department of Transportation Team Commendation Award. November, 1997

Professional Memberships

  • Professional Engineer in New York since 1994
  • Water Environment Federation
  • New England Water Environment Association
  • New York Water Environment Association
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • National Academic Advising Association

Contact Information

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