Timothy Ellis, editor-in-chief of the Water Environment Federation’s (WEF’s; Alexandria, Va.) research journal, Water Environment Research, recently was named a Fulbright scholar. The professor of civil, construction, and environmental engineering at Iowa State University (Ames) served as a Fulbright Teaching Scholar in Malta for 4 months in early 2014.
Part of Ellis’ trip focused on developing the new course, “Solid Waste Management and Waste to Energy,” for the University of (Msida) Malta. Prior to Ellis’ course development, Malta did not have a course on solid waste management or waste to energy.
The small island country recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary in the European Union (EU). As an EU member, Malta is tasked with achieving a certain percentage of its energy from renewable sources, and municipal solid wastes are one area where Malta could obtain a portion of its potential renewable energy.
During a reception for the Fulbright scholars in Malta, Ellis met with Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley, U.S. ambassador to Malta. Ellis also was invited to the country’s Ministry of Energy to discuss Malta’s energy policy as it relates to renewable energy.