Environmental engineering and earth sciences professor emeritus, Alan Elzerman, has been named a Fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS) for the class of 2013. Fellows are selected by their peers for exceptional contributions to their profession and for outstanding service to the ACS community.
Elzerman devoted his life’s work to developing the science and public policy of environmental chemistry, and sharing that knowledge through the classroom and professional service. He was a well-respected professor who taught classes on environmental engineering chemistry, advanced environmental chemistry, and introductory environmental science. Elzerman served as chair of Clemson’s environmental engineering and earth sciences department for 12 years. He was also the director and principal investigator for Clemson’s Sustainable Universities Initiative (SUI). SUI encouraged and supported people involved in sustainability activities to make Clemson a model institution. Many of the University’s current sustainability initiatives trace their origins to SUI. Elzerman’s personal research focused on analyzing the chemicals in environmental systems and studying their sources and fate. Of specific interest was the transport of radionuclides in aquifers and chemical tracers of human wastewater sources. He is a former chairman for the American Chemical Society’s environmental chemistry division, which held over 5000 members. He also served on the National Water Quality Task Force, which advised on the monitoring and regulation of drinking water contaminants. Elzerman holds a B.A. in chemistry from Williams College, and a Ph. D. in water chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.