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Thomas Keinath

Thomas KeinathEmeritus Dean

Post-Doctoral, University of Michigan, 1968-1969, Water Resources Engineering
Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1968, Water Resources Engineering
M.S.E., University of Michigan, 1964, Sanitary Engineering
B.S.E., University of Michigan, 1963, Civil Engineering

Experience | Consulting | Memberships | Activities | Research | Honors | Advising

Faculty Overview

Emeritus Dean Keinath has 37 years of academic experience including 30 years as an academic administrator. For 14 years he led the College of Engineering & Science which consists of 4,500 to 5,000 students and approximately 430 faculty and permanent staff. At the time, the College offered BS, MS and PhD degree programs in eight engineering disciplines and four physical and mathematical sciences.

Professional Experience

Clemson University

2006-Present Emeritus Dean of Engineering and Science
1995-06 Dean of Engineering and Science
1992-95 Dean of Engineering
1977-92 Professor and Head of Environmental Systems Engineering
1976-77 Assoc. Professor/Acting Head of Environmental Systems Engineering
1972-76 Associate Professor of Environmental Systems Engineering
1969-72 Assistant Professor of Environmental Systems Engineering

Consulting Experience

Dr. Keinath has served as a consultant to numerous corporations, consulting engineering firms, law firms, and governmental agencies. For 18 years he served as an exclusive retained consultant for Engineering-Science, Inc. of Pasadena, California.


Member, American Chemical Society, (1967- )

Member, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, (1970- )

Member, American Society of Civil Engineers, (1964- )

Member, American Society for Engineering Education, (1983- )

Member, American Water Works Association, (1966- )

Member, Association of Environmental Engineering Professors, (1969- )

Member, National Society for Professional Engineers, (1994- )

Member, International Water Association, (1971- )

Member, Water Environment Federation, (1964- )

Professional Activities

During his 37-year professional career as a member of the academy, Dean Keinath was very active in service to the major national and international professional organizations concerned with water quality control. Dr. Keinath completed two two-year terms as President of the International Water Association (headquartered in London) and as Chair of its Executive Committee and Governing Board. He served the American Society of Civil Engineers as Chair of its Clarifier Research Technical Committee. Dean Keinath also served as President of the Association of Environmental Engineering Professors and as well as a three-year term as Chair of the 150-member Program Committee of the Water Environment Federation. He also served on several committees and panels of the National Research Council of the National Academy of Engineering and National Academy of Science.

Research & Publications

Dr. Keinath has published extensively in the technical literature. Included are four books or monographs and well over 100 technical papers. Most of these have dealt with the modeling and control of water and wastewater treatment facilities and physicochemical methods of treatment. The majority of his research was focused on adsorption/exchange processes, secondary clarification, sludge treatment, and surface and aquifer soil remediation.

Honors & Awards

Dr. Keinath was recognized by award of the Founders Award by the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science professors in 2002. This award recognizes outstanding contributions to the nation in environmental engineering education. In 1997, Dr. Keinath was conferred the Gordon Maskew Fair Medal by the Water Environment Federation for his lifetime accomplishments in the education of environmental engineer professionals. Dr. Keinath also was recognized by his alma mater, The University of Michigan, by being conferred the Alumni Society Merit Award (1996). In 1995, Dr. Keinath received the Harrison Prescott Eddy Medal for a publication, which appeared in Water Environment Research. In 1985, Dr. Keinath was awarded the Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize for his career research accomplishments. He has also been named a Chapter Honor Member of Chi Epsilon, the Civil Engineering honorary society, and an UNESCO Expert Lecturer. He has been recognized by the American Water Works Association by being conferred the Amsbury Academic Achievement Award. He is a member of numerous honor societies and is listed in significant biographical listings. The Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors and the Water Environment Federation has conferred distinguished service awards upon him.

Graduate Advising

During his career, Dr. Keinath directed the research of 87 master's, 15 Ph.D., and 8 postdoctoral students.