Larry Erickson

 Larry Erickson (photo)



  Dr. Larry E. Erickson

  Center for Hazardous Substance Research

  Professor, Chemical Engineering




  • B.S. Chemical Engineering, Kansas State University, 1960
  • Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, Kansas State University, 1964

Areas of Interest and Experience

In 1964, Larry Erickson graduated from Kansas State University as its first Ph.D. student in chemical engineering. He was subsequently hired by the department, and went on to teach and inspire hundreds of students. Now,  has retired after 51 years, but is continuing his service as professor emeritus. Ever advocating for students, supporters and well-wishers are invited to make a gift to the Larry Erickson Fellowship Award, a fund to help offset the costs for educating chemical engineering graduate students.

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Larry Erickson is the Director of the Center for Hazardous Substance Research (CHSR), and Professor of Chemical Engineering at Kansas State University. As director, he oversees national environmental remediation research, technology transfer, and outreach programs. Under his direction, the Center has provided long- and short-term environmental research related to key hazardous substance problems. These include soil and ground water remediation, waste minimization and pollution prevention associated with agriculture, forestry, mining and mineral processing with emphasis is on contaminated soil remediation. Significant advances in techniques for the remediation of contaminated soil developed through Erickson's research have resulted in cost savings at many field sites, including some in Kansas.

In addition, Dr. Erickson successfully creates and leads multidisciplinary research teams of faculty, students, and industry collaborators. He has been a key leader of a Department of Defense program which performs basic and applied research to develop new, environmentally acceptable, sustainable technologies that give our military forces the advantage in urban operations.

Specific research areas include: Biochemical Engineering; Biological Waste Treatment; Process Design and Synthesis;Transport Theory; Environmental Engineering; Bioremediation; Food Engineering; Reaction Engineering; Sustainability; Phytotechnologies

Contact Information

1012 Durland Hall
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506
voice: (785) 532-4313

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