Primary Research Area
- Environmental Engineering and Science
- Ph.D. Environmental Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, 2013
- M.S. Environmental Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, 2010
- B.S. Environmental Engineering, University of California, Riverside, 2005
Roland Cusick earned his B.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Riverside (2005), and holds an M.S. (2010) and Ph.D. (2013) in Environmental Engineering, both from the Pennsylvania State University. His honors include receiving the W. Wesley Eckenfelder Graduate Research Award from the American Association of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (2013), the Penn State Alumni Association Dissertation Award (2013), and the Dow Sustainability Student Challenge Award (2012).
Dr. Cusick teaches CEE 443 Environmental Engineering Principles, Chemical and CEE 437, Water Quality Engineering
- Assistant Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2013-present
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Major Consulting Activities
- Island Water Technology, Prince Edward Island, Canada, 2014 - present: Consult on R&D of a bioactivity sensor for autonomous wastewater treatment systems
- Aquapod, Calgary, Ontario, Canada, 2013 - present: Serve on scientific advisory board for advanced treatment septic system development
- Cambrian Innovation, Cambridge, MA, 2011: State of the art survey of high rate anaerobic digestion systems.
- Envinity, State College, PA, 2010: Energy and economic assessment of MSW co-digestion and CHP at Williamsport wastewater treatment plant.
- Engineer in Training, California, 2005
Dr. Cusick has research interests in resource recovery from liquid and thermal waste streams and sustainable water and wastewater treatment. His primary research areas include desalination with energy storage materials as well as nutrient and energy recovery from wastewater.
- Biological wastewater treatment
- Microbial electrochemical technologies
- Resource recovery from wastewater
- Capacitive deionization
- Electrochemical desalination
- Phosphorus precipitation
Selected Articles in Journals
- Cusick, R. D., B. Bryan, D. S. Parker, M. D. Merrill, M. Mehanna, P. D. Kiely, G. Liu and B. E. Logan (2011). Performance of a pilot-scale continuous flow microbial electrolysis cell fed winery wastewater. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology 89(6): 2053-2063.
- Cusick, R. D., Y. Kim and B. E. Logan (2012). Energy capture from thermolytic solutions in microbial reverse-electrodialysis cells. Science 335(6075): 1474-1477.
- Yates, M. D., R. D. Cusick, and B.E. Logan (2013). Extracellular palladium nanoparticle production using Geobacter sulfurreducens. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering. 1 (9), 1165-1171.
- Cusick, R. D., M. C. Hatzell, F. Zhang, and B.E. Logan (2013). Minimal RED cell pairs markedly improve electrode kinetics and power production in microbial reverse electrodialysis cells. Environmental Science & Technology, 47(24), 14518-14524
- Hatzell, M. C., R. D. Cusick, and B. E. Logan (2014). Capacitive mixing power production form salinity gradient energy enhanced through exoelectrogen-generated ionic currents. Energy & Environmental Science, 7, 1159-1165.
- Hatzell, M. C., I. Ivanov, R. D. Cusick, X. Zhu, and B. E. Logan (2014). Comparison of hydrogen production and electrical power generation for energy capture in closed-Loop ammonium bicarbonate reverse electrodialysis systems. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 16(4), 163238.
- Cusick, R. D., M. L. Ullery, B. A. Dempsey, and B. E. Logan (2014). Electrochemical struvite precipitation from digestate with a fluidized bed cathode microbial electrolysis cell. Water Research, 54, 297-306.
- Shoener, B. D., I. M. Bradley, R. D. Cusick, and J. S. Guest (2014). Energy positive domestic wastewater treatment: the roles of anaerobic and phototrophic technologies. Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts, 16 (6), 1204-1222
- Trimmer, J.T., R.D. Cusick and J. S. Guest (2017). Amplifying Progress toward Multiple Development Goals through Resource Recovery from Sanitation. Environmental Science & Technology, 51 (18), 10765-10776
- Hand, S. and R. D. Cusick (2017). Characterizing the Impacts of Deposition Techniques on the Performance of MnO2 Cathodes for Sodium Electrosorption in Hybrid Capacitive Deionization. Environmental Science & Technology, 51 (20), 12027-12034.
- Shang, X., R. D. Cusick, and K. C. Smith (2017). A combined modeling and experimental study assessing the impact of fluid pulsation on charge and energy efficiency in capacitive deionization. Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 161 (14), E536-E547.
- Agrawal, S., Guest, J.S., and R.D. Cusick (2018). Elucidating the impacts of initial supersaturation and seed crystal loading on struvite precipitation kinetics, fines production, and crystal growth. Water Research, 132, 252-259.
- Kim, M., del Cerro, M., Hand, S., and R.D. Cusick (2019). Enhancing capacitive deionization performance with charged structural polysaccharide electrode binders. Water Research, 148, 388 - 397.
- Member, American Chemical Society
- International Society for Microbial Electrochemistry and Technology, Organization Newsletter, 2012-2014
- Member, Electrochemical Society
- Member, Water Environment Federation
- Member, Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors
Service on Department Committees
- Environmental Engineering and Science Admissions and Fellowship Committee
- Energy-Water-Environment Sustainability Admission and Fellowship Committee
- Environmental Engineering and Science Governance Committee