Faculty Profile

Roland Cusick

Civil and Environmental Engineering
Roland Cusick
Roland Cusick
Assistant Professor
3217 Newmark Civil Engineering Bldg
205 N. Mathews
Urbana Illinois 61801
(217) 244-6727

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

Academic Positions

  • 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.

Professional Registrations

  • Engineer in Training, California, 2005

Research Statement

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.

Research Interests

  • Biological wastewater treatment
  • Microbial electrochemical technologies
  • Resource recovery from wastewater
  • Capacitive deionization
  • Electrochemical desalination
  • Phosphorus precipitation

Selected Articles in Journals

Magazine Articles

Professional Societies

  • 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