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Josh Goldowitz

Professor
Department of Civil Engineering Technology, Environmental Management and Safety
College of Engineering Technology

585-475-7018
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Josh Goldowitz

Professor
Department of Civil Engineering Technology, Environmental Management and Safety
College of Engineering Technology

Education

BS, State University of New York at Binghamton; MS, University of Arizona

585-475-7018

Currently Teaching

ESHS-151H
3 Credits
The World Health Organization estimates that 1 in 8 people do not have access to a safe drinking water supply. The US State Department has stated that armed conflict over water rights is possible on many of the world’s river systems including the Nile, Tigris/Euphrates, Brahmaputra-Jamuna, and Mekong. What is the cause of these problems, and how will changes to the hydrologic cycle and world water supply brought about by climate change affect them? Students will learn about the hydrologic cycle, the general characteristics of surface water and groundwater, and global patterns of water use. Students will learn about the health, economic, and social consequences of drought and flooding, and the effect climate change is having on water supply in arid countries. Laws and government regulation of water withdrawal and use will be covered, as will techniques to extend the available water supply. Students will consider the positive and negative consequences of increasing the sustainability of the water supply through efficiency, conservation, inter-basin transfer, water use export, grey & black water reuse, urban runoff capture, and the creation of fresh water through desalination. Written and oral communication skills will be emphasized. Students will form teams to debate ethical issues related to equitable distribution of our limited water supply. The course will have one text, but learning materials will be strongly supplemented using documentaries, online videos and electronic and print journalism articles to elucidate the popular understanding of our water crisis. Students who complete this course may not take ESHS-360 (Sustainable World Water Supply) for credit.
ESHS-200
3 Credits
An introduction to geology from an environmental geology perspective, including topics related to sustainability of geologic resources. Basic geology topics include earth materials and internal forces. Environmental topics include erosion, mass wasting, river systems, and environmental sampling. Sustainability of earth resources is explored, including strategic and industrial minerals, and the long-term viability of fossil fuels.
ESHS-251
2 Credits
This laboratory course provides students with skills used in hydrologic investigations and investigations of contaminated sites. Students will learn field skills to support surface water investigations, groundwater investigations, and investigations of contaminated sites. Students will also learn to specify sampling any chemical analysis for contaminated sites, and to use common air and water quality field analytical instruments.
ESHS-201
2 Credits
This laboratory course provides students with skills used in geologic investigations and investigations of contaminated sites. Students will learn to describe and analyze surficial and shallow subsurface geological features, and to plan, execute, and interpret sampling events.
ESHS-360
3 Credits
The World Health Organization estimates that one in eight people do not have access to a safe drinking water supply. The U.S. State Department has stated that armed conflict over water rights is possible on many of the world’s river systems including the Nile, Tigris/Euphrates, Brahmaputra-Jamuna, and Mekong. What is the cause of these problems and how will changes to the hydrologic cycle and world water supply brought about by climate change affect them? Students will learn about the hydrologic cycle, the general characteristics of surface water and groundwater, and global patterns of water use. Students will learn about the health, economic, and social consequences of drought and flooding, and the effect climate change is having on water supply in arid countries. Laws and government regulation of water withdrawal and use will be covered, as will techniques to extend the available water supply. Students will consider the positive and negative consequences of increasing the sustainability of the water supply through efficiency, conservation, inter-basin transfer, water use export, grey and black water reuse, urban runoff capture, and the creation of fresh water through desalination.
ESHS-250
3 Credits
This course will cover most subdisciplines within the broad field of hydrology. Students will learn the theoretical background, and practical applications of selected aspects of the science including the hydrologic cycle, surface water calculations, vadose zone flow, groundwater hydraulics, groundwater monitoring, water chemistry, and groundwater contaminant transport. The class culminates in an investigation of a mock contaminated site in which the students apply aspects of all of the above mentioned topics. Hydrology has important applications for environmental managers, and these applications will be highlighted in the class.
ESHS-797
3 Credits
This course provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate their capabilities developed through their course of study to design, develop, and/or evaluate an EHS management related project culminating in a written report or manuscript and presentation.

Select Scholarship

Provisional Patent
Martin, Scott Wolcott, Joshua Goldowitz, Lee Newman & Peter. "Green (aka living) Wall Pretreatment Process for Wastewater Generated by Food and Beverage Manufacturers." U.S. Provisional Patent Application 62651791. 3 Apr. 2018.
Book Chapter
Faruque, Abdullah and Joshua Goldowitz. "Effect of Hydrofracking on Aquifers." Aquifer. Rijeka, NY: InTech, 2017. 100-124. Web.
Journal Paper
Goldowitz, Joshua, et al. "Performance of Green Wall Treatment of Brewery Wastewater." Environment Protection Engineering 42. 4 (2016): 137-149. Web.
Invited Keynote/Presentation
Goldowitz, Josh. "Guest Editorial: Fossil Fuel Addiction Must Be Broken." Sunday Editorial. Democrat & Chronicle. Rochester, NY. 25 Aug. 2012. Address.
Goldowitz, Josh. "Hydrofracking: The Facts." AAUW September Program. American Association of University Women. Fairport, NY. 22 Sep. 2011. Keynote Speech.
Goldowitz, Josh. "Hydrofracking 101." Everything You Always Wanted to Know About 21st Century Energy. Rochester Institute of Technology. Rochester, NY. 7 Dec. 2011. Keynote Speech.