A. OLA OPARA portrait
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Geography Department
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Education

  • Ph.D., Environmental Engineering, University of Utah. Project: Dissertation: "Microbially Enhanced Production of Methane from Coal". Adviser: Prof. D. Jack Adams
  • M.Sc., Environmental Engineering, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, USA. Project: Thesis: "Membrane Separation of Cyanide Species". Adviser: Prof. Jan Miller
  • B.Sc., Environmental Protection and Management, Gdansk University of Technology, Poland. Project: Thesis: "Chemistry and Technology of Methane Hydrates" Adviser: Prof. Jan Hupka

Biography

Dr. Ola Opara is an R&D and process engineer with nearly a decade of experience in industrial water treatment. Dr. Opara is a Vice President at Inotec, where she directs the Bioprocess Development Laboratory, which focuses on treatability testing and technology development/implementation of water treatment processes in the mining and power industries. 

She was instrumental in development and testing of an Electro-Biochemical Reactor technology, from bench and pilot-scale tests to a full-scale implementation. Her testing, management, and engineering experience concentrates in the United States and Canada, with several other projects in Central and South America, Europe, and Africa.

She has published papers in peer-reviewed and trade journals, and presented her research at various mining- and water-related conferences. Ola has a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from a joint graduate program at the Department of Metallurgical Engineering and the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Utah. She currently holds an Adjunct Assistant Professor position at the University of Utah, where she teaches classes on energy resources, water issues, and sustainability.