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Francis de los Reyes III

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Francis de los Reyes III

Professional Role

Current Titles:

Environmental engineer, Professor

Current Organizations:

North Carolina State University, Gawad Kalinga USA, Philippine-American Academy of Scientists and Engineers, Filipino-American Performing Artists of NC


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Dr. Francis L. de los Reyes III is a Professor of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, Associate Faculty of Microbiology, and Training Faculty of Biotechnology at North Carolina State University. His research focuses on biological processes and combines modeling, bioreactor experiments, and molecular microbial ecology tools in addressing fundamental and practical issues in environmental biotechnology and environmental engineering. An important area of his research and teaching is water and sanitation in developing countries.

He has been awarded Outstanding Alumnus Awards from Iowa State University (2010), the University of the Philippines-Los Banos (2008), and Philippine Science High School (Gawad Lagablab Award, 2011). He is a 2008 DOST Balik-Scientist awardee, and is an Adjunct Professor at UP Los Banos, where he serves on MS and PhD thesis and dissertation committees, and conducts research with UPLB scientists. He has received the US National Science Foundation CAREER Award (‘the highest science award given to young faculty’) in 2001 for his research and education efforts, the NCSU Earthwise Award in 2010, the Kimley-Horn Faculty Award in 2003 for outstanding research, the ASCE Editor’s Award for contributions to the Journal of Environmental Engineering, and various US national awards for best research. His students have won state (NC AWWA/WEA), national (WEF) and international (IWA) awards for research presentations and posters.

Current and past research projects (funding of ~ $4.5 M in last 10 years) include: quantitative microbial risk assessment of graywater reuse (WRRI), molecular analysis and modeling of the competition between filaments and floc-formers in activated sludge (NSF), analysis of the ecophysiology of nitrifiers and denitrifiers in microbial floc (NSF), optimization of a swine waste treatment system for nitrogen removal (US Department of Agriculture), analysis of the fate of bioagents in landfills (EPA), microbial characterization of landfills (Waste Management, Inc.), molecular techniques for groundwater remedation sites (US DOE/DOD), investigation of foam control methods (Hazen and Sawyer), development of probes for environmentally versatile Bacillus strains (Novozymes Biochemicals, Inc.), improvement of sludge dewatering (NC WRRI), microbial ecology of grease interceptors (CSPA) and the system-wide optimization of wastewater treatment plants using genetic algorithms.

He is the author/co-author of 40 book chapters and journal papers, 102 conference papers/presentations, and has given 54 invited talks. He has been a consultant for industry, engineering firms, and public utilities on activated sludge operation, solids separation problems, and molecular microbiology techniques in the Philippines, India, China, and Montenegro. He has also mentored an Engineers Without Borders group that developed a sanitation system for a village in Peru. He served on the Editorial Board of the journal Water Research and is currently on the Editorial Board of ASCE Journal of Environmental Engineering, and Philippine Science Letters. He is a Board Member of the Philippine American Academy of Scientists and Engineers.

Dr. de los Reyes received his BS in Agricultural Engineering (magna cum laude) from the University of the Philippines-Los Banos in 1990, MS in Civil Engineering from Iowa State University in 1994, and PhD in Environmental Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2000. He is married to Josephine Caballes-de los Reyes, and has three children- Mithi Alexa, Miguel Bayan, and Mireya Kathryn. He is the Raleigh-Durham Coordinator of Gawad Kalinga USA (since 2005). The North Carolina GK branch has raised funds for 3 GK villages (90 homes) in Quirino, Naga, and Masbate, and has supported GK’s efforts to sustain these and other villages. He is also involved in Green Kalinga (GK’s environmental arm) and has helped in education and training of GK volunteers. He is Founding Vice-President and has been a Board Member of the Filipino-American Performing Artists of North Carolina (FAPA-NC) since 2001. FAPA aims to teach Filipino-American youth the culture of the Philippines through dances, music, and art.

Vital Stats

Fellows Class
Filipino (Pilipino)
Living in
Raleigh, United States
Working in
Raleigh, United States
Born in
Manila, Philippines



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