Tarek Aziz

Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Undergraduate Advising

Dr. Tarek Aziz is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering at NC State.  Dr. Aziz is interested in research the couples environmental fluid dynamics with biological, chemical, and physical processes in both engineered and natural systems.

Dr. Aziz received his B.S. (2004) and M.S. (2005) degrees in Civil Engineering at Clemson University. He received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from NC State (2010).  Dr. Aziz spent five years as a teaching assistant professor in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at NC State before transitioning to a tenure track assistant professor in 2015.  At NC State he teaches CE 382 Hydraulics and CE 297 Introduction to Sustainable Infrastructure.


Ph.D. 2010

Civil Engineering

North Carolina State University

M.S. 2005

Civil Engineering

Clemson University

B.S. 2004

Civil Engineering

Clemson University

Research Description

Dr. Aziz's research focuses on environmental systems where biological, chemical, and/or physical processes are closely coupled to fluid dynamics. Dr. Aziz and his team use field monitoring, lab-based experiments, and numerical modeling to develop solutions and gain insights into both natural and engineered environmental processes. Research topics that Dr. Aziz is working on include studying the effects of artificial mixing on harmful algal blooms and the use of engineered wetlands for the removal of emerging contaminants like pharmaceuticals and personal care products.

Honors and Awards

  • NCSU Outstanding Teacher Award Recipient, 2014


Assessing Vertical Diffusion and Cyanobacteria Bloom Potential in a Shallow Eutrophic Reservoir
Han, Y., Smithheart, J. W., Smyth, R. L., Aziz, T. N., & Obenour, D. R. (2019), LAKE AND RESERVOIR MANAGEMENT. https://doi.org/10.1080/10402381.2019.1697402
Dissolved organicmatter processing and photoreactivity in a wastewater treatment constructed wetland
Sardana, A., Cottrell, B., Soulsby, D., & Aziz, T. N. (2019), SCIENCE OF THE TOTAL ENVIRONMENT, 648, 923–934. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.08.138
Determination of biosolids phosphorus solubility and its relationship to wastewater treatment
Jameson, M., White, J. G., Osmond, D. L., & Aziz, T. (2016), Water Environment Research, 88(7), 602–610. https://doi.org/10.2175/106143016x14609975746406
Municipal solid waste conversion to transportation fuels: a life-cycle estimation of global warming potential and energy consumption
Pressley, P. N., Aziz, T. N., DeCarolis, J. F., Barlaz, M. A., He, F., Li, F. X., & Damgaard, A. (2014), Journal of Cleaner Production, 70, 145–153. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2014.02.041
Determining the limits of anaerobic co-digestion of thickened waste activated sludge with grease interceptor waste
Wang, L., Aziz, T. N., & Reyes, F. L. (2013), Water Research, 47(11), 3835–3844. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2013.04.003
Anaerobic co-digestion of fat, oil, and grease (FOG): A review of gas production and process limitations
Long, J. H., Aziz, T. N., Reyes, F. L., & Ducoste, J. J. (2012), Process Safety and Environmental Protection, 90(3), 231–245. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psep.2011.10.001
Field Characterization of External Grease Abatement Devices
Aziz, T. N., Holt, L. M., Keener, K. M., Groninger, J. W., & Ducoste, J. J. (2012), Water Environment Research, 84(3), 237–246. https://doi.org/10.2175/106143012x13347678384161
Assessment of internal and external grease interceptor performance for removal of food-based fats, oil, and grease from food service establishments
Gallimore, E., Aziz, T. N., Movahed, Z., & Ducoste, J. (2011), Water Environment Research, 83(9), 882–892. https://doi.org/10.2175/106143011x12989211840972
Performance of grease abatement devices for removal of fat, oil, and grease
Aziz, T. N., Holt, L. M., Keener, K. M., Groninger, J. W., & Ducoste, J. J. (2011), Journal of Environmental Engineering (New York, N.Y.), 137(1), 84–92. https://doi.org/10.1061/(asce)ee.1943-7870.0000295
Simulation of vertical plane turbulent jet in shallow water
Aziz, T. N., & Khan, A. A. (2011), Advances in Civil Engineering (Online). https://doi.org/10.1155/2011/292904

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Tertiary Anammox Filters for Sustainable Nitrogen Removal
NCSU Water Resources Research Institute(3/01/20 - 2/28/21)
Sunlight-Mediated Removal of Emerging Contaminants in Treatment Wetlands and Surface Waters
NCSU Water Resources Research Institute(3/01/19 - 6/30/20)
Improving performance and examining expansion of constructed wetlands for tertiary treatment of nitrogen from domestic and municipal wastewater
NCSU Water Resources Research Institute(6/01/18 - 12/31/20)
Predicting the Effectiveness of Artificial Mixing for Controlling Algal Blooms in Piedmont Reservoirs
NCSU Water Resources Research Institute(3/01/16 - 6/30/19)
Effects of Enhanced Circulation on Vertical Mixing and Algal Blooms In Freshwater Reservoirs
National Science Foundation (NSF)(6/01/15 - 5/31/18)
Improving Start-up and Operation of Anaerobic Co-Digestion of Grease Interceptor Waste
NCSU Water Resources Research Institute(3/01/15 - 12/31/16)
Sustainable Anaerobic Co-Digestion of Grease Interceptor Waste
NCSU Water Resources Research Institute(3/01/13 - 6/28/14)
Utilizing Municipal Solid Waste as a Biofuel Feedstock
Biofuels Center of North Carolina(7/01/11 - 4/30/13)