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


Effects of dissolved organic matter characteristics on the photosensitized degradation of pharmaceuticals in wastewater treatment wetlands
Sardana, A., Weaver, L., & Aziz, T. N. (2022, April 18), ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE-PROCESSES & IMPACTS, Vol. 4. https://doi.org/10.1039/D1EM00545F
Exploring nutrient and light limitation of algal production in a shallow turbid reservoir
Han, Y., Aziz, T. N., Del Giudice, D., Hall, N. S., & Obenour, D. R. (2021), ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION, 269. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2020.116210
Increased loading stress leads to convergence of microbial communities and high methane yields in adapted anaerobic co-digesters
Wang, L., Hossen, E. H., Aziz, T. N., Ducoste, J. J., & Reyes, III. (2020), Water Research, 169, 115155. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2019.115155
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, Vol. 36, pp. 169–185. https://doi.org/10.1080/10402381.2019.1697402
Dissolved organic matter 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
Using 16S metagenomics to determine microbial population shifts associated with a 336% boost in methane yield during anaerobic co-digestion of grease waste
Wang, L., Hossen, E. H., Aziz, T. N., Ducoste, J., & Reyes, F. L. (2015), Proceedings of the Water Environment Federation, 2015(11), 6112–6118.
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., & Damgaard, A. (2014), Journal of Cleaner Production, 70, 145–153. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2014.02.041
Sustainable Anaerobic Co-Digestion of Grease Interceptor Waste
Aziz, T. N. (2014). , . Water Resources Research Institute of the University of North Carolina.
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

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Air and Water Quality Impacts of TiO2 Coated Asphalt
Town of Cary(2/01/22 - 12/31/24)
Viability of Fungal Bioremediation for Treatment of Persistent Pesticides in North Carolina Waters
NCSU-WRRI Urban Water Consortium(3/01/21 - 6/30/22)
Tertiary Anammox Filters for Sustainable Nitrogen Removal
NCSU Water Resources Research Institute(3/01/20 - 12/31/21)
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)