Environmental Science Faculty

Phillip Thompson, Ph.D, P.E.

Phillip L. Thompson

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Director of Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability

Phone: 206.296.5521

Building/Room: BANN 562

Curriculum Vitae

Teaching and Research Interests

Dr. Thompson is currently studying the removal of metals from drinking water with pyrolized agricultural waste materials (biochar). His recent work has examined the stability of anaerobic digesters during periods of high loading and the effectiveness and life-cycle costs of alternative drinking water treatment systems for developing countries. His other research interests have focused on the use of plants to restore soil and groundwater contaminated with explosives wastes. Professor Thompson teaches courses in environmental engineering and economics and is the faculty adviser for the Seattle University student chapter of Engineers for a Sustainable World.


Professor Phillip Thompson serves as Director of the Seattle University Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability and served as Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Chair from 2006-2013. He received the 2015 Seattle University Alumni Association's Distinguished Faculty Award and the 2011-2012 Father James McGoldrick Fellowship which is Seattle University's highest faculty honor. He was also awarded the 2009-2010 Thomas J. Bannan endowed chair of engineering. Dr. Thompson joined Seattle University after receiving his Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Iowa in 1997. He also earned an M.S. in Environmental Engineering and a B.A. in Biology from the University of Iowa and is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Washington.