Damir Brdjanovic is Professor of Sanitary Engineering at IHE Delft (formerly UNESCO-IHE) Institute for Water Education and Endowed Professor at Delft University of Technology since 2009. Areas of his expertise include wastewater treatment and urban drainage, pro-poor and emergency sanitation, and faecal sludge management. He is a pioneer in the practical application of models in wastewater treatment practice in developing countries. He invented the Shit Killer® device for excreta management in emergencies, the award-winning eSOS Smart Toilet® and associated software eSOS Monitor®, with funding by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). Prof. Brdjanovic obtained so far major research and education grants of total value in excess to USD 25M.
He has initiated the development and implementation of innovative didactic approaches and novel educational products (including e-learning) at IHE Delft. In 2015, together with the BMGF, he founded the Global Sanitation Learning Alliance and in 2017 Global Partnership of Laboratories for Faecal Sludge Analyses.
Currently his chair group at IHE Delft consists of ten staff members, two post-doctoral fellows and 15 PhD students. In addition, in excess of 100 MSc students have graduated under his supervision so far. Prof. Brdjanovic has a sound publication record including co-autorship of article in Science with Prof. van Loosdrecht, is co-initiator of the IWA Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development, and is the initiator, author and editor of six books in the wastewater treatment and sanitation field. In 2015 he became an International Water Association Fellow. Until recently, Prof. Brdjanovic was head of Environmental Engineering and Water Technology department of IHE Delft managing 35 staff. His affiliation with Prof. van Loosdrecht’s group dates from 1994.