Zhiyong "Jason" Ren

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and Environment, Associate Director for Research at the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment

Website: https://www.princeton.edu/cee/people/display_person/?netid=zjren

Office: Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, 213

Phone: 609-258-4899

Research interests: Water-energy nexus and energy and resource recovery during waste treatment processes.


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    Turning breakthroughs into lasting solutions

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    Civil and Environmental Engineering

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    Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment