William H. Funk, Ph.D.

Title: Professor (Retired)
Company: Washington State University
Location: Manti, Utah, United States

William H. Funk, Ph.D., Retired Professor at Washington State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in environmental engineering and higher education.

Dr. Funk commenced his career as a science and mathematics teacher at Salt Lake City Schools in 1957, holding the role for three years. While pursuing his master’s degree, he served as a research assistant at the University of Utah and head of the science department at Northwest Junior High School for two years. Obtaining his doctorate in 1966, he then started his tenure at Washington State University, where he first served as a faculty member. He advanced to associate professor of environmental engineering in 1971 and full professor in 1975, a position he held until his retirement from academia in 1999. During this time, he also served as chairman of the Environmental Science and Regional Planning Program at the university for two years and was the director of both the Environmental Research Center and the State of Washington Water Research Center. He amassed over 40 years of practiced experience in the field.

The recipient of a Bachelor of Science in biological science, Master of Science in zoology, and Doctor of Philosophy in limnology from the University of Utah, Dr. Funk is the former president of the Terrene Institute and was a consultant for several corporations, including the U.S. Civil Service, the ORB Corporation, the Washington Department of Ecology, the Boise Cascade Corporation, Harstad Engineers and the U.S. Army. He was also the co-director of the Institute of Research Management for several years. Locally involved, he has been a board member of Manti-Ephraim Airport since 2006 and was a volunteer area coordinator for the Central Utah chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons. He previously served as captain in the U.S. Naval Reserve between 1955 and 1976.

Focusing his research on water pollution control and lake restoration, Dr. Funk was the vice president of the Washington section of the American Water Resources Association, the co-founder of the Washington Lakes Protection Association and president of the Pacific Northwest Pollution Control Association. He has accrued several accolades during his tenure, including the Friends of Lakes Award from the Washington Lakes Protection Association, the Secchi Disk Award from the North America Lake Management Society, the President’s Distinguished Faculty Award from Washington State University and the Arthur S. Bedell Award. He has been a frequent grantee of such institutions as the U.S. Geological Survey, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Washington Conservation Commission, the Office of Water Resources Research and the National Science Foundation, among many others. Notably, Dr. Funk was a U.S. Public Health Fellow in 1963. Additionally, Dr. Funk served on active duty in the U.S. Navy aboard a destroyer from 1955 to 1957.  He then joined the U.S. Naval Reserve and served in various training capacities. In the final four years of his tenure, he served as commanding officer of two Naval Reserve Divisions, consecutively serving two years each division, and he retired as Captain, USNR.

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