William McCoy Ph.D: Biography/Education

Adjunct Faculty, Department of Microbiology and Immunology

Department of Microbiology and Immunology


  • Ph.D. Microbiology, University of Calgary (Professor: J.W. Costerton)
  • M.Sc. Microbiology, University of Hawaii (Professor: L.R. Berger)
  • B.Sc. Microbiology with Distinction, Calif. State University, Long Beach, CA
  • B.A. Chemistry with Honors, Calif. State University, Long Beach, CA


• 2002 Suez Trophy of Merit (the highest innovation award given by the group), Brussels
• 2002 2002 Grand Prize Management Innovation Trophy, Suez Group, Brussels
• 2001 Medal for Outstanding Contribution to Management and Science. Intl. Water Assoc., Berlin
• 2001 Inventor of the Year Award. The Intellectual Property Law Association, Chicago
• 2000 2000 Grand Prize Technical Innovation Trophy, Suez Group, Paris
• 1999 Governor's Pollution Prevention Award, The State of Illinois
• 1998 R&D 100 Award. Research and Development Magazine. 1998. 40(10):140
• 1986 Rohm and Haas Computer Applications Research Award
• 1986 Rohm and Haas Performance Merit Award
• 1982 - 1984 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Post-Doctoral Fellowship
• 1981 NOVA Foundation Scholar, Full Graduate Stipend, University of Calgary
• 1980 Graduate Research Assistant, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
• 1977 - 1979 Graduate Research and Teaching Assistantships, University of Hawaii

Courses Taught
Applied and Environmental Microbiology


Since graduate studies beginning in 1978, Bill has been continuously innovating in the chemistry, microbiology and analytical diagnostics of water management. He has published more than 100 scientific articles including 30 US patents (all with international equivalents) and 8 book chapters. The International Water Association published his full-length book entitled Preventing Legionellosis in 2005.

Current Lab Members

Leah Wickenberg, MSc.
Katie Fisher, MSc.
Avneet Chhabra, BSc.
Doug Ross, BSc.

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