James C. Converse

Position title: Emeritus Professor: Domestic and Animal Waste Systems, Energy

Email: jcconver@wisc.edu

Phone: (608) 265-8152

125 Agricultural Engineering Building
460 Henry Mall
Madison, WI 53706

James Converse Headshot

Program Affiliations

  • Biological Systems Engineering
  • Small Scale Waste Management Project

Education and Certificates

  • B.S. 1964 – Agricultural Engineering, North Dakota State University
  • M.S. 1966 – Agricultural Engineering, North Dakota State University
  • Ph.D. 1970 – Agricultural Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Fields of Interest

  • Environmental Quality
  • Onsite Wastewater Management
  • Animal Manure Management


  • BSE 210
  • BSE 372
  • BSE 472
  • BSE 900

Expertise Summary

My interests are in treating, reclaiming, recycling wastewater onsite which is out side the realm of municipal wastewater treatment. My works involves developing and evaluating systems that designed to treat the wastewater generated within a home or commercial facility not tied to municipal sewage treatment plants.

Another area of interest is animal waste management involving the design and management of various types of manure handling and treatment systems from recycling the manure to the crop, producing energy and odor control.