Dr. James Barnard, Ph.D., Ph.D. (h.C), P.Eng., BCEE, F.WEF, Dist.M.IWA, Dist.M.ASCE


JAMES L. BARNARD is Global practice and technology leader at the Overland Park, Kansas-headquartered Black and Veatch since 1998, Barnard has had a highly distinguished career of more than 53 years and is recognized worldwide as a leader in environmental engineering for research contributions that address key issues facing the U.S. and the world. Among his notable achievements, Barnard pioneered the invention of the biological nutrient removal (BNR) technology to remove nitrogen and phosphorus from used water. His technology uses naturally occurring microorganisms to remove nitrogen and phosphorus and allows the treated used water to be safely returned to rivers and lakes. Used in more than 100 BNR plants around the world, the technology helps to protect and maintain the water quality of lakes and rivers and promotes the recycling of water. It can also reduce operating costs of used water treatment by as much as $400,000 per million gallons per day over 20 years.

Barnard, who received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Stellenbosch, his master’s degree in environmental engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and his Ph.D. in environmental engineering from Vanderbilt University, was elected a fellow of the Water Environment Federation, and a distinguished professional of the International Water Association.

Among his many honors and awards, Barnard was accorded the 1984 Best Design Award by the South African Institute of Civil Engineering for his innovative wastewater treatment plant. In addition, he was the first practicing engineer to receive the prestigious Athalie Richardson Irvine Clarke Prize in 2007 presented by the National Water Research Institute. The prize is awarded to outstanding individuals who have implemented better water science research and technology to solve real-world water challenges. He also received the Singapore Water Prize in 2011 and was honored with Distinguished Membership in the American Society of Civil Engineers in 2013.

Dr. Cecil Lue-Hing, D.Sc., P.E., D.WRE., DEE., WEF Fellow, Hon. D.WRE, Dist.M.ASCE, NAE


DR. CECIL LUE-HING is the retired Director of Research and Development (R&D) for the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRDGC) and is currently principal of the Environmental Engineering Consulting Firm of Cecil Lue-Hing & Associates, Inc. in Chicago Illinois.  During his 28 year tenure at the MWRDGC, he provided R&D support for the combined sewer overflow (CSO), Tunnel and Reservoir Plan (TARP), the Sidestream Elevated Pooled Aeration System for the Chicago River, established and directed a comprehensive water quality monitoring program for the Greater Chicago Waterway System, and the Upper Illinois River, from Chicago to Peoria, Illinois.  As Director of R&D he was director of all analytical laboratory services, wastewater research, biosolids research, and air quality research programs.  He also directed the District’s environmental regulatory enforcement program for the control of industrial effluents, and the Industrial User Charge Program. Dr. Lue-Hing is also nationally recognized as a Biosolids Management Expert.  He has written extensively, and has authored, co-authored, or co-edited two reference texts on Biosolids Management, two on Industrial Wastewater Control, and two on Sewage Microbiology.  He has also published extensively in the peer reviewed and open professional literature. Dr. Lue-Hing has given freely of his time in the service of the profession.  He is currently President (2010) of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Member (2009 -2012), Chartered Science Advisory Board of US EPA,  Past-President of the Environmental and Water Resources Institute of ASCE, Past-President of the Association of Metropolitan Sewerage Agencies, former Board Member of the Water Environment Research Foundation, and Past-Chairman of the Board of Editorial Review Water Environment Research. Dr. Lue-Hing has received many prestigious awards including the ASCE’s National Civil Engineer of the Year, the Simon W. Freese Environmental Engineering Award and Lecture, the Water Environment Federation’s Charles Alvin Emerson Medal, and the American Academy of Environmental Engineers Gordon Maskew Fair Award. Dr. Lue-Hing is a graduate of Marquette, Case Western Reserve, Washington University in St. Louis, MO, a Registered Professional Engineer, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Professor Donald S. Mavnic, Ph.D., P.Eng, DEE, F.WEF, F.CSPE, F.CAE 


PROFESSOR DON MAVINIC is a Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering and currently serves as Associate Head of Faculty and Research. He received his B.A.Sc., M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Windsor (1969, 1970 and 1973) prior to assuming his faculty position at UBC in 1973. Dr. Mavinic’s research interests cover many different aspects of environmental engineering. Topics include: landfill leachate management, biological waste treatment processes, wastewater residuals treatment, nitrification and denitrification processes, phosphorus removal and recovery, diffused aeration studies, drinking water pipe corrosion studies, and disinfection by-products in drinking water. Dr. Mavinic received international acclaim for leading the development of a cost-effective system to recover phosphates from municipal wastewater systems, which has subsequently been patented and adopted by cities across North America. He has received numerous awards in recognition of his achievements, including the Ernest C. Manning Innovation Award (2010), the NSERC Synergy Award (2010), and the Meritorious Achievement Award from APEGBC (2011).

Professor Jonathan Wong, Ph.D.


DR. JONATHAN WONG is a Professor in the Department of Biology at the Hong Kong Baptist University, where he has taught since 1992, and Executive Director of Earth Tech Consultancy Co. Ltd. He is one of the founders of Hong Kong Organic Resource Centre (HKORC) and has developed the first third party certification system in Hong Kong, currently providing certification for local and overseas organic farming and processing operations. He is the author or co-author of over 350 SCI publications and conference proceedings. Jonathan has been active in promoting environmental protection and conservation in Hong Kong. He is the Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Agriculture and Fisheries, Vice Chairman of the Environmental Campaign Committee, Member of the Environment and Conservation Fund, and a Member of the Expert Committee of the Centre for Food Safety. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his contribution to the promotion of environmental protection by the Hong Kong SAR Government.

Professor Irene M.C. Lo, Ph.D., F.ASCE, FHKIE


PROFESSOR IRENE LO  is currently Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Director of Environmental Engineering Program at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). She is a Fellow of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE) and a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). She received both her M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, USA. She is also an associate editor of the Journal of Hazardous, Toxic & Radioactive Waste. Professor Lo has edited 4 books and published more than 250 journal and conference papers in the areas of remediation technologies for contaminated soils and groundwater, magnetic nano- and microparticles for environmental pollution control, carbon footprint analysis and life cycle assessment of remediation technology, waste containment facilities, and pollutant migration in soils.

Dr. Vince Fu, Ph.D


DR. VINCENT FU is the Chief Secretary of Environmental Protection Bureau of Taoyuan county government, Taiwan. He received his Ph.D. in environmental engineering from the National Sun Yat-Sen University in 2002. Dr. Fu held a post at Taiwan Environmental Protection Administration since 1992, and had a wide range of experiences at natural water body remediation, solid waste incineration, environmental disaster response and comprehensive environmental planning. Dr. Fu also was awarded the Medal of “Contribution for Water Conservancy” by Taiwan government in 2004.

Professor P.Y. Yang, Ph.D.


PROFESSOR P.Y. YANG received his B.S. in Applied Microbiology from the National Taiwan University in 1961, M.S. and Ph.D. in Bioenvironmental Engineering from Oklahoma State University in 1969 and 1972, respectively. He worked at Asian Institute of Technology for three years and then moved to University Hawaii 1n 1975. He is currently Emeritus Professor at University of Hawaii. His main expertise is in wastewater treatment and published over 200 research papers in journals and at national and international conferences.

Professor Michael von Hauff, Ph.D.


PROFESSOR MICHAEL VON HAUFF studied Economics at the Universities of Augusta and Georgia (USA) and later received his Doctorate. Since 1991 Hauff is Chair of Economics at the University of Kaiserslautern. His research interests include environmental – and development economics. He developed concept of sustainable market economy which he sees as an extension of the concept of the social market economy with the peer taking into account the “three dimensions of sustainable development: ecology, economy and social affairs”. In Germany, he held several teaching positions at the Universities of Konstanz perceived and Heidelberg. In 1995 he was at the University of Delhi – a visiting professor India. Since 2004 he holds guest lectures at the Technical University of Singapore. Since 2006 he holds in the context of a university co-operation between the Technical University of Kaiserslautern and the Yangon Institute of Economics – University of Yangon Myanmar and guest lectures. He is a member of a number of national and international organizations and editors of economics journals. Since 2010 he is member of the Board of Trustees of the Fridtjof Nansen Academy for Political Education in the Education Center Ingelheim.  Federal German Working Group for Environmental Management awarded him BAUM Environmental Award “for many years of outstanding scientific achievements in favor of sustainable development.”

Professor J.K.Bewtra, Ph.D., D.Sc, P.Eng, F.CSCE, F.ASCE


PROFESSOR J.K. BEWTRA has published more than 200 papers and supervised more than 70 graduate students in a professional and academic career spanning 50 years. He attained the rank of Distinguished Professor in 1998 and was elected a fellow of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering in 2001 and fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers in 2010. He also received an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of Guelph. Now retired from teaching, Dr. Bewtra continues to supervise graduate students and conduct research.

Professor Yatchko Ivanov, Ph.D., D.Sc


PROFESSOR YATCHKO IVANOV received his M.S. in Civil Engineering from Odessa University of Civil Engineering in 1957, Ph.D. in Rheology from the Czechslovacian Academy of Sciences in 1970, and D.Sc in Rheology from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences in 1988. Currently, he is Visiting Professor at Institute of Mechanics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.  Since 1997, he is also a Professor at Technological College – A.Kunchev University. He has received numerous awards and honors, and is a Member of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

Professor Lin Pengzhi, Ph.D.


PROFESSOR LIN PENGZHI graduated from the Department of Civil Engineering, Tianjin University in 1991. He went to the University of Hawaii, Manoa, for his graduate study and received his M.S. degree in Environmental Engineering. Subsequently, he went to Cornell University to continue his Ph.D. study. At Cornell, his research shifted to hydraulics with the focus on coastal engineering and wave dynamics (e.g., tsunami, breaking waves, etc.). In 1998, he received his Ph.D. degree from Cornell University. From 1998 to 1999, Dr. Lin continued at Cornell University as a Postdoctoral Associate. He then went to Hong Kong Polytechnic University as a Postdoctoral Fellow, where he started to develop a three-dimensional numerical model for wave-structure interaction. He joined National University of Singapore as an Assistant Professor in September 2000. His research at NUS covers wide range of wave modeling. In 2011, he moved to Sichuan University, China, as a Distinguished Chair Professor.

Professor Pascale Champagne, Ph.D., P.Eng., D.WRE, F.ASCE


PROFESSOR PASCALE CHAMPAGNE is a Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering and cross-appointed to the Department of Chemical Engineering at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada. Dr. Champagne is a leading researcher in environmental engineering, where currently she is developing a process to extract useable organic materials from waste biomass, such as livestock manure and forestry residue, and convert them into valuable chemicals and sources of energy, like biofuel. Dr. Champagne has won numerous research awards such as Early Researcher Award in 2007, which is awarded by the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation to attract and retain and the best and brightest research talent in high-priority economic research sectors; Russell Ackoff Award in 2005 for Best Paper Award by the International Journal of Solid Waste Technology and Management for the best paper; and Petro-Canada Young Innovator Award in 2002 for being recognized as an outstanding young faculty researcher whose academic work is particularly innovative, enhances the learning environment in the department in which they study and has the potential to be significant to society. Pascale earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Engineering and Master of Applied Science in Civil Engineering at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, and she is a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO), International Water Association (IWA), Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), Water Environment Federation (WEF), and American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Dr. Champagne has been an AAWRE Diplomate since September 2008.