Dr. Rao Y. Surampalli, Ph.D., D.Sc.(h.c.), P.E., BCEE, IWA Fellow, WEF Fellow, Hon. D.WRE, F.AAAS, Dist.M.ASCE

Rao Y. Surampalli received M.S and Ph.D degrees in Environmental Engineering from Oklahoma State and Iowa State Universities, respectively. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the branches of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and also a Board Certified Environmental Engineer (BCEE) of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers (AAEE) and a Diplomate of the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers (DWRE).  He has had a highly distinguished career over more than 35 years and is recognized worldwide as a key leader in environmental engineering. He worked for the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US E.P.A.) for 29 years and has retired from the US E.P.A. as an Engineer Director. His career in private practice, government, university and applied research has given him the opportunity to experience and appreciate the varied interests and challenges of the environmental engineering profession. He is an Adjunct Professor in seven universities and distinguished/honorary professor in five universities. Currently, he serves, or has served on 66 national and international committees, review panels, or advisory boards including the ASCE National Committee on Energy, Environment and Water Policy. He was a past President of Civil Engineering Certification (CEC), Inc., an entity of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) that was created in 2004 by the ASCE Board of Direction to provide a mechanism for the post-licensure certification of various specialties within civil engineering.

He is a Distinguished Engineering Alumnus of both the Oklahoma State and Iowa State Universities, and is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, an elected Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, an elected Member of the Russian Academy of Engineering, an elected Fellow of the Water Environment Federation and International Water Association, and a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He also is Editor-in-Chief of the ASCE Journal of Hazardous, Toxic and Radioactive Waste, and past Vice-Chair of Editorial Board of Water Environment Research Journal. Dr. Surampalli has received 26 national awards or medals, including the 22nd “National Federal Engineer of the Year Award” in 2001 and was the first USEPA engineer to receive this prestigious award. He has conducted and coordinated major research efforts on 45 environmental engineering topics including on: production of bioplastics and biopesticides from biosolids; occurrence and fate of emerging contaminants (pharmaceuticals, antibiotics, and endocrine disrupting chemicals) in water and wastewater treatment processes; environmental risk of nanomaterials and nanotechnology; bioenergy and biofuel production; greenhouse gas emissions and climate change; carbon capture and storage; clean and green technologies; soil and groundwater remediation; water and wastewater treatment; infrastructure development and management; and sustainable development and life cycle assessment., He is a prolific author and has added significantly to the professional literature. He has authored more than 600 technical publications, including 15 patents, 18 books, 115 book chapters, 270 refereed (peer-reviewed) journal articles, over 109 gene bank submissions, presented at more than 228 national and international conferences, edited 13 refereed conference proceedings, and given over 115 plenary, keynote or invited presentations worldwide.


Dr. Tian C. Zhang, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, BCEE, F.ASCE, F.AAAS

Tian C. Zhang is a Professor in the department of Civil Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), USA. He received his Ph.D. in environmental engineering from the University of Cincinnati in 1994. He joined the UNL faculty in August 1994. Professor Zhang teaches courses related to water/wastewater treatment, remediation of hazardous wastes, and non-point pollution control. Professor Zhang’s research involves fundamentals and applications of nanotechnology and conventional technology for water, wastewater, and stormwater treatment and management, remediation of contaminated environments, and detection/control of emerging contaminants in the environment. Professor Zhang has published more than 75 peer-reviewed journal papers, 43 book chapters and 9 books since 1994. Professor Zhang is a member of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Water Environmental Federation (WEF), and Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP). Professor Zhang is a Diplomate of Water Resources Engineer (D.WRE) of the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers, and Board Certified Environmental Engineers (BCEE) of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers, Fellow of American Society of Civil Engineers (F. ASCE), and Academician of European Academy of Sciences and Arts. Professor Zhang is the Associate Editor of Journal of Environmental Engineering (since 2007), Journal of Hazardous, Toxic, and Radioactive Waste (since 2006), and Water Environment Research (since 2008). He has been a registered professional engineer in Nebraska, USA since 2000.


Dr. Jimmy (C.M.) Kao, Ph.D., P.E, D.WRE, BCEE, F.EWRI, F.ASCE, F.AAAS

C.M. Kao is a distinguished professor in the Institute of Environmental Engineering at National Sun Yat-Sen University, Taiwan. Dr. Kao is also the Coordinator of Environmental Engineering Program of Taiwan National Science Council and President of Taiwan Association of Soil and Groundwater Environmental Protection. He received his MS and Ph.D. degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering from North Carolina State University in 1989 and 1993, respectively. Dr. Kao has more than 24 years of experiences as a researcher and environmental engineer in water quality modeling, watershed management, soil and groundwater remediation, contaminated site characterization, wastewater treatment, and risk assessment. Prof. Kao is a fellow member of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), an Academician of European Academy of Sciences and Arts (EASA), a fellow member of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a fellow member of Environment and Water Resource Institute (EWRI), Academician of European Academy of Sciences and Arts, a Registered Professional Engineer in the branch of Civil Engineering, a Certified Ground Water Professional, and a Professional Hydrologist in the United States. He is also a Diplomate of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Diplomate of American Academy of Water
Resources Engineers. He is also the Associate Editor of the ASCE journal, Hazardous, Toxic, and Radioactive Waste and WEF journal, Water Environment Research. Dr. Kao has published more than 18 patents, 190 refereed journal articles, and many book chapters.


Dr. R. D. Tyagi, Ph.D.

R. D. Tyagi is  an  internationally  recognized  Professor  with ‘Institut  national  de  la  recherche  scientifique  –  Eau,  terre, et environment’, (INRS-ETE), University of Québec, Canada. He holds Canada Research Chair on, ‘Bioconversion of wastewater and wastewater sludge to value added products.’  He conducts research on hazardous/solids waste management, water/wastewater treatment, sludge treatment/ disposal, and bioconversion  of  wastewater  and  wastewater  sludge  into value added products. He has developed the novel technologies of simultaneous sewage sludge digestion and metal leaching, bioconversion of wastewater sludge (biosolids) into Bacillus thuringiensis   based   biopesticides, bioplastics, biofertilisers and biocontrol agents. He is a recipient of the ASCE State-of-the Art of  Civil  Engineering Award, ASCE Rudolph Hering  Medal,  ASCE Wesley Horner Medal and ASCE Best Practice Oriented Paper  Award.  He also received 2010 Global Honor Award (Applied Research) of International Water Association, 2010 Grand Prize (University research) of American Academy of Environmental Engineers, and Excellence Award of Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada for Industry-University collaborative research. Dr. Tyagi has published/presented over 600 papers in refereed journals, conferences proceedings and is the author of eleven books, seventy book chapters, ten research reports and nine patents.


Dr. C.S.P. Ojha, Ph.D.

C.S.P. Ojha is a Professor in Civil Engineering Department of Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee. He holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London, U.K. He has published more than 150 research papers in peer-reviewed journals and supervised/co-supervised 34 PhD theses and 85 M.Tech. dissertations. His research interests include modeling of water resources and environmental engineering systems with a focus on Food and water security related problems. He has worked as  Editor for Journal of Indian Water Resources Society and also as guest editor for couple of special issues. Dr. Ojha has been a Commonwealth Research Scholar at Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London, U.K. (Oct. 1990-Sept. 1993); Visiting Scholar at Louisiana State University, USA. (April-July 2000); Alexander Von Humboldt Fellow at Water Technology Center, Karlsruhe, Germany (Dec. 2001-July, 2002); Guest AvH Fellow, Institute for Hydromechanics, University of Karlsruhe, Germany (Jan. 2002-July, 2002); and Visiting Professor, Civil Engineering, AIT Bangkok (Aug. 2004-Nov. 2004). He has coordinated/co-coordinated several international research projects involving EU, Germany, France, Canada, U.K. and USA. He was conferred BCEEM by American Academy of Environmental Engineers in 2011 and E.M. Curtis Visiting Professorship by Purdue University in 2012.


Dr. Shankha Banerji, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE

Shankha Banerji received his undergraduate education in Civil Engineering from Calcutta University in India. He completed his MS and Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from University of Illinois, Urbana, IL. He has taught at undergraduate and graduate level at University of Illinois, University of Delaware, University of Maryland (night school), and University of Missouri. His teaching and research experiences has spanned a 35 year period. He also consulted for 5 years in various topics in Environmental Engineering with Kidde Consultants in Baltimore, MD. He advised the research work for 56 MS students and 6 Ph.D. students. He has published about 50 peer reviewed papers and about 45 proceeding papers. He has edited several conference proceedings dealing with Industrial Wastewater treatment, Energy Conservation in the Design of Water Quality control facilities and the Management of Gas and Leachate in Sanitary Landfills.  He has been active in professional societies such as American Society of Civil Engineers, Water Environment Federation, American Water Works Association, International Water Association and Oakridge Associated Universities. He was a member of several Task Committees for ASCE, WEF and AWWA dealing with different topics in Environmental Engineering.  He was Associate Editor of ASCE Environmental Engineering Journal. He was a peer review panelist for USEPA STAR fellowship applicants and Environmental Engineering Research grant applications. He was also member of the advisory committee for the EPA Region VII Hazardous Substances Research center.  He was a member of US Army Corps of Engineers summer Faculty Research and Engineering program at Vicksburg, MS. He was a review panelist for NSF grant application for research on Soils. As far as his international experiences, he has taught courses in various topics in Environmental Engineering in New Zealand (3 times), Hong Kong, Thailand (2 times) and China (4 times). He has also conducted short courses in Brazil and Portugal. He has volunteered with Global Volunteers (St. Paul, MN) in Beja, Portugal, Pommern, Tanzania and Chenai, India. The volunteering involved teaching grade school or middle school students arithmetic, science and English.


Prof. Wen-Pei Sung, Ph.D, P.E., D.WRE, BCEE, IET Fellow, F.ICDM, M.ASCE

Wen-Pei Sung is currently a Distinguished Professor and Dean at the Integrated Research Center for Green Living Technologies, National Chin-Yi University of Technology, Taiwan. He is a member of Accreditation Council, Ministry of Education, a committee member of Taiwan Public Construction Commission, and an adjunct Chair Professor at Zaozhuang University, Shandong, WuYi University, Fujian, China and Zaozhuang Municipal Teaching Hospital, Shandong, China. He serves as the Project Investigator for the National Energy and Hazard Prevention Project of Taiwan National Science Council. He received his MS and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University, U.S.A. and National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan, respectively. He is also a registered professional engineer in Taiwan. In 1990, he worked at Sinotech Engineering Consultants, Inc., Taiwan as a project engineer and completed several major state construction projects for hydraulic engineering in Taiwan and República Dominicana. In 1993, he became a faculty member of National Chin-Yi University of Technology. In 1999, he founded Department of Landscape Architecture and became the chairman of the Department and Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Science. Currently, he is a Distinguished Professor of National Chin-Yi University of Technology. In 2013, he won Diplomate, Water Resources Engineer, American Academy of Water Resources Engineers. He also won Board Certificate Environmental Engineers, American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists and an elected Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology in 2014. Dr. Sung also is as Editorial Board of some international journals. He has authored 21 books and more than 150 refereed (peer-reviewed) journal articles, presented at more than 50 national and international conferences, edited 10 refereed conference proceedings, and given over 10 plenary, keynote or invited presentations.


Dr. Jay Cheng, Ph.D., P.E.

Jay J. Cheng is a Professor of Environmental and Bioprocessing Engineering in the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department at North Carolina State University. He joined the N.C. State University faculty as an Assistant Professor in 1997. Prior to that time he served as Lecturer and Fermentation Division Director in Food Engineering Department at Jiangxi Polytechnic University (now renamed as Nanchang University) and Research Associate at University of Cincinnati. He graduated from Jiangxi Institute of Technology (now Nanchang University) in China with BS in Chemical Engineering in 1982, St. Cyril & Methodius University in Macedonia with MS in Biological Engineering in 1987, and University of Cincinnati in USA with PhD in Environmental Engineering in 1996. Dr. Cheng has been named as Guest Professor at Peking University-Shenzhen Graduate School, The Catholic University of Ecuador, South China University of Technology, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Nanjing University of Technology, and Hefei University.

Dr. Cheng’s research has been focused on wastewater treatment and renewable energy production processes. His research effort has resulted in publications of a book, over 65 articles in refereed scientific journals, and more than 70 papers in national and international technical conferences. He has been invited to present over 50 key-note speeches and seminars in China, Europe, and North and South Americas. He has served as an Associate Editor for Journal of Environmental Engineering and Journal of Biology as well as in more than 15 national and international professional committees. Dr. Cheng has been recognized with several major awards including the U.S Fulbright Scholar in 2005.


Geoffrey S. Keeler, P.E.

Mr. Keeler earned a B.S. degree in Physics (1970, University of Hawaii) and a M.S. degree in Civil Engineering (1972, Stanford University), and has been a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Washington since 1975.

He has had a unique and varied career comprised of engineering and constructing water supply and waste disposal systems, as well as providing environmental management, serving Native American communities and Pacific island populations in American Samoa and Guam for many years.   Early in his career, he served with the federal Indian Health Service as an active-duty engineer officer in the Commissioned Corps of the USPHS, where he performed sanitation field assessments, design, construction contract management, supervisory duties, and important liaison with Indian tribes, utilities, and other government agencies for sanitation facilities projects in the states of Washington, California, and the Navajo Nation (NM, Utah, AZ).

In the Pacific Ocean, he worked for the American Samoa Government’s Public Works Department, successfully directing and implementing its contractual well drilling and initial production efforts for 2 years.   In Guam, he was detailed from the USPHS to the territorial Government of Guam and assigned to the Public Utility of Guam (PUAG) as a Special Assistant to the Director for 3 years, where he assumed oversight responsibility for successful progress and completion of numerous Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) waste water construction grants; and assisted the Sewer Operations Unit with various projects including an emergency replacement of an ocean outfall after serious typhoon damage.

Later on assignment to the USEPA, Region 10 for many years, he initiated and managed 2 construction grant programs (authorized under the federal Clean Water and the Safe Drinking Water Acts) for Indian tribes in the Region (AK, ID, OR, and WA), totaling in excess of $ 50 M.   He also provided implementation of the federal Underground Storage Tank leak prevention and correction programs (UST /LUST) on the Region’s Indian lands; and for a time managed the Region’s federal Sole Source Aquifer Protection program.

Recognition of his services include the USPHS Commendation, Achievement, and Citation Medals; USEPA Bronze Medals; and the Guam Legislature’s Order of the Chamorii.


Dr. Zhiqiang (Zack) Hu

Zhiqiang (Zack) Hu received M.S and Ph.D degrees in Environmental Engineering from the University of Connecticut. He is an associate professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Missouri. He is a registered professional engineer and a licensed wastewater operator III (in-training) in Connecticut. He is an Adjunct Professor in seven research institutes including Chinese Academy of Sciences in China. Dr. Hu is a specialist in water/wastewater treatment, waste treatment and biological nutrient removal.

His research interests include biological nutrient removal and wastewater treatment processes; environmental nanotechnology and biotechnology; wetlands, algae treatment/polishing and high-density algae cultivation with membrane bioreactor; biofilm formation and control; phage treatment and antimicrobial coating; pathogen detection and removal; emerging renewable energy issues; anaerobic digestion/bioreactor landfills; microbial electrolysis systems and bioelectrochemistry; integrated biochemical and physicochemical treatment. Being the principal investigator of more than a dozen research projects, Dr. Hu has received more than 4.5 million research funding mainly from competitive federal grant programs. His research has been funded by the U.S. EPA, USDA, the National Science Foundation, Water Environment Research Foundation, the U.S. Geological Survey and industries. He has published more than 60 peer-reviewed journal articles (citations >1800, H-index = 20 from Google Scholar). He and his students have published 23 papers in Water Research (SCI journal ranking #1 in Water Resources), ranking him among top 50 most productive water research scholars in the world. He also co-edited a book entitled “Nonotechnologies for Water Environment Applications,” published by American Society of Civil Engineers in 2009. He has been active in professional services and plays a leadership role in both internal and external service activities. He is an Associate Editor of Water Environment Research, a top-tier water research journal published by the Water Environment Federation. As an associate editor of ASCE Journal of Hazardous, Toxic and Radioactive Waste, he has also been responsible for editorial work since 2008. His recent work on nanosilver and metallic nanoparticles was published in journals including Environmental Science & Technology, Water Research and Journal of Environmental Engineering. Dr. Hu has been therefore honored to serve as an EPA Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA) Science Review Board Member. He has served as an ad hoc member of EPA and NSF Scientific Review panels since 2007 and has reviewed dozens of research articles every year from 80+ scientific journals.


Dr. S.K. Brar, Ph.D.

S. K. Brar is a Professor at Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (Eau, Terre et Environnement, INRS-ETE). She graduated in Master’s in Organic Chemistry from National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, India with Master’s in Technology in Environmental Sciences and Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, Mumbai, India and a Ph.D. in Environmental Biotechnology from INRS, Quebec, Canada. Dr. Brar is a recipient of the ASCE State-of-the-Art of Civil Engineering award (2007) for her article titled, “Bioremediation of Hazardous Wastes – A Review,” which was published in the Practice Periodical of Hazardous, Toxic & Radioactive Waste Management – Special issue on Bioremediation. She has also received the Rudolf gold medal (2008) for her originality of the article published in Practice Periodical of Hazardous, Toxic & Radioactive Waste Management. Her research interests lie in the development of finished products (formulations) of wastewater and wastewater sludge based value-added bioproducts, such as enzymes, organic acids, platform chemicals, biocontrol agents, biopesticides, butanol and biohydrogen. She is also interested in the fate of endocrine disrupter compounds, pharmaceuticals, nanoparticles and other toxic organic compounds during value-addition of wastewater and wastewater sludge in turn finding suitable biological detoxification technologies. She is on the editorial board of Brazilian Archives of Biology and Technology Journal and associate editor of two international repute journals. She has won several accolades through her professional career through awards, such as outstanding young scientist in India and several others. She has more than 162 research publications which include three books, 30 book chapters, 80 original research papers, 50 research communications in international and national conferences and has registered 2 patents to her credit.


Prof. Hsien Te Lin, Ph.D

Dr. Hsien-Te Lin is a Chair Professor in National Chun-Kung University, and he received his B.S degree from National Cheng-Kung University, M.S and Ph.D degrees from National Tokyo University in 1981 and 1984, respectively. His main specialization is in design of green buildings and energy conservation. He has many publications in refereed journals and at national and international conferences.