Dr. van Loosdrecht’s scientific interests are related to biofilm processes, nutrient conversion processes and the role of storage polymers in microbial ecology. In particular, his research has focused on new processes related to wastewater treatment and resource recovery, and has resulted in several processes currently applied in full scale such as the Sharon process, Anammox process and Nereda process. He is an active member of the International Water Association (IWA) and past chairman of the Biofilm and the Nutrient removal specialist groups. He is Editor-in-Chief of Water Research, and has obtained several prizes for his work, including the Lee Kuan Yew Singapore Water Prize and the IWA Grand Award. He is member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), the Dutch Academy of Engineering (AcTI), the US Nat. Ac. Of Engineering (NAE), and was awarded a knighthood in the order of the Dutch Lion.
RESPONSE | Utility Considerations
Given by: Jim McQuarrie, Metro Wastewater Reclamation District of Denver
Jim McQuarries’ focus on innovation in operating practices as well as emerging technologies offers a utility’s perspective on how well current research is responding to the needs of our industry and how utilities should embrace their role in the cycling of innovation. It is through such relationships that utilities best position themselves to efficiently meet the long-term needs of the communities they serve.
COLLECTIONS SYSTEMS LUNCHEON
Tuesday, September 29; 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Speaker: Phil Hubbard, PE, Hampton Roads Sanitation District
Phil Hubbard, Hampton Roads Sanitation District, will present “One Billion Reasons for Regionalization” at this year’s luncheon. Join fellow collection systems professionals to network and hear this fascinating story about the process and reasoning involved in their journey toward regionalization. With this hot topic on many people’s minds, Phil’s story can lend some very interesting insight and ideas.
FIRST ANNUAL WEFTEC BREAKFAST WITH WOMEN WATER LEADERS
Wednesday, September 30; 7:30 am – 9:00 am
Limited seating to allow facilitated discussion.
Informing, connecting, and inspiring current and future female water sector leaders
Science, technology, engineering, and math historically have attracted fewer women; the water sector is no exception. But with more women rising to top leadership positions in consulting, at utilities, and in academia, as well as attending and presenting at WEFTEC, it cannot be ignored that women are more boldly making their mark in the world of water. This inaugural event welcomes women from a variety of disciplines – engineering, operations, research, management, and communications – for peer-to-peer networking and provides an environment for sharing successes and discussing challenges faced both professionally and personally.
Moderators: Karen Pallansch, Chief Executive Officer, Alexandria Renew and Sandra Ralston, Principal, Consensus LLC
Keynote Speaker: Debra Shore, Commissioner, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
Roundtable Discussion Facilitators
Cathy Gerali, District Manager, Denver Metropolitan Wastewater District
Nancy Love, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan (invited)
Eileen O’Neill, Executive Director, Water Environment Federation
Mariyana Spyropoulos, President of the Board of Commissioners, MWRDGC
Cindy Wallis-Lage, Water Group President, Black and Veatch