Conference Partners – 2020

WWM Virtual Conference Concept on Twin Platforms

 

The WWM3 is being conducted as Virtual conference on Twin platforms, one in USA, and the  other in India time zones for the first time. The eight tracks will have live sessions all the 3 days in each platform.

 

The expo stalls will be in 3D format and will create an experience of physical stalls. The Exhibitor will have exposure not only to USA and India visitors, but to other Countries like Canada, Australia, Europe, Singapore, Thailand etc

 

With urbanization in the past century in World at a fast pace, the water and waste management issues multiplied throwing challenges to the municipal administration and public health. In the developing countries most of the municipal corporations did not have water and waste management facilities.

 

The Conference and Expo format is unique and will focus on water, wastewater, and solid waste issues facing both in the urban and rural areas. The two plat forms are dedicated to USA condition, India and Asian conditions. This will also create a forum to bring together people from administration, industry, commercial sector and academia to interact with experts and vendors in water and waste management. The conference provides an opportunity to explore cost-effective technical solutions for water and waste management problems facing the community and exchange knowledge and expertise.

WWM
2021
Speakers

Mariyana T. Spyropoulos
MWRDGC, Chairperson of the Conference and Expo
Frank Avila, P.E,
MWRDGC, Chicago USA.
Executive Director, CTWT, Co Chairman of the Conference.
Binder Group Germany
Executive Director, Project Patient Care Naperville, USA
Naperville, USA.
Director of Monitoring and Research ( Retired) MWRDGC
Director of the Energy Resources Center (ERC) University of Illinois at Chicago
Principal
Kaletech, LLC Chicago, USA
Chairman Binder Group Germany
Research Scientist at IBM Research

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Dr. Tata has more than six decades of experience in the field of Water and Wastewater Treatment. He is serving as the Executive Director of the Center for Transformation of Waste Technology, Naperville, IL USA. He retired as the Head of the R &D Environmental Monitoring and Research Division, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, IL USA. He also served on the faculties of Cornell University, Ithaca, NY and the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL USA. He coauthored four books and published more than 150 papers and reports.
He received many awards.After his retirement from the Water Reclamatio District of Greater Chicago, he founded a nonprofit organization, Bharathi Theertha, in USA in 2003, and has been devoting his time in doing humanitarian service and projects in India.

Dr. Tata has more than six decades of experience in the field of Water and Wastewater Treatment. He is serving as the Executive Director of the Center for Transformation of Waste Technology, Naperville, IL USA. He retired as the Head of the R &D Environmental Monitoring and Research Division, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, IL USA. He also served on the faculties of Cornell University, Ithaca, NY and the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL USA. He coauthored four books and published more than 150 papers and reports.
He received many awards.After his retirement from the Water Reclamatio District of Greater Chicago, he founded a nonprofit organization, Bharathi Theertha, in USA in 2003, and has been devoting his time in doing humanitarian service and projects in India.

Alan has worked with multiple International companies throughout his career. He holds both British and American Citizenship and mainly resides in N. Carolina USA. During his career Alan has been involved in automotive braking systems, high precision bearing technology and precision pneumatic instrumentation. Alan has held Senior Director roles with Thomson Industries of America, Fairchild Industrial Products and Rotork PLC. He is currently working in a consulting role for Binder Group Germany on an International basis.

Alan has worked with multiple International companies throughout his career. He holds both British and American Citizenship and mainly resides in N. Carolina USA. During his career Alan has been involved in automotive braking systems, high precision bearing technology and precision pneumatic instrumentation. Alan has held Senior Director roles with Thomson Industries of America, Fairchild Industrial Products and Rotork PLC. He is currently working in a consulting role for Binder Group Germany on an International basis.

Pat Merryweather-Arges is a Rotarian from the Rotary Club of Naperville since 2002, and served as District 6450 Governor 2012-2013.

Pat is the Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator and serves as the District International Service Chair. Pat served as the Zone 28-29 2016 Chair and Chair of the Presidents International Peace Conference held in Chicago   She served as the Club President and received her Club’s Rotarian of the Year and Four Avenues of Service Awards.   She has served the District as District Grants Chair for 3 years and Diversity Chair.   As a Rotarian Pat has traveled to about a dozen countries working on Rotary projects and has attended Rotary Day at the United Nations, and a Rotary Middle East Peace Conference  in Turkey.   Pat’s projects include solar ovens, water wells, and medical equipment and missions.   Pat has received the Rotary Foundation Meritorious Service Award and the Rotary International Service Above Self Award.

Pat is Executive Director of Project Patient Care where she works with patients, families, and caregivers to have their voice heard in health and healthcare through advocacy, public health policy, and collaboration with providers.  Pat is married to George, a Rotarian, and they have four sons, three daughters-in-law, and vie grandchildren.

Pat Merryweather-Arges is a Rotarian from the Rotary Club of Naperville since 2002, and served as District 6450 Governor 2012-2013.

Pat is the Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator and serves as the District International Service Chair. Pat served as the Zone 28-29 2016 Chair and Chair of the Presidents International Peace Conference held in Chicago   She served as the Club President and received her Club’s Rotarian of the Year and Four Avenues of Service Awards.   She has served the District as District Grants Chair for 3 years and Diversity Chair.   As a Rotarian Pat has traveled to about a dozen countries working on Rotary projects and has attended Rotary Day at the United Nations, and a Rotary Middle East Peace Conference  in Turkey.   Pat’s projects include solar ovens, water wells, and medical equipment and missions.   Pat has received the Rotary Foundation Meritorious Service Award and the Rotary International Service Above Self Award.

Pat is Executive Director of Project Patient Care where she works with patients, families, and caregivers to have their voice heard in health and healthcare through advocacy, public health policy, and collaboration with providers.  Pat is married to George, a Rotarian, and they have four sons, three daughters-in-law, and vie grandchildren.

Dr. Vani Dittakavi , Ph. D. School of Life Sciences, University of Hyderabad.
MS. Nagarjuna University specialized in Soil Microbiology.
A former Postdoctoral Research Associate at University of Illinois and Rush University.
Published several articles in peer reviewed journals related to plant water relations, stress physiology, pharmacognosy and molecular biology.
Skilled volunteer at Morton Arboretum, Tree Physiology department, working on sap flow in trees.
Executive Director in Chicago Andhra Association a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Actively focusing in developmental projects of the organization in supplementing pure water and renovating schools in rural areas of the Andhra Pradesh State, India. Currently involved in welfare and women Empowerment projects for the low income and underprivileged.

Dr. Vani Dittakavi , Ph. D. School of Life Sciences, University of Hyderabad.
MS. Nagarjuna University specialized in Soil Microbiology.
A former Postdoctoral Research Associate at University of Illinois and Rush University.
Published several articles in peer reviewed journals related to plant water relations, stress physiology, pharmacognosy and molecular biology.
Skilled volunteer at Morton Arboretum, Tree Physiology department, working on sap flow in trees.
Executive Director in Chicago Andhra Association a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Actively focusing in developmental projects of the organization in supplementing pure water and renovating schools in rural areas of the Andhra Pradesh State, India. Currently involved in welfare and women Empowerment projects for the low income and underprivileged.

Thomas Granato, Ph.D., BCES- Retired Director of Monitoring and Research for the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (District)

Dr. Granato holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Science and a Master of Science degree in Soil Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, as well as a Ph.D. in Environmental Soil Science at North Carolina State University.  He is a certified environmental scientist by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists.

Dr. Granato, was the director of the Monitoring and Research Department of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, where he was employed for 29 years.  The Department conducts environmental monitoring to assess regulatory compliance and impacts of District operations, applied research to provide technical support for operations and administers the District’s Industrial Pretreatment and User Charge programs.  The Department also leads long term strategic capital planning.

Dr. Granato served on the national peer review panel for the development of the US EPA’s 40 CFR Part 503 biosolids regulation and conducted numerous studies to support the practice of land application.  He was chair of the Illinois Water Environment Association’s Biosolids Committee and Vice Chair of the Water Environment Federation’s Microconstituents Community of Practice.  He was a member of the Water Environment Research Foundation’s Research Council for 6 years, he served on the editorial boards of several scientific journals including Water Environment Research, and he is currently an Adjunct Lecturer in the Civil and Materials Engineering Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Dr. Granato has authored or coauthored two book chapters and more than 100 peer reviewed articles and technical reports.

Thomas Granato, Ph.D., BCES- Retired Director of Monitoring and Research for the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (District)

Dr. Granato holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Science and a Master of Science degree in Soil Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, as well as a Ph.D. in Environmental Soil Science at North Carolina State University.  He is a certified environmental scientist by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists.

Dr. Granato, was the director of the Monitoring and Research Department of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, where he was employed for 29 years.  The Department conducts environmental monitoring to assess regulatory compliance and impacts of District operations, applied research to provide technical support for operations and administers the District’s Industrial Pretreatment and User Charge programs.  The Department also leads long term strategic capital planning.

Dr. Granato served on the national peer review panel for the development of the US EPA’s 40 CFR Part 503 biosolids regulation and conducted numerous studies to support the practice of land application.  He was chair of the Illinois Water Environment Association’s Biosolids Committee and Vice Chair of the Water Environment Federation’s Microconstituents Community of Practice.  He was a member of the Water Environment Research Foundation’s Research Council for 6 years, he served on the editorial boards of several scientific journals including Water Environment Research, and he is currently an Adjunct Lecturer in the Civil and Materials Engineering Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Dr. Granato has authored or coauthored two book chapters and more than 100 peer reviewed articles and technical reports.

Ruth Abbe Zero Waste USA President. Ms. Abbe will talk about Best Practice for Cities in the USA. Ruth Abbe is the president of Zero Waste USA, the national affiliate of the Zero Waste International Alliance. The mission of Zero Waste USA is to inspire communities to embrace and achieve Zero Waste. She is a Zero Waste practitioner with more than 25 years of experience in recycling and composting program and facility development. As the principal of Abbe & Associates LLC, she is working with municipalities across the U.S. to develop the social and physical infrastructure to achieve Zero Waste. In her home city of Alameda, California she is a grassroots leader with Community Action for a Sustainable Alameda (CASA).

Ruth Abbe Zero Waste USA President. Ms. Abbe will talk about Best Practice for Cities in the USA. Ruth Abbe is the president of Zero Waste USA, the national affiliate of the Zero Waste International Alliance. The mission of Zero Waste USA is to inspire communities to embrace and achieve Zero Waste. She is a Zero Waste practitioner with more than 25 years of experience in recycling and composting program and facility development. As the principal of Abbe & Associates LLC, she is working with municipalities across the U.S. to develop the social and physical infrastructure to achieve Zero Waste. In her home city of Alameda, California she is a grassroots leader with Community Action for a Sustainable Alameda (CASA).

Cliff Haefke has 19+ years of experience in the energy industry and is the Director of the Energy Resources Center (ERC) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). The ERC is an interdisciplinary public service, research, and special projects organization that works to improve energy efficiency and the environment, providing expertise in the areas of energy efficiency, distributed generation, and biofuels/bioenergy. Cliff serves as Director of the U.S. DOE Midwest and Central Combined Heat and Power Technical Assistance Partnerships, the Assistance Director of the U.S. DOE Industrial Assessment Center, and as President of the Midwest Cogeneration Association. Cliff has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from UIC and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the UIC Liautaud Graduate School of Business.

Cliff Haefke has 19+ years of experience in the energy industry and is the Director of the Energy Resources Center (ERC) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). The ERC is an interdisciplinary public service, research, and special projects organization that works to improve energy efficiency and the environment, providing expertise in the areas of energy efficiency, distributed generation, and biofuels/bioenergy. Cliff serves as Director of the U.S. DOE Midwest and Central Combined Heat and Power Technical Assistance Partnerships, the Assistance Director of the U.S. DOE Industrial Assessment Center, and as President of the Midwest Cogeneration Association. Cliff has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from UIC and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the UIC Liautaud Graduate School of Business.

Mr Chetan Kale is the founder and principal of Kaletech, LLC. Before starting his own company Mr Kale has worked extensively on major civil engineering projects in Chicago land area. Mr Kale has over 20 plus years of experience in all facets of Environmental Engineering in India, USA and East Africa.
Mr Kale was part of the design team for a major runway expansion project at O’Hare International Airport. He has also worked on the Masterplan studies with Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago.

His design experience includes Water Treatment Plant Design, Storm Sewer modeling, Energy Neutrality Studies, Drainage design, Sanitary Sewer study, Sewage Treatment plant studies and Industrial Waste treatment.

He has a B.S in Civil engineering from University of Mumbai (VJTI) India and MS from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago specializing in Environmental engineering.

Chetan Kale is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Illinois, Indiana, & Wisconsin. He is also a LEED accredited professional and has worked on Gas & Energy projects.

Professional Affiliations:
Chetan Kale is a member of American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE), American Water Works Association, Water Environment Federation, President of Architecture, Engineering and IT division US-Minority Contractors Association.

Mr Chetan Kale is the founder and principal of Kaletech, LLC. Before starting his own company Mr Kale has worked extensively on major civil engineering projects in Chicago land area. Mr Kale has over 20 plus years of experience in all facets of Environmental Engineering in India, USA and East Africa.
Mr Kale was part of the design team for a major runway expansion project at O’Hare International Airport. He has also worked on the Masterplan studies with Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago.

His design experience includes Water Treatment Plant Design, Storm Sewer modeling, Energy Neutrality Studies, Drainage design, Sanitary Sewer study, Sewage Treatment plant studies and Industrial Waste treatment.

He has a B.S in Civil engineering from University of Mumbai (VJTI) India and MS from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago specializing in Environmental engineering.

Chetan Kale is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Illinois, Indiana, & Wisconsin. He is also a LEED accredited professional and has worked on Gas & Energy projects.

Professional Affiliations:
Chetan Kale is a member of American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE), American Water Works Association, Water Environment Federation, President of Architecture, Engineering and IT division US-Minority Contractors Association.

After completing his studies in Mechanical Engineering Robert focused on Fluid Dynamics and Measurement & Control Instrumentation. He worked 10 years as a Sales Engineer and Office Manager for Measurement & Control at VIA GmbH and later as Sales Manager and shareholder at KWW Process Engineering GmbH.

Through an acquisition by Alfa Laval he became the International Sales & Marketing Director for the Instrumentation division. Alfa Laval was then acquired by Tetra Pack and Robert established the Binder Engineering GmbH in 1996 acquiring the Instrumentation division from Alfa Laval Flow as an MBO.

Robert acquired and founded additional sales and manufacturing companies across Europe and Asia creating the BINDER GROUP AG and establishing Representative and Distributor networks to guarantee local customer services.

Trademarks like COMBIMASS, VACOMASS, BETA and INSTRUM belong to the Binder Group that manufacture pressure & temperature switches, pressure regulators and gas flowmeters for industrial applications as well as aeration control systems for the biological process in sewage treatment plants. Robert is the inventor and Patent holder of various products designed to achieve sustainable solutions, providing better control for a better environment that reduces the global carbon footprint.

Robert is an active member of different esteemed associations such as the German DWA - Water & Waste Water, German Biogas Association, IWA, GWP - German Water Partnership where Robert is the Deputy Head of the China Section.

Roberts company vision is “to be the global industry leader in Aeration Control Systems for waste water treatment and Biogas Monitoring. Respected and admired by our customers and competitors for our people, products and performance. We will constantly strive to supply the best technology, superior customer service and value, providing better control for a better environment”

After completing his studies in Mechanical Engineering Robert focused on Fluid Dynamics and Measurement & Control Instrumentation. He worked 10 years as a Sales Engineer and Office Manager for Measurement & Control at VIA GmbH and later as Sales Manager and shareholder at KWW Process Engineering GmbH.

Through an acquisition by Alfa Laval he became the International Sales & Marketing Director for the Instrumentation division. Alfa Laval was then acquired by Tetra Pack and Robert established the Binder Engineering GmbH in 1996 acquiring the Instrumentation division from Alfa Laval Flow as an MBO.

Robert acquired and founded additional sales and manufacturing companies across Europe and Asia creating the BINDER GROUP AG and establishing Representative and Distributor networks to guarantee local customer services.

Trademarks like COMBIMASS, VACOMASS, BETA and INSTRUM belong to the Binder Group that manufacture pressure & temperature switches, pressure regulators and gas flowmeters for industrial applications as well as aeration control systems for the biological process in sewage treatment plants. Robert is the inventor and Patent holder of various products designed to achieve sustainable solutions, providing better control for a better environment that reduces the global carbon footprint.

Robert is an active member of different esteemed associations such as the German DWA - Water & Waste Water, German Biogas Association, IWA, GWP - German Water Partnership where Robert is the Deputy Head of the China Section.

Roberts company vision is “to be the global industry leader in Aeration Control Systems for waste water treatment and Biogas Monitoring. Respected and admired by our customers and competitors for our people, products and performance. We will constantly strive to supply the best technology, superior customer service and value, providing better control for a better environment”

Dr Sukanya Randhawa is AI researcher at IBM and creator of IBM's 'Bluewater Eye'. Her focus lies in developing innovative technology solutions that integrate several emerging technologies such as  AI, Geo-spatial analytics with focus for applications in water quality and precision agriculture space. In the water space, her work is geared towards developing scalable geospatial technology (“IBM Bluewater EYE”) with advanced AI tools for using satellites as low cost water sensors for monitoring water pollution and deriving insights for studying environmental impact for rivers/lakes.

Dr Sukanya Randhawa is AI researcher at IBM and creator of IBM's 'Bluewater Eye'. Her focus lies in developing innovative technology solutions that integrate several emerging technologies such as  AI, Geo-spatial analytics with focus for applications in water quality and precision agriculture space. In the water space, her work is geared towards developing scalable geospatial technology (“IBM Bluewater EYE”) with advanced AI tools for using satellites as low cost water sensors for monitoring water pollution and deriving insights for studying environmental impact for rivers/lakes.