Supporting Partners – 2021

Chairperson Message

Virtual Reality Demo

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
Commissioner MWRDGC,
Chairperson of the Conference and Expo
Frank Avila,P.E,
Chairman Advisory committee,
Chicago USA.
Executive Director,
CTWT,
Co Chairman of the Conference.
President,Water Environment Federation
Keynote Speaker
N.J. Board of Public Utilities, USA
Keynote Speaker
CEO of SHPE, USA
Keynote Speaker
Executive Director,
MWRDGC
Director of Engineering,
MWRDGC
Executive Director,
Project Patient Care Naperville,
USA
Director of Monitoring and Research ( Retired) MWRDGC
President, Zero Waste USA
Director of the Energy Resources Center (ERC) University of Illinois at Chicago
Founder & Executive Director Surge for Water,
USA
Founder of Global Water Works.org,
GWWConnect.com
Director of Maintenance and Operations, MWRDGC USA
Acting Commissioner
City of Chicago, Dept of Water Management

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.

Lynn Broaddus, president of Broadview Collaborative, Inc., a platform for advancing sustainable, resilient practices in the water sector. She serves as a strategic advisor and facilitator for private sector, non-profit, and philanthropic clients throughout North America, and is known for bringing new ways of thinking to the crucial environmental challenges of our day. She is recognized as a thought leader advancing concepts of distributed water infrastructure, and for her 2019 report “Opportunities in Distributed Water Infrastructure”.

Prior work includes leading The Johnson Foundation’s environment program from 2008-2014, convening hundreds of leaders to address U.S. water sustainability and resiliency under the umbrella of “Charting New Waters”. Earlier she held leadership roles with Milwaukee Riverkeeper®, The Nature Conservancy and NatureServe, and has experience in energy conservation and teaching. She earned her Ph.D. from Duke University, her M.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and her bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences from the University of Virginia. Lynn also serves as president for the Water Environment Federation, is past chair of River Network’s board, and member emerita (past chair) of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Nelson Institute Board of Visitors. She recently completed three years as a non-resident senior fellow with the Brookings Institution. Lynn is based in Minneapolis, MN.

Lynn Broaddus, president of Broadview Collaborative, Inc., a platform for advancing sustainable, resilient practices in the water sector. She serves as a strategic advisor and facilitator for private sector, non-profit, and philanthropic clients throughout North America, and is known for bringing new ways of thinking to the crucial environmental challenges of our day. She is recognized as a thought leader advancing concepts of distributed water infrastructure, and for her 2019 report “Opportunities in Distributed Water Infrastructure”.

Prior work includes leading The Johnson Foundation’s environment program from 2008-2014, convening hundreds of leaders to address U.S. water sustainability and resiliency under the umbrella of “Charting New Waters”. Earlier she held leadership roles with Milwaukee Riverkeeper®, The Nature Conservancy and NatureServe, and has experience in energy conservation and teaching. She earned her Ph.D. from Duke University, her M.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and her bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences from the University of Virginia. Lynn also serves as president for the Water Environment Federation, is past chair of River Network’s board, and member emerita (past chair) of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Nelson Institute Board of Visitors. She recently completed three years as a non-resident senior fellow with the Brookings Institution. Lynn is based in Minneapolis, MN.

Upendra J. Chivukula was nominated by Governor Christopher J. Christie as a Commissioner to the N.J. Board of Public Utilities on September 18, 2014 and confirmed by the Senate on September 22, 2014

Prior to his nomination, Mr. Chivukula served in the New Jersey Assembly representing the 17th legislative district, where he served as chair of the Assembly Telecommunications and Utilities Committee. He also had the honor of serving as Vice Chair of Homeland Security and State Preparedness, Commerce and Economic Development, and Environment and Solid Waste.

Mr. Chivukula was also a founding member and Co-Chair of the NJ Science & Technology Legislative Caucus and the NJ World Languages & International Studies Legislative Caucus. He was a member of the Commission on Science and Technology, and the Health Information Technology Commissions.

Before becoming a state legislator, Mr. Chivukula served as Mayor of Franklin Township for a year and on Town Council for another seven years. He also served on the National Council of State Legislatures and on the Council of State Governments.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Chivukula worked as an engineer for AT&T and as a project engineer for Leeds & Northrup building waste treatment plant control.
He currently serves on the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ (NARUC) Telecommunications Committee and is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Conference of Regulatory Utilities Commissioners (MACRUC). In 2015 he was appointed to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC) as well as NARUC’s Telecommunications Act Modernization (TeAM) Task Force.

Mr. Chivukula received a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Electrical Engineering from College of Engineering, Chennai, India, and Master of Engineering Degree in Electrical Engineering from City College, New York, and took graduate courses in Electrical Engineering at Rutgers University.

Upendra J. Chivukula was nominated by Governor Christopher J. Christie as a Commissioner to the N.J. Board of Public Utilities on September 18, 2014 and confirmed by the Senate on September 22, 2014

Prior to his nomination, Mr. Chivukula served in the New Jersey Assembly representing the 17th legislative district, where he served as chair of the Assembly Telecommunications and Utilities Committee. He also had the honor of serving as Vice Chair of Homeland Security and State Preparedness, Commerce and Economic Development, and Environment and Solid Waste.

Mr. Chivukula was also a founding member and Co-Chair of the NJ Science & Technology Legislative Caucus and the NJ World Languages & International Studies Legislative Caucus. He was a member of the Commission on Science and Technology, and the Health Information Technology Commissions.

Before becoming a state legislator, Mr. Chivukula served as Mayor of Franklin Township for a year and on Town Council for another seven years. He also served on the National Council of State Legislatures and on the Council of State Governments.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Chivukula worked as an engineer for AT&T and as a project engineer for Leeds & Northrup building waste treatment plant control.
He currently serves on the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ (NARUC) Telecommunications Committee and is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Conference of Regulatory Utilities Commissioners (MACRUC). In 2015 he was appointed to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC) as well as NARUC’s Telecommunications Act Modernization (TeAM) Task Force.

Mr. Chivukula received a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Electrical Engineering from College of Engineering, Chennai, India, and Master of Engineering Degree in Electrical Engineering from City College, New York, and took graduate courses in Electrical Engineering at Rutgers University.

Raquel Tamez currently serves as CEO of SHPE (Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers), a national organization focused on empowering the Hispanic community and creating a powerful network of students and professionals via the promotion of careers in STEM. Since her appointment in 2017, she has expanded SHPE's national programs, services, and resources offered to it’s over 13,000 members across 280+ U.S. chapters.

Prior to SHPE, Raquel was the chief legal officer, general counsel, and SVP of legal for Source America, a national nonprofit that creates employment opportunities for people with significant disabilities. She began her legal career as a trial lawyer for the US Department of Labor, before moving to corporate counsel for Mary Kay Inc. She has
served as deputy general counsel of global litigation at CSC, a leader in next-generation IT services and solutions.
In 2008, Raquel was recognized by the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility with the Hispanic Corporate Achiever Award. She has since been named among the 2015 Corporate Counsel Trending 40 by Legal Bisnow and voted one of the twenty-five most influential Hispanic lawyers by Leading Latinos magazine. Raquel has also been highlighted in the law magazine Vanguard, and three times has been the subject of feature stories in Hispanic Executive. In 2017, she was nominated and appointed by the Federal Communication Commission as a member of the Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment’s Diversity in Tech working group. She serves as a board member of the Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives and represents SHPE on both the Hispanic Association of Corporate Responsibility Board of Directors and the STEM Education Coalition. In 2019, Raquel was appointed by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine as a member of the Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine; similarly, the
American Society for Engineering Education appointed her as a member of ASEE’s first-ever Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. In January 2020, Raquel represented SHPE as part of the first-ever Hispanic delegation to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. And most recently, in September, she received the 2020
Ohtli Award from the Mexican government, in recognition of her efforts to empower Hispanic communities abroad. She has also been invited to serve on two different boards: the Girls in Tech Board of Directors; and the Board of Visitors at the St. Mary’s University School of Law, her alma mater.
A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and St. Mary’s University School of Law, Raquel currently resides in Capitol Hill, Washington, DC.

Raquel Tamez currently serves as CEO of SHPE (Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers), a national organization focused on empowering the Hispanic community and creating a powerful network of students and professionals via the promotion of careers in STEM. Since her appointment in 2017, she has expanded SHPE's national programs, services, and resources offered to it’s over 13,000 members across 280+ U.S. chapters.

Prior to SHPE, Raquel was the chief legal officer, general counsel, and SVP of legal for Source America, a national nonprofit that creates employment opportunities for people with significant disabilities. She began her legal career as a trial lawyer for the US Department of Labor, before moving to corporate counsel for Mary Kay Inc. She has
served as deputy general counsel of global litigation at CSC, a leader in next-generation IT services and solutions.
In 2008, Raquel was recognized by the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility with the Hispanic Corporate Achiever Award. She has since been named among the 2015 Corporate Counsel Trending 40 by Legal Bisnow and voted one of the twenty-five most influential Hispanic lawyers by Leading Latinos magazine. Raquel has also been highlighted in the law magazine Vanguard, and three times has been the subject of feature stories in Hispanic Executive. In 2017, she was nominated and appointed by the Federal Communication Commission as a member of the Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment’s Diversity in Tech working group. She serves as a board member of the Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives and represents SHPE on both the Hispanic Association of Corporate Responsibility Board of Directors and the STEM Education Coalition. In 2019, Raquel was appointed by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine as a member of the Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine; similarly, the
American Society for Engineering Education appointed her as a member of ASEE’s first-ever Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. In January 2020, Raquel represented SHPE as part of the first-ever Hispanic delegation to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. And most recently, in September, she received the 2020
Ohtli Award from the Mexican government, in recognition of her efforts to empower Hispanic communities abroad. She has also been invited to serve on two different boards: the Girls in Tech Board of Directors; and the Board of Visitors at the St. Mary’s University School of Law, her alma mater.
A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and St. Mary’s University School of Law, Raquel currently resides in Capitol Hill, Washington, DC.

Brian has 25 years of experience working at the MWRD, a majority of it in the Maintenance and Operations (M&O) Department. He began his career at the MWRD in 1993 and later was selected to lead operations at the Egan Water Reclamation Plant (WRP) in Schaumburg and at the Hanover Park WRP before being promoted to lead operations at the Calumet WRP in Chicago in 2005. Most recently, he served as Assistant Director of M&O.

Brian represents the MWRD in the Illinois Association of Wastewater Agencies and as a Past President. He is also a member of the Water Environment Federation.

Brian received his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his Master’s degree in Business Administration in Finance from DePaul University.

Brian has 25 years of experience working at the MWRD, a majority of it in the Maintenance and Operations (M&O) Department. He began his career at the MWRD in 1993 and later was selected to lead operations at the Egan Water Reclamation Plant (WRP) in Schaumburg and at the Hanover Park WRP before being promoted to lead operations at the Calumet WRP in Chicago in 2005. Most recently, he served as Assistant Director of M&O.

Brian represents the MWRD in the Illinois Association of Wastewater Agencies and as a Past President. He is also a member of the Water Environment Federation.

Brian received his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his Master’s degree in Business Administration in Finance from DePaul University.

Catherine O’Connor is the Director of Engineering for the MWRD. The Engineering Department is responsible for planning, design and construction of projects prioritized in the Capital Improvement Program and projects in the Storm water Management Program. The department also administers the county-wide Watershed Management Ordinance and regulates the construction and maintenance of local sewers which are tributary to the MWRD’s intercepting sewers. Catherine is involved in the efforts to manage storm water to build a resilient community and efforts to transform MWRD operations from waste treatment to resource recovery operations, particularly with phosphorus recovery and methane utilization projects.

Catherine is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Illinois and has earned a Doctoral degree in Environmental Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology. Her doctoral research focused on removal and recovery of silver from dilute solution to support water reuse in industry.

Catherine O’Connor is the Director of Engineering for the MWRD. The Engineering Department is responsible for planning, design and construction of projects prioritized in the Capital Improvement Program and projects in the Storm water Management Program. The department also administers the county-wide Watershed Management Ordinance and regulates the construction and maintenance of local sewers which are tributary to the MWRD’s intercepting sewers. Catherine is involved in the efforts to manage storm water to build a resilient community and efforts to transform MWRD operations from waste treatment to resource recovery operations, particularly with phosphorus recovery and methane utilization projects.

Catherine is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Illinois and has earned a Doctoral degree in Environmental Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology. Her doctoral research focused on removal and recovery of silver from dilute solution to support water reuse in industry.

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.

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 is a Zero Waste practitioner with more than 25 years of experience in recycling and composting program and facility development and outreach and technical assistance. As president of Zero Waste USA, she is working with municipalities across the U.S. to develop the social and physical infrastructure to achieve Zero Waste. She has expertise in organics and commercial technical assistance, waste audits, facility and collection procurement, contract negotiation, program planning, financial analysis and stakeholder engagement. Ruth has developed Zero Waste plans and programs for Austin, Texas, Dallas, Texas, Boston, Massachusetts, Los Angeles, California, and San Francisco, California.

Ruth Abbe is a Zero Waste practitioner with more than 25 years of experience in recycling and composting program and facility development and outreach and technical assistance. As president of Zero Waste USA, she is working with municipalities across the U.S. to develop the social and physical infrastructure to achieve Zero Waste. She has expertise in organics and commercial technical assistance, waste audits, facility and collection procurement, contract negotiation, program planning, financial analysis and stakeholder engagement. Ruth has developed Zero Waste plans and programs for Austin, Texas, Dallas, Texas, Boston, Massachusetts, Los Angeles, California, and San Francisco, California.

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.

Shilpa Alva is the Founder and Executive Director of Surge for Water, a Chicago based nonprofit that has provided safe water and sanitation solutions to 1 million people in 11 countries. The spark that led Shilpa to the founding of Surge, started when she was just 7 years old, while visiting extended family in India. However, after graduating from Johns Hopkins University with a degree in Chemical Engineering, she joined the Corporate world. From here, she enjoyed rapid early career success, earned her MBA, and continued up the Corporate ladder. Eventually, Shilpa came to the realization that she was not living in alignment with her purpose. This led to Surge’s eventual founding and to her leaving a successful career and secure lifestyle. This leap of faith has led to great things, both through the joy she experiences in her purpose-driven life and through the communities benefiting from Surge’s work.

Shilpa Alva is the Founder and Executive Director of Surge for Water, a Chicago based nonprofit that has provided safe water and sanitation solutions to 1 million people in 11 countries. The spark that led Shilpa to the founding of Surge, started when she was just 7 years old, while visiting extended family in India. However, after graduating from Johns Hopkins University with a degree in Chemical Engineering, she joined the Corporate world. From here, she enjoyed rapid early career success, earned her MBA, and continued up the Corporate ladder. Eventually, Shilpa came to the realization that she was not living in alignment with her purpose. This led to Surge’s eventual founding and to her leaving a successful career and secure lifestyle. This leap of faith has led to great things, both through the joy she experiences in her purpose-driven life and through the communities benefiting from Surge’s work.

Mary grew up on Water Street in Watertown, Wisconsin, and gave her first talk on water at age 10. After receiving a Bachelor degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and an MBA from Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management, Mary went on to work for Accenture, Dale Carnegie, Envestnet Wealth Management and Tech Image.

She created and ran an Internet Agency that played a key role in two Internet firsts, the first futures exchange on the Web and the first real-time futures trading site.

Mary came back to water by way of a Pakistani water charity. Her search for a replacement for their 30-year-old RO system introduced her to WEFTEC, leading to a partnership with Israel’s NewTech to promote the 2016 Israel/California Water Conference. Since then, she has helped create and sponsor 6 water industry events, 40 roundtable programs and 30 expert videos. She was named one of 100 Water Heroes in the #Running Dry campaign for her efforts to advance global water security with the development and promotion of smart water technologies. She is an active member of WEF, AWWA, the Smart Water Alliance Network, Alliance for Water Efficiency and the Water Pro Community. Her personal network of water industry professionals numbers in the 10s of 1000s, and spans the globe.

Her company Global Water Works finds customers for water technology companies. By partnering with industry experts who understand how the water industry operates to support engagement and education, Global Water Works is able to cut the normal water technology adoption time of 10-30 years down to under three years.

Mary grew up on Water Street in Watertown, Wisconsin, and gave her first talk on water at age 10. After receiving a Bachelor degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and an MBA from Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management, Mary went on to work for Accenture, Dale Carnegie, Envestnet Wealth Management and Tech Image.

She created and ran an Internet Agency that played a key role in two Internet firsts, the first futures exchange on the Web and the first real-time futures trading site.

Mary came back to water by way of a Pakistani water charity. Her search for a replacement for their 30-year-old RO system introduced her to WEFTEC, leading to a partnership with Israel’s NewTech to promote the 2016 Israel/California Water Conference. Since then, she has helped create and sponsor 6 water industry events, 40 roundtable programs and 30 expert videos. She was named one of 100 Water Heroes in the #Running Dry campaign for her efforts to advance global water security with the development and promotion of smart water technologies. She is an active member of WEF, AWWA, the Smart Water Alliance Network, Alliance for Water Efficiency and the Water Pro Community. Her personal network of water industry professionals numbers in the 10s of 1000s, and spans the globe.

Her company Global Water Works finds customers for water technology companies. By partnering with industry experts who understand how the water industry operates to support engagement and education, Global Water Works is able to cut the normal water technology adoption time of 10-30 years down to under three years.

John P. Murray serves as the Director of Maintenance and Operations. He has worked in the water industry for over 18 years and is in his 17th year of service at the MWRD.  He previously served as Section Head for the Stormwater Management and Local Sewer Systems Sections and worked in the Biosolids Management Program.

John is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Illinois and holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Purdue University.

John P. Murray serves as the Director of Maintenance and Operations. He has worked in the water industry for over 18 years and is in his 17th year of service at the MWRD.  He previously served as Section Head for the Stormwater Management and Local Sewer Systems Sections and worked in the Biosolids Management Program.

John is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Illinois and holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Purdue University.

Andrea R. Holthouse Cheng (formerly Putz), P.E., Ph.D. is the Acting Commissioner for the City of Chicago Department of Water Management. She has 16 years of experience in the department where she has worked in every aspect of the purification and distribution process.

Cheng has overseen multiple, large scale research projects related to corrosion control of lead and managed capital plan projects like the $15 M construction of the new Water Purification Labs. She developed the nation’s largest 311 lead kit sampling program and the city’s water filter distribution program. She is also managing the development and implementation of the multi-year, multi-billion- dollar plan to replace the almost 380,000 residential lead service lines in Chicago.

Cheng is a nationally recognized expert on issues related to water quality and has been published 40 times on the subject. She is a licensed Professional Engineer and a Class A Public Water Supply Operator with a BS in Civil (Environmental) Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her MS and a Ph.D. in Civil (Environmental) Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

Cheng believes the water industry is an international community and loves to travel to see water infrastructure such as the Bhandup Water Treatment Plant in Mumbai. Cheng believes international cooperation in the water industry is key and has particularly enjoyed learning about water in her travels to India.

Andrea R. Holthouse Cheng (formerly Putz), P.E., Ph.D. is the Acting Commissioner for the City of Chicago Department of Water Management. She has 16 years of experience in the department where she has worked in every aspect of the purification and distribution process.

Cheng has overseen multiple, large scale research projects related to corrosion control of lead and managed capital plan projects like the $15 M construction of the new Water Purification Labs. She developed the nation’s largest 311 lead kit sampling program and the city’s water filter distribution program. She is also managing the development and implementation of the multi-year, multi-billion- dollar plan to replace the almost 380,000 residential lead service lines in Chicago.

Cheng is a nationally recognized expert on issues related to water quality and has been published 40 times on the subject. She is a licensed Professional Engineer and a Class A Public Water Supply Operator with a BS in Civil (Environmental) Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her MS and a Ph.D. in Civil (Environmental) Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

Cheng believes the water industry is an international community and loves to travel to see water infrastructure such as the Bhandup Water Treatment Plant in Mumbai. Cheng believes international cooperation in the water industry is key and has particularly enjoyed learning about water in her travels to India.