Water and Wastewater(One Water Resilience)

Water & Wastewater (One Water Resilience)

One Water Resilience is a transformative approach to how we view, value, and manage water. The One Water approach envisions managing all water (whether it is drinking water, wastewater, stormwater, etc.) in an integrated, inclusive, and sustainable manner for the environment and global population. One Water approaches are progressing in multiple arenas: from using advanced technologies to recover nutrients and energy from wastewater; to using green stormwater techniques to mitigate flooding while beautifying neighborhoods; to undertaking watershed-level planning and collaboration to address water quality issues; to implementing innovative financing and partnership models.

Water and Wastewater Track Themes:

  • 1) Drinking water in Rural and Urban India – challenges and solutions
  • 2) Wastewater treatment – centralized and de-centralized.
  • 3) Storm water management – sustainable solutions
  • 4) Rainwater harvesting – planning and implementation
  • 5) Resource recovery opportunities – challenges and solutions

Speakers

Executive Director, MWRDGC
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Director of Engineering, MWRDGC
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Operations manager, MWRDGC
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Professor of Environmental Engineering and Management
IIT Kanpur
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Maintenance Manager,
MWRDGC USA
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Director and General Manager
LA Sanitation & Environment USA
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Global Government Affairs Lead, SUEZ USA
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President Clean Water Strategies, Austin USA
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Director of Maintenance and Operations, MWRDGC USA
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Acting Commissioner
City of Chicago, Dept of Water Management
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Assoc Prof of Env Engg at UT Austin
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CESDC, Andhra University

Senior Manager, ECT  USA
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Project Manager, The Conservation Foundation USA
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Hyderabad, Telangana India
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Machilipatnam, A. P. India
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mr. Mullan by training is an economist. He worked as a Principal in a consulting engineering firm for three decades and specialized in the design, construction, and operation of decentralized wastewater treatment systems. He is currently serving as a Director at the Center for Transformation of Waste Technology.

Mr. Mullan by training is an economist. He worked as a Principal in a consulting engineering firm for three decades and specialized in the design, construction, and operation of decentralized wastewater treatment systems. He is currently serving as a Director at the Center for Transformation of Waste Technology.

Mr. Mullan by training is an economist. He worked as a Principal in a consulting engineering firm for three decades and specialized in the design, construction, and operation of decentralized wastewater treatment systems. He is currently serving as a Director at the Center for Transformation of Waste Technology.

Mr. McCracken has a Master degree in Economics. He also has a Masters degree in environmental science. He has many years of experience in the environmental field working in developing countries. He is currently serving as a Director at the Conservation Foundation, Naperville, IL. He is currently conducting several studies on water quality issues pertaining to rivers and streams and storm water control.

Mr. McCracken has a Master degree in Economics. He also has a Masters degree in environmental science. He has many years of experience in the environmental field working in developing countries. He is currently serving as a Director at the Conservation Foundation, Naperville, IL. He is currently conducting several studies on water quality issues pertaining to rivers and streams and storm water control.

Mr. McCracken has a Master degree in Economics. He also has a Masters degree in environmental science. He has many years of experience in the environmental field working in developing countries. He is currently serving as a Director at the Conservation Foundation, Naperville, IL. He is currently conducting several studies on water quality issues pertaining to rivers and streams and storm water control.

Mr. Dring has been in the Wastewater Industry for approximately 30 years. He is presently employed at the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) as Operations Manager at the Calumet Water Reclamation Plant (CWRP). He worked in the Engineering design section for a brief period, but most of his tenure has been in the Maintenance and Operations Department. Mr. Dring has worked in different capacities at five of the seven MWRD Water Reclamation Plants from Sewer Control to Plant Manager of the Hanover Park WRP. He was in charge of the Technical Projects section which was the go between with MWRD and the Environmental Protection Agency and in charge of the Waterways Section which operated the Chicago Area waterways, via locks, gates, and even two -six megawatt generators. These waterways are the means of transporting storm water away from the city as opposed to reversing and discharging into Lake Michigan which is the drinking source for millions of citizens. The past 13 years Mr. Dring has been Operations Manager at two plants, the Stickney WRP and Calumet WRPs. Each plant has their own tunnel and reservoir system which will be the topic of his presentation.

Mr. Dring has been in the Wastewater Industry for approximately 30 years. He is presently employed at the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) as Operations Manager at the Calumet Water Reclamation Plant (CWRP). He worked in the Engineering design section for a brief period, but most of his tenure has been in the Maintenance and Operations Department. Mr. Dring has worked in different capacities at five of the seven MWRD Water Reclamation Plants from Sewer Control to Plant Manager of the Hanover Park WRP. He was in charge of the Technical Projects section which was the go between with MWRD and the Environmental Protection Agency and in charge of the Waterways Section which operated the Chicago Area waterways, via locks, gates, and even two -six megawatt generators. These waterways are the means of transporting storm water away from the city as opposed to reversing and discharging into Lake Michigan which is the drinking source for millions of citizens. The past 13 years Mr. Dring has been Operations Manager at two plants, the Stickney WRP and Calumet WRPs. Each plant has their own tunnel and reservoir system which will be the topic of his presentation.

Mr. Dring has been in the Wastewater Industry for approximately 30 years. He is presently employed at the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) as Operations Manager at the Calumet Water Reclamation Plant (CWRP). He worked in the Engineering design section for a brief period, but most of his tenure has been in the Maintenance and Operations Department. Mr. Dring has worked in different capacities at five of the seven MWRD Water Reclamation Plants from Sewer Control to Plant Manager of the Hanover Park WRP. He was in charge of the Technical Projects section which was the go between with MWRD and the Environmental Protection Agency and in charge of the Waterways Section which operated the Chicago Area waterways, via locks, gates, and even two -six megawatt generators. These waterways are the means of transporting storm water away from the city as opposed to reversing and discharging into Lake Michigan which is the drinking source for millions of citizens. The past 13 years Mr. Dring has been Operations Manager at two plants, the Stickney WRP and Calumet WRPs. Each plant has their own tunnel and reservoir system which will be the topic of his presentation.

Professor (Dr) Devendra Swaroop Bhargava1, Roorkee University (now IIT)'s retired Professor (Environmental), has taught since 1960 (after, Post-Graduation1 in Public Health Engg., with near 100% results in external examination system) at various Institutions including the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok (on deputation by the Indian Govt in 1986 & 1988) and at BE,ME,PhD alma-maters. In between he availed foreign scholarship (through Indian Government) and served the Central Board for the Prevention and Control of Water Pollution, New Delhi, Uttranchal Government Advisor (Quality Control Cell) to Mela Adhikhari, Ardh Kumbh Mela-2004, Haridwar. As Editor of Indian Survivor Journal of Institution of Surveyors India, and Indian Journal of Environmental Protection.

Prof. Bhargava authored over 500 research papers/articles & recipient of 32 academic-awards including the UGC's most prestigious SP award shared with likes of AmartayaSen, NarulHasan as WB-Governor, etc, & figures in Marquis Who'Who etc. 2 times Parliament-Questions answered about his researches (LokSabha Q.no.2338/82; RajyaSabha Q.no.195/83). US-Army Chief(Estu) invited him for a research-proposal & 7-NASA-scientists greatly-supported his research in their report "Ocean Color" on Net.

He is Interdisciplinary-Committee Member & Jury of World Cultural Council awarding the Albert Einstein Award in Science & Nominator for Asahi Glass Foundation of Japan's Blue-Planet Prize. Delivered Key Notes at BHU, AMU, JNU (IK.Gujral, ex-PM was Chief Guest) & expert of UPSC, IIT, CSIR, etc. His research studies on the Ganga River especially its extraordinary high self-purifying abilities have extensively been published all over the world.

Professor (Dr) Devendra Swaroop Bhargava1, Roorkee University (now IIT)'s retired Professor (Environmental), has taught since 1960 (after, Post-Graduation1 in Public Health Engg., with near 100% results in external examination system) at various Institutions including the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok (on deputation by the Indian Govt in 1986 & 1988) and at BE,ME,PhD alma-maters. In between he availed foreign scholarship (through Indian Government) and served the Central Board for the Prevention and Control of Water Pollution, New Delhi, Uttranchal Government Advisor (Quality Control Cell) to Mela Adhikhari, Ardh Kumbh Mela-2004, Haridwar. As Editor of Indian Survivor Journal of Institution of Surveyors India, and Indian Journal of Environmental Protection.

Prof. Bhargava authored over 500 research papers/articles & recipient of 32 academic-awards including the UGC's most prestigious SP award shared with likes of AmartayaSen, NarulHasan as WB-Governor, etc, & figures in Marquis Who'Who etc. 2 times Parliament-Questions answered about his researches (LokSabha Q.no.2338/82; RajyaSabha Q.no.195/83). US-Army Chief(Estu) invited him for a research-proposal & 7-NASA-scientists greatly-supported his research in their report "Ocean Color" on Net.

He is Interdisciplinary-Committee Member & Jury of World Cultural Council awarding the Albert Einstein Award in Science & Nominator for Asahi Glass Foundation of Japan's Blue-Planet Prize. Delivered Key Notes at BHU, AMU, JNU (IK.Gujral, ex-PM was Chief Guest) & expert of UPSC, IIT, CSIR, etc. His research studies on the Ganga River especially its extraordinary high self-purifying abilities have extensively been published all over the world.

Professor (Dr) Devendra Swaroop Bhargava1, Roorkee University (now IIT)'s retired Professor (Environmental), has taught since 1960 (after, Post-Graduation1 in Public Health Engg., with near 100% results in external examination system) at various Institutions including the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok (on deputation by the Indian Govt in 1986 & 1988) and at BE,ME,PhD alma-maters. In between he availed foreign scholarship (through Indian Government) and served the Central Board for the Prevention and Control of Water Pollution, New Delhi, Uttranchal Government Advisor (Quality Control Cell) to Mela Adhikhari, Ardh Kumbh Mela-2004, Haridwar. As Editor of Indian Survivor Journal of Institution of Surveyors India, and Indian Journal of Environmental Protection.

Prof. Bhargava authored over 500 research papers/articles & recipient of 32 academic-awards including the UGC's most prestigious SP award shared with likes of AmartayaSen, NarulHasan as WB-Governor, etc, & figures in Marquis Who'Who etc. 2 times Parliament-Questions answered about his researches (LokSabha Q.no.2338/82; RajyaSabha Q.no.195/83). US-Army Chief(Estu) invited him for a research-proposal & 7-NASA-scientists greatly-supported his research in their report "Ocean Color" on Net.

He is Interdisciplinary-Committee Member & Jury of World Cultural Council awarding the Albert Einstein Award in Science & Nominator for Asahi Glass Foundation of Japan's Blue-Planet Prize. Delivered Key Notes at BHU, AMU, JNU (IK.Gujral, ex-PM was Chief Guest) & expert of UPSC, IIT, CSIR, etc. His research studies on the Ganga River especially its extraordinary high self-purifying abilities have extensively been published all over the world.

Dr Vinod Tare is a Professor of Environmental Engineering and Management at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur and also held Sir M Visvesaraya Chair Professor established by the Ministry of Water Resources, GoI. He is a Civil Engineer, obtained his Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Environmental Engineering from IIT Kanpur, and subsequently did post-doctoral research at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. Dr Tare began his professional career with a short tenure at the Engineers India Ltd and subsequently chose to serve the academic world and engage in research and development activities. He has guided numerous masters’ and doctoral dissertations, and published many reports and papers in conference proceedings and journals of international repute. He was the Chairman of the International Conference on Water – Harvesting, Storage and Conservation (WHSC-2009) and First, Second, Third and the Fourth India Water Impact Summit held in 2012, 2017, 2018 and 2019 respectively at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. Dr Tare has served on numerous National and International Panels and Committees on various issues and is consultant/advisor to many government organisations, NGOs, Industries, and Institutions. He has developed nature-friendly toilet systems that has been successfully piloted for passenger trains in Indian Railways, for communities, house boats, large congregation such as Kumbh Mela, etc. and has a huge potential for deployment for public use. Dr Tare was the leader of the consortia of seven IITs for the preparation of Ganga River Basin Management Plan (GRBMP). He is the founding head of the Centre for Ganga River Basin Management and Studies (cGanga) at IIT Kanpur supported by the Ministry of Jal Shakti (formerly Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation), Government of India.

Dr Vinod Tare is a Professor of Environmental Engineering and Management at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur and also held Sir M Visvesaraya Chair Professor established by the Ministry of Water Resources, GoI. He is a Civil Engineer, obtained his Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Environmental Engineering from IIT Kanpur, and subsequently did post-doctoral research at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. Dr Tare began his professional career with a short tenure at the Engineers India Ltd and subsequently chose to serve the academic world and engage in research and development activities. He has guided numerous masters’ and doctoral dissertations, and published many reports and papers in conference proceedings and journals of international repute. He was the Chairman of the International Conference on Water – Harvesting, Storage and Conservation (WHSC-2009) and First, Second, Third and the Fourth India Water Impact Summit held in 2012, 2017, 2018 and 2019 respectively at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. Dr Tare has served on numerous National and International Panels and Committees on various issues and is consultant/advisor to many government organisations, NGOs, Industries, and Institutions. He has developed nature-friendly toilet systems that has been successfully piloted for passenger trains in Indian Railways, for communities, house boats, large congregation such as Kumbh Mela, etc. and has a huge potential for deployment for public use. Dr Tare was the leader of the consortia of seven IITs for the preparation of Ganga River Basin Management Plan (GRBMP). He is the founding head of the Centre for Ganga River Basin Management and Studies (cGanga) at IIT Kanpur supported by the Ministry of Jal Shakti (formerly Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation), Government of India.

Dr Vinod Tare is a Professor of Environmental Engineering and Management at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur and also held Sir M Visvesaraya Chair Professor established by the Ministry of Water Resources, GoI. He is a Civil Engineer, obtained his Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Environmental Engineering from IIT Kanpur, and subsequently did post-doctoral research at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. Dr Tare began his professional career with a short tenure at the Engineers India Ltd and subsequently chose to serve the academic world and engage in research and development activities. He has guided numerous masters’ and doctoral dissertations, and published many reports and papers in conference proceedings and journals of international repute. He was the Chairman of the International Conference on Water – Harvesting, Storage and Conservation (WHSC-2009) and First, Second, Third and the Fourth India Water Impact Summit held in 2012, 2017, 2018 and 2019 respectively at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. Dr Tare has served on numerous National and International Panels and Committees on various issues and is consultant/advisor to many government organisations, NGOs, Industries, and Institutions. He has developed nature-friendly toilet systems that has been successfully piloted for passenger trains in Indian Railways, for communities, house boats, large congregation such as Kumbh Mela, etc. and has a huge potential for deployment for public use. Dr Tare was the leader of the consortia of seven IITs for the preparation of Ganga River Basin Management Plan (GRBMP). He is the founding head of the Centre for Ganga River Basin Management and Studies (cGanga) at IIT Kanpur supported by the Ministry of Jal Shakti (formerly Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation), Government of India.

Sanjay Patel is the Maintenance Manager at the Stickney Water Reclamation Plant (SWRP) of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRDGC). He is responsible for the maintenance of SWRP, Deep Tunnel facilities, outlying pumping stations and reservoirs. He has over 28 years of experience in water reclamation industry.
Sanjay has a Bachelor of Science degree in Instrumentation and Control Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. He has a Professional Engineering (PE) license for the State of Illinois.

Sanjay Patel is the Maintenance Manager at the Stickney Water Reclamation Plant (SWRP) of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRDGC). He is responsible for the maintenance of SWRP, Deep Tunnel facilities, outlying pumping stations and reservoirs. He has over 28 years of experience in water reclamation industry.
Sanjay has a Bachelor of Science degree in Instrumentation and Control Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. He has a Professional Engineering (PE) license for the State of Illinois.

Sanjay Patel is the Maintenance Manager at the Stickney Water Reclamation Plant (SWRP) of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRDGC). He is responsible for the maintenance of SWRP, Deep Tunnel facilities, outlying pumping stations and reservoirs. He has over 28 years of experience in water reclamation industry.
Sanjay has a Bachelor of Science degree in Instrumentation and Control Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. He has a Professional Engineering (PE) license for the State of Illinois.

Enrique has been at the helm of LA Sanitation & Environment (LASAN) as the Director and General Manager for over eight years. He was originally appointed in 2007, and then reappointed by Mayor Garcetti in September 2013. LASAN is one of the largest agencies in the City of Los Angeles with nearly 3,300 employees and an annual revenue budget of over $1.1 billion. Through Mr. Zaldivar's leadership and management, LASAN oversees important environmental and infrastructure programs such as the City's Clean Water program, one of the largest in the world with its iconic flagship Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant; the Solid Resources program, which has achieved one of the highest recycling rates in the nation at 76.4% and climbing, and includes the recently implemented recycLA Franchise Initiative; and the Watershed Protection program, which is among the most innovative in the country with its use of green infrastructure for achieving water quality objectives for urban stormwater runoff, while delivering on multiple other benefits like open space, urban habitat support, and water supply.
Under Enrique's leadership, LASAN has had some very significant accomplishments of great benefit to the City at large

Enrique has been at the helm of LA Sanitation & Environment (LASAN) as the Director and General Manager for over eight years. He was originally appointed in 2007, and then reappointed by Mayor Garcetti in September 2013. LASAN is one of the largest agencies in the City of Los Angeles with nearly 3,300 employees and an annual revenue budget of over $1.1 billion. Through Mr. Zaldivar's leadership and management, LASAN oversees important environmental and infrastructure programs such as the City's Clean Water program, one of the largest in the world with its iconic flagship Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant; the Solid Resources program, which has achieved one of the highest recycling rates in the nation at 76.4% and climbing, and includes the recently implemented recycLA Franchise Initiative; and the Watershed Protection program, which is among the most innovative in the country with its use of green infrastructure for achieving water quality objectives for urban stormwater runoff, while delivering on multiple other benefits like open space, urban habitat support, and water supply.
Under Enrique's leadership, LASAN has had some very significant accomplishments of great benefit to the City at large

Enrique has been at the helm of LA Sanitation & Environment (LASAN) as the Director and General Manager for over eight years. He was originally appointed in 2007, and then reappointed by Mayor Garcetti in September 2013. LASAN is one of the largest agencies in the City of Los Angeles with nearly 3,300 employees and an annual revenue budget of over $1.1 billion. Through Mr. Zaldivar's leadership and management, LASAN oversees important environmental and infrastructure programs such as the City's Clean Water program, one of the largest in the world with its iconic flagship Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant; the Solid Resources program, which has achieved one of the highest recycling rates in the nation at 76.4% and climbing, and includes the recently implemented recycLA Franchise Initiative; and the Watershed Protection program, which is among the most innovative in the country with its use of green infrastructure for achieving water quality objectives for urban stormwater runoff, while delivering on multiple other benefits like open space, urban habitat support, and water supply.
Under Enrique's leadership, LASAN has had some very significant accomplishments of great benefit to the City at large

Jon Freedman is based in Washington, DC, where he leads global government affairs for SUEZ’s Water Technologies & Solutions business. Previously, he led global government affairs & partnerships for GE’s water business. In addition, he was the project leader responsible for developing GE’s global environmental sustainability initiative now called Ecomagination. He also helped GE create a global water business by leading the acquisition of an NYSE-listed water company. Jon teaches a class on water at the University of Pennsylvania, and he serves on the advisory board of The Wharton School’s Institute for Global Environmental Leadership. He also serves on the board of directors for the WateReuse Association. Jon has authored numerous articles and speaks frequently on the future of water, water reuse, and policy best practices.

Jon Freedman is based in Washington, DC, where he leads global government affairs for SUEZ’s Water Technologies & Solutions business. Previously, he led global government affairs & partnerships for GE’s water business. In addition, he was the project leader responsible for developing GE’s global environmental sustainability initiative now called Ecomagination. He also helped GE create a global water business by leading the acquisition of an NYSE-listed water company. Jon teaches a class on water at the University of Pennsylvania, and he serves on the advisory board of The Wharton School’s Institute for Global Environmental Leadership. He also serves on the board of directors for the WateReuse Association. Jon has authored numerous articles and speaks frequently on the future of water, water reuse, and policy best practices.

Jon Freedman is based in Washington, DC, where he leads global government affairs for SUEZ’s Water Technologies & Solutions business. Previously, he led global government affairs & partnerships for GE’s water business. In addition, he was the project leader responsible for developing GE’s global environmental sustainability initiative now called Ecomagination. He also helped GE create a global water business by leading the acquisition of an NYSE-listed water company. Jon teaches a class on water at the University of Pennsylvania, and he serves on the advisory board of The Wharton School’s Institute for Global Environmental Leadership. He also serves on the board of directors for the WateReuse Association. Jon has authored numerous articles and speaks frequently on the future of water, water reuse, and policy best practices.

Raj Bhattarai is a visiting professor of civil engineering at IIT Kanpur and the president and founder of Clean Water Strategies in Austin, Texas. He has 40 years of experience in water quality management and water resource recovery, almost 35 years of which were at Austin Water.
Raj served as the 2007-08 president of the Water Environment Association of Texas (WEAT). He was the president of the Texas Association of Clean Water Agencies in 2001, 2013 and 2014, and a board member of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), and of the Water Environment Research Foundation, where he also chaired the Research Council.
Raj received the Gascoigne Medal and the Bedell Award from WEF, the National Environmental Achievement Award from NACWA, and the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Mahlie Award from WEAT for “significant contributions to the art and science of wastewater treatment and water pollution control.” He has a B.Tech. in civil engineering from IIT Kanpur and an M.S. in environmental health engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Raj is a registered professional engineer in the state of Texas and a board-certified environmental engineer. A Distinguished Alumnus of the Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering Department of the University of Texas at Austin, and a WEF Life Member and a WEF Fellow, Raj currently serves as a WEF Trustee. He has more than 150 presentations and publications to his credit.

Raj Bhattarai is a visiting professor of civil engineering at IIT Kanpur and the president and founder of Clean Water Strategies in Austin, Texas. He has 40 years of experience in water quality management and water resource recovery, almost 35 years of which were at Austin Water.
Raj served as the 2007-08 president of the Water Environment Association of Texas (WEAT). He was the president of the Texas Association of Clean Water Agencies in 2001, 2013 and 2014, and a board member of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), and of the Water Environment Research Foundation, where he also chaired the Research Council.
Raj received the Gascoigne Medal and the Bedell Award from WEF, the National Environmental Achievement Award from NACWA, and the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Mahlie Award from WEAT for “significant contributions to the art and science of wastewater treatment and water pollution control.” He has a B.Tech. in civil engineering from IIT Kanpur and an M.S. in environmental health engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Raj is a registered professional engineer in the state of Texas and a board-certified environmental engineer. A Distinguished Alumnus of the Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering Department of the University of Texas at Austin, and a WEF Life Member and a WEF Fellow, Raj currently serves as a WEF Trustee. He has more than 150 presentations and publications to his credit.

Raj Bhattarai is a visiting professor of civil engineering at IIT Kanpur and the president and founder of Clean Water Strategies in Austin, Texas. He has 40 years of experience in water quality management and water resource recovery, almost 35 years of which were at Austin Water.
Raj served as the 2007-08 president of the Water Environment Association of Texas (WEAT). He was the president of the Texas Association of Clean Water Agencies in 2001, 2013 and 2014, and a board member of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), and of the Water Environment Research Foundation, where he also chaired the Research Council.
Raj received the Gascoigne Medal and the Bedell Award from WEF, the National Environmental Achievement Award from NACWA, and the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Mahlie Award from WEAT for “significant contributions to the art and science of wastewater treatment and water pollution control.” He has a B.Tech. in civil engineering from IIT Kanpur and an M.S. in environmental health engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Raj is a registered professional engineer in the state of Texas and a board-certified environmental engineer. A Distinguished Alumnus of the Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering Department of the University of Texas at Austin, and a WEF Life Member and a WEF Fellow, Raj currently serves as a WEF Trustee. He has more than 150 presentations and publications to his credit.

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.

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.

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.

Manish Kumar is an Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering at UT Austin. He received his bachelors from the National Institute of Technology in Trichy, India in Chemical Engineering. He completed masters in environmental engineering at the University of Illinois and then worked for approximately seven years in the environmental consulting industry on applied research projects primarily centered around membranes for water treatment, desalination, and reclamation. He returned to Illinois to complete a PhD in the area of biomimetic membranes and then conducted postdoctoral research at the Harvard Medical School on the structure of water channel proteins, aquaporins. He works in the areas of sustainable filtration, biophysical transport characterization, membrane protein-based membranes and devices and on developing artificial membrane proteins (based on synthetic supramolecular macrocycles). His group also works on improving membrane desalination processes to prevent biofouling and colloidal fouling.

Manish Kumar is an Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering at UT Austin. He received his bachelors from the National Institute of Technology in Trichy, India in Chemical Engineering. He completed masters in environmental engineering at the University of Illinois and then worked for approximately seven years in the environmental consulting industry on applied research projects primarily centered around membranes for water treatment, desalination, and reclamation. He returned to Illinois to complete a PhD in the area of biomimetic membranes and then conducted postdoctoral research at the Harvard Medical School on the structure of water channel proteins, aquaporins. He works in the areas of sustainable filtration, biophysical transport characterization, membrane protein-based membranes and devices and on developing artificial membrane proteins (based on synthetic supramolecular macrocycles). His group also works on improving membrane desalination processes to prevent biofouling and colloidal fouling.

Manish Kumar is an Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering at UT Austin. He received his bachelors from the National Institute of Technology in Trichy, India in Chemical Engineering. He completed masters in environmental engineering at the University of Illinois and then worked for approximately seven years in the environmental consulting industry on applied research projects primarily centered around membranes for water treatment, desalination, and reclamation. He returned to Illinois to complete a PhD in the area of biomimetic membranes and then conducted postdoctoral research at the Harvard Medical School on the structure of water channel proteins, aquaporins. He works in the areas of sustainable filtration, biophysical transport characterization, membrane protein-based membranes and devices and on developing artificial membrane proteins (based on synthetic supramolecular macrocycles). His group also works on improving membrane desalination processes to prevent biofouling and colloidal fouling.

Thomas Price, PE, is Senior Manager at Environmental Consulting and Technology, Inc. (ECT) located in Lombard, Illinois. The focus of Tom’s career includes sustainable stormwater management approaches that address both the hydrologic and water quality impacts of development. Projects are designed to integrate stormwater management systems throughout the site and into every surface rather using more typical end-of-the-pipe solutions that collect and then detain stormwater. Stormwater strategies include: bioretention systems such as green roofs, rain gardens, and bioswales; porous paving; rainwater collection and reuse; and naturalized conveyance and detention.

Thomas Price, PE, is Senior Manager at Environmental Consulting and Technology, Inc. (ECT) located in Lombard, Illinois. The focus of Tom’s career includes sustainable stormwater management approaches that address both the hydrologic and water quality impacts of development. Projects are designed to integrate stormwater management systems throughout the site and into every surface rather using more typical end-of-the-pipe solutions that collect and then detain stormwater. Stormwater strategies include: bioretention systems such as green roofs, rain gardens, and bioswales; porous paving; rainwater collection and reuse; and naturalized conveyance and detention.

Thomas Price, PE, is Senior Manager at Environmental Consulting and Technology, Inc. (ECT) located in Lombard, Illinois. The focus of Tom’s career includes sustainable stormwater management approaches that address both the hydrologic and water quality impacts of development. Projects are designed to integrate stormwater management systems throughout the site and into every surface rather using more typical end-of-the-pipe solutions that collect and then detain stormwater. Stormwater strategies include: bioretention systems such as green roofs, rain gardens, and bioswales; porous paving; rainwater collection and reuse; and naturalized conveyance and detention.

Deanna Doohaluk is a Watershed Project Manager with The Conservation Foundation and fulltime staff to the DuPage River Salt Creek Workgroup (DRSCW). She has over 20 years’ experience in water resource management in both the public and private sector. Ms. Doohaluk currently serves as staff lead on the development of the DRSCW’s Nutrient Implementation Plan (NIP) aimed at identifying phosphorus input reductions by point source discharges, non-point source discharges and other measures to improve the water quality in the DuPage River and Salt Creek watersheds. Components of the NIP include watershed and water quality modeling, non-point source analysis, and a nutrient trading program with point source and stream restoration credits. She also has extensive experience with the development of water quality sampling plans and Quality Assurance Project Plans. Ms. Doohaluk has a Masters of Public Health in Environmental Health Sciences from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina and a BS in Environmental Science from Mercer University, Macon, Georgia.

Deanna Doohaluk is a Watershed Project Manager with The Conservation Foundation and fulltime staff to the DuPage River Salt Creek Workgroup (DRSCW). She has over 20 years’ experience in water resource management in both the public and private sector. Ms. Doohaluk currently serves as staff lead on the development of the DRSCW’s Nutrient Implementation Plan (NIP) aimed at identifying phosphorus input reductions by point source discharges, non-point source discharges and other measures to improve the water quality in the DuPage River and Salt Creek watersheds. Components of the NIP include watershed and water quality modeling, non-point source analysis, and a nutrient trading program with point source and stream restoration credits. She also has extensive experience with the development of water quality sampling plans and Quality Assurance Project Plans. Ms. Doohaluk has a Masters of Public Health in Environmental Health Sciences from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina and a BS in Environmental Science from Mercer University, Macon, Georgia.

Deanna Doohaluk is a Watershed Project Manager with The Conservation Foundation and fulltime staff to the DuPage River Salt Creek Workgroup (DRSCW). She has over 20 years’ experience in water resource management in both the public and private sector. Ms. Doohaluk currently serves as staff lead on the development of the DRSCW’s Nutrient Implementation Plan (NIP) aimed at identifying phosphorus input reductions by point source discharges, non-point source discharges and other measures to improve the water quality in the DuPage River and Salt Creek watersheds. Components of the NIP include watershed and water quality modeling, non-point source analysis, and a nutrient trading program with point source and stream restoration credits. She also has extensive experience with the development of water quality sampling plans and Quality Assurance Project Plans. Ms. Doohaluk has a Masters of Public Health in Environmental Health Sciences from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina and a BS in Environmental Science from Mercer University, Macon, Georgia.

Prof. HImabindu is currently serving as the Head of the Department of Environmental Sciences at JNTU Hyderabad .She has 27years of experience in the environmental field. She has conducted numerous workshops and has many publications to her credit. Under her guidance many students have received Ph.D., degree and Masters degrees.

Prof. HImabindu is currently serving as the Head of the Department of Environmental Sciences at JNTU Hyderabad .She has 27years of experience in the environmental field. She has conducted numerous workshops and has many publications to her credit. Under her guidance many students have received Ph.D., degree and Masters degrees.

Prof. HImabindu is currently serving as the Head of the Department of Environmental Sciences at JNTU Hyderabad .She has 27years of experience in the environmental field. She has conducted numerous workshops and has many publications to her credit. Under her guidance many students have received Ph.D., degree and Masters degrees.

Prof. MNV Prasad has more than 35 is currently Emeritus Professor, School of Life Sciences, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India.
He served as the Dean, School of Life Sciences, Head, Dept of Plant Sciences,
and Co-ordinators of Biotechnology
and PG Diploma in Environmental education and management. He has edited 34 books published by various well-known pubishing houses such as Springer and CRC pres

Prof. MNV Prasad has more than 35 is currently Emeritus Professor, School of Life Sciences, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India.
He served as the Dean, School of Life Sciences, Head, Dept of Plant Sciences,
and Co-ordinators of Biotechnology
and PG Diploma in Environmental education and management. He has edited 34 books published by various well-known pubishing houses such as Springer and CRC pres

Prof. MNV Prasad has more than 35 is currently Emeritus Professor, School of Life Sciences, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India.
He served as the Dean, School of Life Sciences, Head, Dept of Plant Sciences,
and Co-ordinators of Biotechnology
and PG Diploma in Environmental education and management. He has edited 34 books published by various well-known pubishing houses such as Springer and CRC pres