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Plenary Speakers

Dr. Art K. Umble

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PhD, PE, BCEE, WEF Fellow. Vice President, Global Wastewater Practice Leader. MWH now part of Stantec Consulting Services, Inc.

Currently leads the Global Wastewater Practice for MWH/Stantec, focusing on municipal and industrial wastewater treatment technologies, with an emphasis on converting waste streams to value streams. Dr. Umble provides technical analysis and support to design teams for new and rehabilitated wastewater treatment plants, with a focus on nutrient removal and recovery facilities, process optimization for treatment capacity and energy management, wet weather treatment, solids processing and disposal facilities, disinfection systems, reuse and emerging contaminant removal technology. In addition to consulting, Dr. Umble's experience includes university teaching and managing a publicly owned water and wastewater utility. Dr. Umble is a national leader in initiatives involving the promotion of environmental sustainable systems, from watershed planning to pollution prevention. He serves in numerous state and national forums and stakeholder work groups related to emerging treatment technologies, sustainability in treatment and environmental regulation. He serves on numerous steering committees for the Water Environment Federation including the Leaders Innovation Forum for Technology (LIFT), the WE&RF Intensification of Resource Recovery Conference, and serves as Director for the Community of Practice for Resource Recovery for the Water Environment Federation. He is also engaged in research by serving as Vice-Chair of the Research Advisory Council for the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF) and provides peer review for WE&RF on various collaborative research projects.


Professor Damien Batstone

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Deputy Director, Education of the Advanced Water Management Centre and Professor in the School of Chemical Engineering, The University of Queensland

Damien Batstone leads anaerobic technology and resource recovery research programmes at The Advanced Water Management Centre. He has published 150 peer reviewed journal publications, book chapters, or books, has over 4500 Scopus citations, and a Scopus h-index of 35. He is professor and a Vice Chancellor's Research Fellow, and teaches statistics and process modelling into the UQ Chemical and Civil Engineering programmes. Damien is well known for his research into novel processes and anaerobic modelling, and as lead author of the IWA Anaerobic Digestion Model No. 1, Chair of the Physicochemical Modelling Taskgroup (PCM1), and participation in other IWA modelling taskgroups. He is also current chair of the IWA Anaerobic Digestion Specialist Group.


Dr. James L. Barnard

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Ph.D. IWA Fellow, WEF Fellow, BCEE., Dist MASCE Global Practice & Technology Leader of Advanced Biological Treatment Black & Veatch

Dr. Barnard developed the Bardenpho, MLE and Phoredox (aka AO, A2O) processes for biological nitrogen and phosphorus removal and designed more than 140 BNR plants including the first plants in the North America at Palmetto FL and Kelowna BC. He served on WERF supervisory committees and Advisory Committees for New York, DC Water, Los Angeles, Winnipeg and others. He was awarded the Clarke Prize in 2007, received Honorary Doctorates from the Universities of Johannesburg, Iowa State and Stellenbosch and the Lee Kuan Yew Singapore Water Prize in July 2011. He is presently employed by Black & Veatch as a Global Practice and Technology Leader. His research into BPR has unveiled some new perspectives which will be included in his lecture.


Professor Mark Van Loosdrecht

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Chair Environmental Biotechnology TU-Delft
Editor-in-Chief Water Research

Mark van Loosdrecht is Professor of Environmental Biotechnology at Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands. He graduated (MSc and PhD) at Wageningen University with specialisation in Microbiology and Physical and Colloid Chemistry. He went to TU Delft in 1988 and became Full Professor in 1998. His research is characterized by the combination of scientific understanding of complex systems and development of new processes. His scientific interests are related to biofilm processes, nutrient conversion processes and the role of storage polymers in microbial ecology. In particular, he is interested in new processes related to wastewater treatment and resource recovery. His research has resulted in several processes currently applied on full scale such as the Sharon process, Anammox process and Nereda process. Currently processes for bioplastics and hydrogels production from waste are in the scale-up phase. He is active member of the International Water Association (IWA) and past chairman of the Biofilm and the Nutrient removal specialist groups. He is Editor-in-Chief of Water Research. He obtained several prizes for his work, including the Lee Kuan Yew Singapore Water Prize, the NWO Spinoza Award, the STW Simon Stevin award and the IWA Grand Award. He is member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), the Dutch Academy of Engineering (AcTI) and the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE). He was awarded a knighthood in the order of the Dutch Lion. He has published over 650 scientific papers (google scholar h-index 120), holds around 20 patents and has supervised over 50 PhD students.

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