Agenda: The Water-Energy Nexus
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The Water-Energy Nexus:
Sustainability and Global Challenges

Thursday, April 17, 2014
9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Hotel Regent Beijing
99 Jinbao St.
Dongcheng District
Beijing, China


9 - 9:30 a.m.



  • Edward Guiliano, Ph.D., President and CEO, New York Institute of Technology
  • Invited Official, Peking University
9:30 - 10 a.m.

US-China Ecopartnership Program: Goals, Accomplishments, and Outlook

  • Erica Keen Thomas, Environment, Science, Technology and Health Counselor, U.S. Department of State, Beijing, China
  • Invited Official, National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), People's Republic of China
10 - 10:15 a.m. BREAK
10:15 - 11 a.m.

Global Water Challenges: Government Agency Programs

  • Changqing Song, Ph.D., National Natural Science Foundation of China
  • Nancy Sung, Ph.D., Program Director, National Science Foundation
  • Invited Official, Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

The Water-Energy Nexus

  • Robert Ivy, Director, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Embassy - Beijing, China
  • Dongxiao Zhang, Professor and Dean, College of Engineering, Founding Chair, Department of Energy and Resources Engineering, Peking University
  • Vincent Tidwell, Ph.D., Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories
  • Tissa H. Illangasekare, Ph.D., AMAX Distinguished Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Colorado School of Mines
12 - 12:30 p.m.

Advances in Collaborative Groundwater Research

  • Richard Hooper, Ph.D., Director, Consortium of Universities for Advancement of Hydrological Sciences, Inc. (CUAHSI)
12:30 - 1:30 p.m. LUNCH
1:30 - 3 p.m.

Clean Water Protection and Management

EcoPartnership on Groundwater Monitoring, Protection, and Training
New York Institute of Technology and Peking University

EcoPartnership on Great Rivers
The Nature Conservancy’s Great Rivers Partnership and the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture’ Yangtze River Fishery Administration

EcoPartnership for Wetland and Eco-Development
Tulane University and East China Normal University

  • Robert Tansey, Senior Advisor, External Affairs and Policy for Northeast Asia and Greater China, The Nature Conservancy
3 - 3:15 p.m. BREAK
3:15 - 4:30 p.m.

Energy Efficiency and By-Product Synergy

EcoPartnership on Energy Efficiency
Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Beijing Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection Center (BECC)

  • Mona Yew, Deputy Director, NRDC, China
  • Zhijun Zhao, Director, Power Demand Side Management Division, BECC

EcoPartnership on Innovative Bio-gas Technologies,
Stony Brook University (New York) and Tongji University (Shanghai)

  • Devinder Mahajan, Ph.D., Professor and Co-Director, Chemical & Molecular Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering Dept., SBU; Joint Appointment, SBU and Brookhaven National Lab
  • Xiaoli Chai, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Environmental Engineering, College of Environmental Science and Engineering and The State Key Laboratory of Pollution Control and Resource Reuse, Tongji University
4:30 - 5 p.m.

Water Information Systems

EcoPartnership on Clean Water - Groundwater Protection

* Agenda is subject to change and includes invited speakers.