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Clean Water Matters: Challenges and Research Perspectives Workshop

The interdisciplinary nature of the workshop allows for a broad-based perspective drawing from academia, research scientists, entities that focus on the advancement of science and technology, including national agencies, foundations and corporate partners. A series of 90-minute sessions that include platform presentations and roundtable discussions are planned, along a final wrap up session to explore the formation of a US-China Water Consortium for Research and Innovation. Each session leader will moderate the dialogue after short presentations on the topics outlined below.

NYIT’s School of Engineering & Computing Sciences and Peking University’s Center for Water Research, in association with Wuhan University’s International School of Software, are leading in planning and executing the workshop. NYIT’s School of Engineering and Computing Sciences is taking the lead on the technical programming side of the workshop, as well as the Water-Energy Nexus conference the day before. Together with the Institute for Sustainability and International Society for Water Solutions of AIChE, all partners are supporting the workshop’s design and content, securing participants and government funding agencies’ representation across the two nations.

Research Questions/Discussion Topics will include:

Session 1 — Groundwater quality modeling for megacities and rural areas   

This session will contribute to advancing the understanding of hydrologic processes and water quality evolution. Challenges in the modeling of groundwater contaminants transport for improved monitoring, as well as new approaches for identifying contaminant sources (e.g., ModGA code for contaminant source identification, substance flow accounting; industrial ecology) will be described.  The presentations and round table discussion will consider both urban and rural aquifers. 

Session Leader and Speaker: 

  • Chunmiao Zheng, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Water Resources and Director of the Center for Water Research, Peking University. President, International Commission on Groundwater; International Association of Hydrological Sciences, and Professor, University of Alabama

Other Speakers: 

  • Shieh-Tsing Hsieh, Ph.D., Professor and Chair Electrical Engineering Department, Tulane University. Founding Director of the U.S./China Energy and Environmental Technology Center (EETC). Advisor to the Science and Technology Commission of the People’s Republic of China and consultant to the U.S. Department of Energy 
  • Tissa H. Illangasekare, Ph.D., PE, P.Hyd, BCEE, DWRE, AMAX Distinguished Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Director, Center for Experimental Study of Subsurface Environmental Processes, Colorado School of Mines
  • Jian Jian Lu, Ph.D., Professor of Ecology, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China; Director of the Chongxi Wetland Research Center; Lifetime Professor in ecology and environmental sciences; Chief Scientist in Sino-US Eco-partnership for wetland research; and Director of Sustainable Development Research Center of the Yangtze River Basin, China Development Research Academy.

Session 2 — Water scarcity and hydrologic challenges

Participants in this session will explore the fundamental hydrologic challenges and water scarcity issues affecting countries across the globe. The discussion will take into account the impact of climate change on water supply and critical zone processes, and feedback loops.  Participants will consider new advances to enhance water resource availability predictive models, whether they take into account findings from critical zone observatories, cyber physical systems, demand-side management predictions or other variables, as well as systems to signal resource depletion.

Session Leader and Speaker: 

Other Speakers: 

  • Darren Ficklin, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Dept. of Geography, Indiana University
  • John S. Gierke, Ph.D., P.E., Professor of Geological & Environmental Engineering, Department of Geological Engineering and Sciences, Michigan Technological University 
  • Jie Liu, Ph.D., Associate Professor, College of Engineering, Peking University and Center for Water Research 

Session 3 — Research advances in water management for hydraulic fracturing in oil and gas production

Hydraulic fracturing, which usually extends the life of existing oil and gas wells, requires the use of fluid and materials (sand, additives) to open small fractures in order to stimulate production. This session will explore advances in water management, reuse, and how they might address the potential contamination of groundwater resources if the fluid enters the water supply. Participants will discuss research directions and models for optimizing the drilling and production water life cycle, as well as potential fixed and mobile solutions.

Session Leader and Speaker:

  • Daniel Reible, Ph.D., PE, BCEE NAE, Donovan Maddox Distinguished Engineering Chair, Texas Tech University 

Speakers: 

  • Megan Mauter, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy, Department of Chemical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University 
  • Dongxiao Zhang, Professor and Dean, College of Engineering, Founding Chair, Department of Energy and Resources Engineering, Peking University, Beijing, China
  • Xing-Zhong Zhao, Ph.D., Professor and Head of Laboratory, Department of Physics, Wuhan University 

Session 4 — Information systems for real-time water quality monitoring and analysis

This session will focus on advances in the integration of IT and cyber-physical systems for real-time water quality monitoring and analysis.  Research on real-time smart microsensors and detection systems can effectively be used for detection, mapping, monitoring and remediation of contaminated aquifers. Similar systems may be developed for reservoirs and other surface fresh water resources.  Participants will discuss optimal network configurations and methodologies to assess sensors networks performance in the field, as well as to reduce errors, such as geo-statistical variance reduction analysis and simulations.   

Session Leader and Speaker

  • Xiaohui Cui, Ph.D., Dean, International School of Software, Wuhan University. Assistant Professor, Computer Sciences, NYIT, and Research Scientist, ORNL 

Other Speakers: 

  • Paul Anid, Ph.D., Vice President, Water Quality Management Services, HDR Inc. 
  • Fang Li, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, New York Institute of Technology
  • Ziqian Dong, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, New York Institute of Technology 
  • Alan Mickelson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, Department of Electrical and Computer and Energy Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder  

Session 5 — Wrap-up and future research collaborations

This session will synthesize the roundtable discussion points and pinpoint research gaps and barriers to technology innovation, as well as identify means to overcoming these gaps, and the development of a joint research agenda across workshop participants.

Session Leader: 

  • Nada Anid, Ph.D., Professor and Dean, School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, NYIT

Discussants:

  • Xiaohui Cui, Ph.D., Dean, International School of Software, Wuhan University. Assistant Professor, Computer Science, NYIT, and Research Scientist, ORNL
  • Richard Hooper, Ph.D., Executive Director, Universities Allied for Water Research; (CUAHSI)
  • Daniel Reible, Ph.D., PE, BCEE NAE, Donovan Maddox Distinguished Engineering Chair, Texas Tech University
  • Chunmiao Zheng, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Water Resources and Director of the Center for Water Research, Peking University. President, International Commission on Groundwater; International Association of Hydrological Sciences


Additional Workshop Participants 

  • Shuying Leng, Ph.D., Program Manager, Chinese National Science Foundation*
  • Dr. Guanghe Li, Professor, Environmental Engineering, Tsinghua University*
  • Erda Lin, Ph.D., Professor, Chief Scientist & Former-Director General Agro-Environment and Sustainable Development Institute 
Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS)*
  • Xiaoliang Meng, Ph.D., Professor, International School of Software, Wuhan University
  • Devinder Mahajan, Ph.D., SBU/BNL Joint Appointment, Professor and Co-Director, Chemical & Molecular Engineering, Stony Brook University, SUNY 
  • Sarah Meyland, JD, Associate Professor, Environmental Technology Dept., School of Engineering & Computing Sciences, New York Institute of Technology
  • Marta Panero, Ph.D., Director of Strategic Partnerships, Adjunct Professor, School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, New York Institute of Technology
  • Ms. Xiaojun Shi, Director of Drinking Water, Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection* 
  • Darlene Schuster, Executive Director of the Institute for Sustainability, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
  • Bob Tansey, The Nature Conservancy Asia-Pacific Region
  • Dr. Dongguang Wen, Director of Hydrogeology and Environmental Geology, China Geological Survey*
  • Prof. Xinghui Xia, Ph.D., Professor, State Key Laboratory, Water Environmental Simulation, School of Environment, Beijing Normal University, China*   
  • Denghua Yan, Ph.D., Professor, Senior Engineer, China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower (IWHR), China* 
  • Mona Yew, Deputy Director of Natural Resources Defense Council, China; Pacific, Gas and Electric 
  • Yan Zheng, Ph.D., Professor, Groundwater Contamination, City University of NY and Columbia University*
  • Yi Zheng, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Urban Water Quality, Peking University*
  • Liping Zhou, Ph.D., Professor Sustainable Development, Peking University*
* to be confirmed by our partners

 

WORKSHOP AGENDA

8:30 - 8:45 a.m. Goals for the Workshop: Drs. Nada Anid and Chunmiao Zheng
8:45 - 9:45 a.m. Session 1 Presentations: Groundwater quality modeling for mega-cities and rural areas
10:45 - 10:30 a.m. Session 1 Round-table Discussion
10:30 - 10:45 a.m. BREAK
10:45 - 11:45 a.m.

Session 2 Presentations: Water scarcity and hydrologic challenges

11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Session 2 Round-table Discussion
12:30 - 1:15 p.m. LUNCH
1:15 - 1:45 p.m. Session 3 Presentations: Research advances in water management for hydraulic fracturing in oil and gas production
1:45 - 2:30 p.m. Session 3 Round-table Discussion
2:30 - 2:45 p.m. BREAK
2:45 - 3:45 p.m. Session 4 Presentations: Information systems for real-time water quality monitoring and analysis
3:45 - 4:30 p.m. Session 4 Round-table Discussion
4:30 - 4:45 p.m. BREAK
4:45 - 5:45 p.m. Closing Session (5): Explore future research directions
5:45 p.m. MEETING ADJOURNED