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Oct 02 2012

NYIT Organizes Water Conference in China

Old Westbury, N.Y. (Oct. 2, 2012) - New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) is joining forces with the Center For Water Research at Peking University to co-organize a conference addressing “Water Management and Global Challenges” in Beijing on Oct. 16. Co-sponsored by the Environment & Public Health Network for Chinese Students and Scholars, the School for International Software at Wuhan University, the World Environment Center, the Jordan University of Science and Technology, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs’ “Water for Life” Decade, HDR, and Coca-Cola, the conference is gathering distinguished experts to discuss the global challenges of water management. Speakers include government officials, academics, and members of leading global and water technology companies, among others.

The conference will focus on “Advances in Technology, Innovation, Health, and Policy.” A detailed agenda and list of speakers is available at

With its hub in New York and campuses around the world, including China, NYIT has pledged as its core mission to promote technology as a tool to address pressing global issues, and to work toward finding sustainable solutions in areas such as water and energy.

Keynote addresses will feature presentations by UN and Chinese government officials including:

•   Honorable Ning LIU, Vice Minister of Water Resources, Ministry of Water Resources of the People's Republic of China
•   Kenza KAOUAKIB-ROBINSON, Secretary of UN-Water, Senior Sustainable Development Officer, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs
•   Xikun YUAN, Distinguished Chinese Artist (UNEP Patron for Arts and Environment); Standing Member, Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC); Goodwill Ambassador, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Several other expert speakers will address topic areas such as Global Water Challenge and Solutions, and Industry Innovations and Research Advances in the Water Sector. A distinguished panel will discuss the “Water-Energy Nexus: Breakthroughs and Interventions” and a variety of case studies will be presented throughout the afternoon.  Featured experts include:    
•   Abdallah I. Husein MALKAWI, Ph.D., President and Professor of Geotechnical and Dam Engineering, Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST)
•   Tianzhu ZHANG, Ph.D., Professor and Head of the Institute of Agricultural Planning Sciences, China Agricultural University (CAU)
•   Chunmiao ZHENG, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Water Resources; Director of the Center for Water Research, Peking University
•   Paul ANID, Ph.D., Vice President, Water Quality Management Services, HDR/Hydroqual Co.
•   Erda LIN, Ph.D., Professor, Chief Scientist and Former-Director General, Agro-Environment and Sustainable Development Institute, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS); CPPCC Member
•   Weidong ZHANG, Programme Manager, Energy and Environment Team, United Nations Development Programme, China
•   Jungu LIU, Ph.D., Professor of Hydrology and Water Resources, Beijing Forestry University
•   Jasmine TIAN, Director of Sustainability, Coca-Cola Greater China
•   Xiaolan WANG, Ph.D., Asia Pacific Commercial Director, Dow Water & Process Solutions
•   Xiaoliang MENG, Ph.D., Director, Joint International Center for Resource, Environment Management and Digital Technologies (JIC-REDT), International School of Software, Wuhan University
•   Lingzhen DONG, Ph.D., Director, Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability, Asia Pacific Region, The Dow Chemical Company
•   Sayko LAW; CEO, Weide Biological Engineering Co. Ltd.
•   Xinghui XIA, Ph.D. Professor, School of the Environment, Beijing Normal University
•   Denghua YAN, China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower (IWHR)
•   Flemming F. PEDERSEN, Head of  Water and Environment, ALECTIA Denmark
•   Xin'an YIN, Ph.D., Lecturer, School of Environment, Beijing Normal University

NYIT President Edward Guiliano, Ph.D., will deliver opening remarks at the conference. Faculty members from the NYIT School of Engineering and Computing Sciences also are among the speakers, including Dean Nada Marie Anid, Ph.D.

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