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Speaker Profiles 2014: The Water-Energy Nexus

Edward Guiliano, Ph.D.
New York Institute of Technology

Edward Guiliano has led New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) to worldwide prestige, particularly in the fields of architecture, medicine, communications, engineering, business, and educational technology.

An eloquent spokesman and advocate for the environment and sustainability, global higher education, and educational technology, Dr. Guiliano is a frequent keynote speaker at conferences around the globe. Since he became the university’s president in 2000, NYIT has significantly increased the size and quality of its diverse student body of 13,000 students from nearly 50 U.S. states and 100 nations this year; added more than 400 distinguished faculty members; and opened campuses and sites in North America, the Middle East, Asia, and online to complement NYIT’s hub campuses in Manhattan and Long Island, New York.

During this time, NYIT has undergone a major renovation of campus facilities while branding itself to raise its national and international profile. The administration also created a 2030 strategic plan to position NYIT as a model for a 21st-century global university. NYIT has been consistently ranked as one of America’s best colleges by leading publications. 

In March 2012, in recognition of Dr. Guiliano’s commitment, scholarship, philanthropy, and transformational long-standing leadership, NYIT named its flagship Manhattan campus building on Broadway the Edward Guiliano Global Center. 

Dr. Guiliano holds a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and a doctorate from Stony Brook University. He has been awarded two honorary degrees and received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor for his personal  accomplishments, social compassion, and outstanding contributions to American society. He is married to best-selling author Mireille Guiliano.




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

Dr. Anid earned her Ph.D. in environmental engineering from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemical engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH-Stockholm). She is among the first engineers to study the role of vitamin B12 and other organometallic coenzymes in the dechlorination of important toxic molecules such as carbon tetrachloride and polychlorinated biphenyls. Prior to joining NYIT, she was chair and graduate program director of the Chemical Engineering Department at Manhattan College.

She has been named one of the top 50 most influential women in business in recognition of her business acumen, mentoring, and community involvement by Long Island Business News and as a third-time honoree, was recently inducted into the LIBN Hall of Fame. Dr. Anid also received the 2010 Long Island Software and Technology Network (LISTnet) Diamond Award in recognition of her significant contributions toward the advancement of women in technology on Long Island as well as for her professional achievements in the technology field.

Nada Marie Anid, Ph.D., is the first female dean of NYIT's School of Engineering and Computing Sciences (SoECS). In this role, she oversees 77 engineering and computing sciences faculty members and approximately 1,700 graduate and undergraduate students at campuses located in Manhattan and Old Westbury, N.Y., the Middle East, and China.




Paul Anid, Ph.D.
Vice President
Water Quality Management Services, HDR Inc.

In the past 28 years, Paul Anid has managed both U.S-based and World Bank-funded projects in environmental engineering and management, including modeling the fate and transport of point and non-point source pollutants in natural water systems, the assessment of water quality criteria, the application of conventional and emerging approaches for assessing contaminated sediments, and the development of “expert systems” and environmental decision support models. His work extended from the New York-New Jersey area to Africa (Lake Victoria), South America, Central America, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe.

More recently, Dr. Anid has pioneered the development and implementation of near-shore and offshore forecasting systems linked to marine real-time environmental monitoring data acquisition buoys in the waters of the Arabian Gulf serving the public, local governments, developers, the gas and oil industry, and utilities. Dr. Anid is a recipient of a Fulbright award and holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in agriculture and environmental engineering from McGill University, Canada, Institute Pasteur, Paris, and from FSA of Gembloux in Belgium.




Xiaohui Cui, Ph.D.
Dean and Professor
International School of Software, Wuhan University

Xiaohui Cui serves as the dean of the International School of Software at Wuhan University (WhU). He is also assistant professor of computer sciences at NYIT’s School of Engineering and Computer Sciences. Dr. Cui has been a staff scientist of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) of the U.S. Department of Energy. His research interests include swarm intelligence, GPU computing, agent-based modeling and simulation, cybersecurity, GIS and transportation, emergent behavior, complex systems, high-performance computing, social computing, and information retrieval, with applications to energy and infrastructure systems.

His research programs have been supported by the U.S. Office of Navy Research, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, and Department of Energy as well as Lockheed Martin Company. Dr. Cui’s work and research have been featured by MSNBC, New Scientist, and others. In 2008 and 2009, he received the U.S. Department of Energy Outstanding Mentor Award and the Significant Event Award, respectively.



Darren L. Ficklin, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Geography, Indiana University

Darren L. Ficklin's research is focused on the integrated modeling of climate variability and change, the hydrological cycle in agricultural and mountainous settings, water resources systems, and aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. He has conducted this work in the United States, China, and Malaysia. In his current research, he assesses the effects of climate change on water quantity and quality (stream temperature, dissolved oxygen, and sediment concentration) in the mountainous western United States using hydrologic and water quality models driven by climate change projections. The goal of his current work is to provide results to water resource managers, watershed planners, and ecologists so that they can make informed, sustainable management decisions.

Dr. Ficklin has an extensive publication record in peer-reviewed journals as well as book chapters, including “Isotopes in ‘Environmental Geology,’ ” Esling, S. (Eds.), McGraw Hill, Chicago (2006) and “Meteorite Impacts in ‘Environmental Geology,” Esling, S. (Eds.), McGraw Hill, Chicago (2006). He received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Davis in hydrologic sciences and his M.S. in geological sciences from Southern Illinois University. At Indiana University, he lectures on Water Resources, Geographical Information Systems and Environmental Sciences, as well as Environmental Change: Nature & Impact.



John S. Gierke, Ph.D.
Professor of Geological & Environmental Engineering
Department of Geological Engineering and Sciences, Michigan Technological University

John S. Gierke’s research focuses on: field performance of air sparging for removing volatile organic chemicals from groundwater; volatile organic vapor transport in unsaturated soils, and sulfur dioxide interactions with volcanic ash, and he teaches on hydrogeology, ground water engineering, contaminant transport, and subsurface remediation. His research projects have been funded by the National Science Foundation, DoD/EPA/DOE Strategic Environmental Research & Development Program, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, among others.

His professional honors and awards include: John I. Davidson President’s Award for Practical Papers in PE&RS, President’s Council of State Universities of Michigan; Distinguished Professor of the Year, MTU, Graduate Faculty Mentoring Award, AGU Editor’s Citation for Excellence for Refereeing in Water Resources Research, DOE Environmental Restoration & Waste Management Distinguished Junior Faculty Award. Dr. Gierke earned his Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Michigan Technological University in 1990, and MS. and B.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from MTU, Houghton.


Richard Hooper, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Sciences, Inc. (CUAHSI)

Richard Hooper leads CUAHSI, a non-profit research organization representing more than 130 U.S. universities and international water science-related organizations. CUAHSI receives support from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop infrastructure and services for the advancement of water science in the United States. Through its projects and services, CUAHSI enables the university’s water science community to advance understanding of the central role of water to life, Earth, and society. CUAHSI focuses on water from bedrock to atmosphere, from summit to sea and from the geologic past, through the present and into the future. Dr. Hooper holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in environmental engineering (Cornell University, 1986 and 1984 respectively), and an A.B. in Applied Mathematics from Harvard College (1979).



Shieh-Tsing Hsieh, Ph.D.
Research Professor and Founding Director
U.S.-China Energy and Environmental Technology Center, Payson Center, Tulane University

S. T. Hsieh is the founding Director of the U.S./China Energy and Environmental Technology Center (EETC) at the Payson Center, and the Pacific Rim Center at Tulane University. Through the EETC, officially established in 1997, Dr. Hsieh facilitates a forum of information exchanges on energy and environmental technologies between governments, international organizations and the community enabling identification and propagation of opportunities for US-Chinese business ventures.

Dr. Hsieh oversees the day-to-day operations in the New Orleans, Beijing, and Shanghai offices including project development, U.S./China joint studies on environment and energy issues, and pilot projects to produce near and midterm emissions reductions in China through joint U.S./Chinese efforts are the key focus. Furthermore, he has 30 years of experience as an educator in the U.S., and is currently a full professor of Electrical engineering and a research professor at the Payson Center at Tulane University.



Tissa Illangasekare
AMAX Distinguished Chair and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Colorado School of Mines

Tissa Illangasekare is the AMAX Distinguished Chair and professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines and the director of the Center for Experimental Study of Subsurface Environmental Processes (CESEP). He served a faculty member at Colorado State University (CSU), Louisiana State University, and the University of Colorado-Boulder and in 2007, served as Hydrologic Sciences Program Director at the United States National Science Foundation. He received his Ph.D. in civil engineering, specializing in subsurface modeling from CSU and an honorary doctorate from the Uppsala University, Sweden. He is a fellow of American Geophysical Union (AGU), fellow of American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS), and fellow of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

He is a registered professional engineer and a professional hydrologist, board-certified environmental engineer by American Academy of Environmental Engineers, and diplomat of American Academy of Water Resources Engineers and recipient of 2012 Darcy Medal from European Geosciences Union (EGU) for outstanding scientific contributions in water resources research and engineering. He was a Shimuzu Visiting Fellow in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University in 2012. He is the past editor of Water Resources Research, past editor of Earth Science Review, and past co-editor of Vadose Zone Journal. He also holds a visiting chair professorship at the Water Center at Peking University and a Foreign Expert fellowship from the government of China.



Fang Li, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
School of Engineering & Computing Sciences, NYIT

Fan Fang Li’s research interests ranges from biosensors, micro/nano fabrications, acoustic wave sensors, to piezoelectric transducers, and non-destructive evaluations. Her recent work centers on acoustic wave biosensors, lab-on-a-chip devices, and piezoelectric thin film devices. She has published over 10 referred journal papers and more than 20 papers in referred conference proceedings.

Prior joining New York Institute of Technology in 2012, Dr. Li was a research engineer at Intelligent Automation, Inc. in Maryland. Dr. Li is a member of IEEE, IEEE UFFC, and ASME.

Dr. Li holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in mechanical engineering and material sciences from the University of Pittsburg (2008), as well as M.S. and B.S. degrees in precision instruments from Tsinghua University in Beijing



Jie Liu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Associate Director
Center for Water Research, Peking University

Jie Liu received her Ph.D. in hydrogeology from the University of Alabama, U.S. in 2007. She was a postdoctoral fellow at Peking University from 2007 to 2009. Since 2009, she has been an associate professor in the Center for Water Research, Peking University. She has also been chairing the Water Ethics working group of UNESCO since 2008. Dr. Liu’s major study areas include groundwater flow and transport modeling, basin-scale groundwater management, and surface water-groundwater interactions.

She has been the principal investigator of several research projects funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China and the Ministry of Education of China, and a key participant in research projects supported by UNESCO, Ministry of Science and Technology, China Geological Survey, Ministry of Environmental Protection, and other funding agencies.




Junguo Liu, Ph.D.
Professor of Hydrology and Water Resources
Beijing Forestry University

In addition to his position at Beijing Forestry University, Liu Junguo is a visiting scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria, and an editor of the international journal Hydrology and Earth System Sciences (HESS). His main research interests include hydrology and water resources, ecosystem service and management, wetland research, water-food relations, and the impacts of climate change on ecosystem systems. He is author of more than 20 peer-reviewed papers with a few published in the world's leading journals. He has been involved as a consultant for many international and governmental organizations and NGOs, including UNEP, WWF, IUCN, and Thirst.

He is a recipient of a string of prizes including the Outstanding Young Scientists Awards of European Geosciences Union and the 2011 ProSPER.Net-Scopus Young Scientist Award in Sustainable Development.




Jian Jian Lu, Ph.D.
Lifetime Professor of Ecology
East China Normal University

Jianjian Lu is a professor of ecology, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China, where he is also director of the Chongxi Wetland Research Center; lifetime professor in ecology and environmental sciences; chief scientist in Sino-U.S. EcoPartnership for wetland research; and director of the Sustainable Development Research Center of the Yangtze River Basin, China Development Research Academy. He received his M.S. in ecology in 1981 at East China Normal University, his Ph.D. in ecology in 1985 at Washington State University, U.S.A.

Dr. Lu’s research interest ranges from the study of ecological problems on basins and estuaries of big rivers; restoration and protection of wetlands, to understanding the root sources and impacts of water scarcity on estuaries and big rivers, as well as research, monitoring, reporting and verification of large CO2 sinks base in wetlands. His main research interests are in wetland ecology, ecological restoration, and systems ecology.

Since 2008, Dr. Jian Jian Lu and Dr. S. T Hsieh from Tulane University have led the U.S.-China EcoPartnership on wetlands, which focuses on academic research of wetlands in the USA and China stressing basic sciences, foreign species, preservation and restoration of wetlands.




Devinder Mahajan, Ph.D.
Joint Scientific Staff Appointment, Sustainable Energy Technologies Department
Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) and Stony Brook University (SBU)

Devinder Mahajan holds a joint appointment between Stony Brook University and Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) and serves as site director, NSF Center for BioEnergy Research & Development (CBERD). He also serves as an Energy Transformation Deputate for the Bureau of Energy Resources.

He received his Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia, Canada. His research interests focus on energy issues. He is associate editor of the Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy (JRSE) and serves on the editorial Board of International Journal of Oil, Gas and Coal Technology and The Open Petroleum Journal. He is the author of over 200 publications including book chapters, patents, and extended abstracts and he has presented over 70 invited lectures on clean energy topics, nationally and internationally. He delivered the 1997 NEDO Annual Lecture on “Catalysis and Environment” under the AIST, Japan, fellowship.




Alan Mickelson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering; Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering
University of Colorado at Boulder

As director of the Guided Wave Optics Lab (GWOL), Alan Mickelson leads multiple research programs on materials, devices, and systems in guided wave communication. Recent research, including EMTNANO, has focused on silicon photonics for on-chip communication and data center networking. The research encompasses the different layers of design, including the materials (like electroi-optic polymers), devices (like silicon photonic WDM micro-rings), and systems (like rack-to-rack communication in data centers).

Dr. Mickelson has an active international outreach effort that includes WiLDNet telecommunications in the Amazon rain forest and green energy in Haiti. He has published more than 150 papers in the archival literature (76 journal articles and 78 reviewed conference proceeding) along with more than 78 papers in un-reviewed conferences and symposia.

Dr. Mickelson obtained a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from University of Texas El Paso in 1973, and a master of science in electrical engineering and doctorate in electrical engineering with a subject minor in physics from the California Institute of Technology in 1974 and 1978, respectively.




Danny D. Reible, Ph.D. PE BCEE NAE
Center for Research in Water Resources, University of Texas

Danny D. Reible is the Bettie Margaret Smith Chair of Environmental Health Engineering at the University of Texas and coordinator of Environmental and Water Resources in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering. In 2004, he joined the University of Texas after 23 years in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Louisiana State University (LSU).

He holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from Lamar University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from California Institute of Technology. Dr. Reible’s research career has been focused on understanding the fate and transport of contaminants in the environment, evaluating the risks posed by these contaminants, and devising effective measures for risk mitigation. He has been active in technical and policy issues associated with the assessment and in-situ remediation of contaminated sites. He has coauthored four National Research Council committee reports on risk assessment and remediation of contaminated sites, is the author of the textbooks “Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering” and “Diffusion Models of Environmental Transport”, and has authored more than 100 refereed technical papers. Dr. Reible currently serves on the National Research Council Board of Environmental Studies and Toxicology. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of the Air and Waste Management Association, the Journal of Environmental Forensics, and the Journal of Environmental Engineering.




Robert J. Tansey, Ph.D.
Senior Advisor, External Affairs and Policy, Northeast Asia & Greater China, Asia Pacific Region
The Nature Conservancy

Since 2012, Robert J. Tansey has expanded the public sector funding base at The Nature Conservancy by working with the U.S., Australia and Germany, as well as the UNEP Energy Branch, toward shared objectives for working with China on sustainability issues, and has advanced cooperation with Chinese government partners in urban planning and freshwater conservation.

He leverages his vast diplomatic expertise and successes in the Americas, China, Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa, as well as an early career in the energy field and management experience to promote sustainability solutions and international collaborations for a better shared future. In recent years, he has forged a partnership between The Nature Conservancy and The Paulson Institute's Sustainable Cities Initiative; obtained funding for new TNC China "sustainable intensification" effort in the agriculture sector and kicked off scoping efforts in agriculture and marine/sustainable fisheries and water conservation.

Tansey obtained a dual M.P.A., economics and government management (1981), as well as B.A. (1973) from George Washington University.




Mona Yew
Deputy Director
NRDC China Program

Mona Yew is the Director of China Demand Side Management and Energy Efficiency Project at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and also serves as Alliance Advisor to the China-U.S. Energy Efficiency Alliance. She leads NRDC’s China efforts in helping central and provincial government partners scale up “efficiency power plant” development and implementation in China. She also coordinates the U.S.-China EcoPartnership project between NRDC and Beijing Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection Center (BEEC) to work together to develop and implement a plan to improve efficiency and reduce electric demand in Beijing buildings and factories.





Xing-Zhong Zhao, Ph.D.
Professor of Physics
Wuhan University

Xing-Zhong Zhao directs the Laboratory of Smart Materials & Devices at Wuhan University. Current research interests are mainly about dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs), microfluidic systems and nanostructure Devices and pizeoelectric materials. He is the author of more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and inventor of more than 10 patents.

He received B.S. degree from Wuhan University in 1982, M.S. degree from Wuhan University supervised by Prof. Ren-Hui Wang in 1985, doctorate degree from Beijing University of Science and Technology under Prof. Jun Ke’s direction in 1989. As a post-doctorate researcher at the Materials Research Institute of Pennsylvania State University, he was supervised by National Academy of Engineering members Prof. Rustum Roy and Prof. L.E. Cross.

Dr. Zhao has been awarded a Special Grant for Expedite Research (SGER) by the United States National Science Foundation due to his excellent work on hydrothermal synthesis methods.



Chunmiao Zheng, Ph.D.
Chair, Professor, and Director
Center for Water Research, Peking University

Chunmiao Zheng received a Ph.D. in hydrogeology with a minor in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He currently holds the position of chair, professor, and director of the Center for Water Research at Peking University. He has also been the George Lindahl III Endowed Professor at the University of Alabama. The primary areas of his academic research are hydrologic modeling, water management, and eco-hydrological processes. Zheng is developer of the MT3DMS contaminant transport model used in over 100 countries, and author or co-author of over 150 papers and five books, including Applied Contaminant Transport Modeling published by Wiley in 1995 and 2002 and translated into Chinese in 2009. Zheng is recipient of the 1998 John Hem Excellence in Science and Engineering Award from the National Ground Water Association (USA) and a fellow of the Geological Society of America. In 2009, he received the Birdsall-Dreiss Distinguished Lecturer award from the Geological Society of America that took him to 70 universities and research institutions worldwide.

Dr. Zheng has served as associate editor for leading water resources journals, including Water Resources Research, Ground Water, Journal of Hydrology, and Hydrogeology Journal. Currently, Dr. Zheng is a member of the Standing Committee on Hydrologic Science of the U.S. National Research Council and former president of the International Commission on Groundwater of the International Association of Hydrologic Sciences. For his outstanding contributions to the fields of hydrogeology and groundwater science, he was awarded the O.E. Meinzer award by the Geological Society of America and the M. King Hubbert award by the National Ground Water Association, both in 2013.




Dongxiao Zhang Ph.D.
Dean, College of Engineering
Peking University

Professor Zhang is a Fellow of Geological Society of America. He had held positions as Chair Professor at the University of Southern California, Miller Chair Professor at the Department of Petroleum and Geological Engineering at the University of Oklahoma, and Senior Scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He has authored 2 books and published over 110 peer-reviewed papers. He earned both his Master’s degree and Ph.D. in hydrology and water resources in 1992 and 1993, respectively, from the University of Arizona. Professor Zhang is an internationally well known expert in groundwater hydrology, unconventional oil and gas production, and geological carbon sequestration, whose research achievements in stochastic modeling, numerical simulation, and inverse modeling are widely adopted by his peers.

Professor Zhang has been an associate editor for the following leading international journals: Water Resource Research, Advances in Water Resources, SIAM Multiscale Modeling and Simulation, Journal of Computational Geosciences, Vadose Zone Journal, and SPE Journal. He has served as a panelist on the RCUK Review of Energy, UK Research Councils and a member of US National Research Council’s Committee on New Research Opportunities in the Earth Sciences.



Other Participants

Erda Lin, Ph.D.
Professor, Chief Scientist and Former-Director General, Agro-Environment and Sustainable Development Institute
Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS)

Lin Erda is a member of the standing committee of 11th National Committee of Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, and a member of its Sub-Committee for Population, Resources and Environment; a member of the National Expert Committee for Climate Change. Lin has served as deputy director and director-general of the Institute for 15 years. He is also a member of the standing committee of the China Economic and Social Council, a Member of the executive board of All-China Environment Federation.

Lin holds degrees in applied meteorology. His current research focus is on climate change impacts, vulnerability, and GHG emission mitigation, especially for agriculture. He is a lead author of national reports on climate change impact and adaptation, IPCC 1-5 assessment reports, national policy reports; eight scientific books; and 82 journal publications.




Xiaoliang Meng, Ph.D.
Director of the Joint International Center for Resources, Environment Management and Digital Technology
International School of Software, Wuhan University

Xiaoliang Meng received his Ph.D. in photogrammetry and remote sensing from Wuhan University. From 2008 to 2009, he was a visiting scholar at the Institute for Geospatial Research and Education (IGRE), Eastern Michigan University. From 2010 to the present, he is doing his post-doctoral research on a NASA-funded Investigating Climate Change and Remote Sensing (ICCaRS) project, also in the IGRE. He is the director of the Joint International Center for Resources, Environment Management and Digital Technology (JIC-REDT) at the International School of Software of Wuhan University.

His main research interests include spatial statistics, distributed, web-based geo-information services and applications, especially in the environmental management area. He won the Best Papers by Young Authors award conferred by the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing in 2012.




Marta A. Panero, Ph.D.
Director of Strategic Partnerships and Adjunct Professor
School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, NYIT

Marta A. Panero works with the dean of NYIT’s School of Engineering and Computing Sciences to coordinate its Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovation Center and to develop and fund multidisciplinary initiatives. Dr. Panero has strong experience in coordinating multi-disciplinary teams to conduct research and events in sustainable practices and technologies. Currently, she coordinates two international efforts, including the Pathways for Cleaner Production in the Americas, a multi-national educational effort led by the Illinois Institute of Technology and NYIT and seven universities in Latin America. This initiative incorporates business, engineering, and environmental education to provide technically innovative skills training to support the workforce that will implement cleaner production practices in Latin America.

She also coordinates at NYIT, the U.S.-China EcoPartnership collaboration “EcoPartnership on Groundwater Monitoring, Protection, and Training, started in 2013 to promote safe drinking water through groundwater protection, supply and conservation, sound water quality management, and pollution prevention and control. The team has established common research agenda and aims to develop effective models for the protection, detection, and monitoring of groundwater resources.




Darlene Schuster, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Institute for Sustainability (AIChE)

Darlene Schuster serves as the Executive Director of the Institute for Sustainability at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers’ Technological Community, where she oversees the industry, membership and youth-focused entities formed to advance the science and state of sustainability and the creation of the AIChE Sustainability Index (sm), a benchmark for industry. She also staffs the new AIChE Center for Energy Initiatives.

AIChE and its International Society for Water Solutions address technical research and development and technology transfer issues on global water use and reuse. The associated cutting-edge workshops, conferences, and roundtable work to further R&D and sustain manufacturing of products and processes with an eye toward economic viability, minimal environmental impact, and consideration of societal needs.




Denghua Yan, Ph.D.
Professor and Senior Engineer
China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower (IWHR)

Denghua YAN obtained his doctorate from IWHR (China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research). Currently, he is the section leader of the Climate Change and Water Resources Section of the Water Resources Department of IWHR, and the director of the Innovation Method Society and China Society of Natural Resources. He is a visiting researcher at the Research Center for Climate Change of the Ministry of Water Resources. He is a visiting professor at Colorado State University (CSU). In 2010, he was one of the authors of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) AW5. In 2011, he was appointed as the expert for the supervision and evaluation of water body pollution control and treatment in China for the year 2011 by the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) and the State Development and Reform Commission (SDRC).

Dr. Yan has been engaged in research on simulation and regulation of eco-hydrology, integrated water resources management (IWRM), integrated management of water environment, and 3S (RS, GPS and GIS) for many years. As the work team leader and member of the expert team, he participated in and completed National Basic Research Programs of China (973 Programs), National Key/Supporting Scientific and Technological Programs, NSFC Programs, and 70 larger projects. He hosts the State Key Development Program for Basic Research of China, the National Twelve Five-Year-Period Key Scientific and Technological Project, and the Innovation Method for Basic Research Project funded by China Ministry of Science and Technology.




Yi Zheng, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Associate Director
Center for Water Research, Peking University

Yi Zheng received his Ph.D. in environmental science and management from University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Zheng joined the College of Engineering at Peking University in July 2007. He is currently the Associate Director of the Department of Energy and Resources Engineering, and the Associate Director of the Center for Water Research. His major research areas include water resources and water quality modeling at a watershed scale, and management and policy of energy, resources and environment. Dr. Zheng has gained extensive experience in watershed research.

He conducted studies in several California watersheds, as well as many watersheds in China, such as Chaohu, Huaihe, Xiangjiang, Luanhe and Heihe watersheds. He has achieved significant progress in fields including uncertainty analysis for complex environmental models, and nonpoint source pollution modeling. His study results have been published on well recognized academic journals such as Water Resources Research and Environmental Pollution. Dr. Zheng is also an expert on issues like water quality management and circular economy. He has been providing policy suggestions to the central and local governments in China.




Sarah Meyland, JD
Associate Professor, Environmental Technology
New York Institute of Technology

Sarah J. Meyland is a water specialist with a background in groundwater protection, water resources management, and environmental law. Presently,Meyland teaches in the Masters of Science Program at New York Institute of Technology. Additionally, she serves as the Director for the NYIT Center for Water Resources Management and has a dual appointment with the Center for Global Health.

Meyland has worked in New York State government as co-executive director of the New York State Legislative Commission on Water Resource Needs of Long Island, as the Watershed director for the Suffolk County Water Authority and as program coordinator for the Nassau County Planning Federation.

Meyland serves on a variety of advisory committees and is the author of numerous publications and articles on water-related topics. She has developed a number of environmental laws in New York State and at the federal level.

Meyland has a law degree from St. John's University School of Law; an M.S. in water resources management from Texas A&M University; a B.S. in geological oceanography, a B.A. in marine biology from Humboldt State University; and a B.A. in English from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.




Xinghui Xia, Ph.D.
State Key Laboratory, Water Environmental Simulation/School of Environment, Beijing Normal University

Professor Xia’s research fields include water environment/water resources, surface water quality evolution related to global environmental change, and aquatic environmental chemistry. She is the executive director of the Water Society for Environmental of China and an editorial board member of multiple international journals.

More than 120 of her peer-reviewed research papers have been published. She has been the recipient of many awards for excellence including the honor of Young Scientist by Chinese Society of Environmental Science, the Scientific Progress Award (Second Class Award) by the State Council of the People's Republic of China, the Scientific Progress Award (First Class Award) by the Ministry of Education of China, and Beijing Science and Technology Award (First Class Award) by the People’s Government of Beijing Municipality.




Ziqian (Cecilia) Dong, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
New York Institute of Technology

Ziqian (Cecilia) Dong is the principal investigator of the NYIT REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) program. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at New York Institute of Technology. She received her B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Beijing, China in 1999. She received her M.S. in Electrical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ in 2002 and her Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology in January 2008.

She was awarded the Hashimoto Prize for the best Ph.D. dissertation in Electrical Engineering. She is the recipient of 2006 and 2007 Hashimoto Fellowship for outstanding scholarship and recipient of the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame Graduate Student Award for her inventions in network switches. Her research interests include architecture design and analysis of practical buffered crossbar packet switches, network security and forensics, wireless sensor networks, social networks and assistive medical devices.

She was associated with Networking Research Laboratory at New Jersey Institute of Technology and MySYNC Laboratory at Stevens Institute of Technology for her postdoctoral research. Her research has been funded by the NSF, DoD, Motorola and NYIT. She has served as a technical committee member in IEEE HPSR, IEEE Sarnoff, IEEE Greencom and ChinaCom. She is a member of IEEE Communications Society, IEEE Women in Engineering and American Society for Engineering Education.