A diverse selection of distinguished water sector speakers will take the podium at the annual Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC®). Those planning to attend WEFTEC 2016, Sept. 24–28 at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center, can hear presentations by many leaders including James R. Mihelcic from the University of South Florida (Tampa), Sudhir Murthy from DC Water (Washington, D.C.), Bruce Rittmann from Arizona State University (Tempe), Adel Hagekhalil from the City of Los Angeles’ Bureau of Sanitation, and Kristen McEntyre from Spectrum Interactive (New Orleans).
Sept. 26, 7:15 a.m.–8:30 a.m.
The annual breakfast, hosted by WEF, American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AAEES; Annapolis, Md.), and Asociación Interamericana de Ingeniería Sanitaria y Ambiental (AIDIS; São Paulo, Brazil) celebrates environmental scientists and engineers working to protect the integrity of our global water supplies.
James Mihelcic, professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of South Florida, will deliver a keynote address documenting his experiences of the unique challenges water quality professionals confront in different cultures across the world. He has become familiar with sanitation in the developing world as director of the U.S. Peace Corps Master’s International program.
Sept. 26, 10:30 a.m.–noon
Sudhir Murthy, innovations chief for DC Water, will deliver the 20th annual lecture organized by WEF and the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP; Washington, D.C.).
The lecture, “Maximizing Process Intensification and Minimizing Resource Use,” will focus on the mutualistic relationship between practitioners and academics as they work towards the same goal of improving water quality as efficiently as possible. It will touch on increasing trends towards water reuse and how process intensification can cut costs for utilities, increase water purity, and streamline the treatment procedure.
Immediately after the lecture, Les Grady, professor emeritus at Clemson (S.C.) University, will discuss the academic implications of these trends.
Sept. 26, noon–1:30 p.m.
Bruce Rittmann, director of the Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology at Arizona State University, will lead an interactive discussion on opportunities for resource recovery during the wastewater treatment process at the annual WEFTEC Scientists’ Luncheon. The event, hosted by WEF and the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP; Washington, D.C.), provides those interested in water reuse and resource recovery an opportunity to network with each other and join in a discussion with Rittmann.
Sept. 27, noon–1:30 p.m.
During the 14th annual WEFTEC Collection Systems Luncheon, Adel Hagekhalil, assistant director of the City of Los Angeles’ Bureau of Sanitation, will outline his One Water Integrated Resources Plan for the year 2020. The seasoned veteran of water facility management with more than 25 years of experience in the water sector will discuss how the program promotes synergy between all aspects of the water treatment process through a regional watershed approach.
Sept. 28, 7:30 a.m.–9 a.m.
Current and future female water sector leaders will connect and exchange knowledge during the second Women in Water Breakfast. Kristen McEntyre, CEO of Spectrum Interactive, will discuss strategies for embracing innovation. She will combine interactive games with anecdotes and research while discussing best practices for channeling creativity. McEntyre will explore such topics as putting a strong framework into place, strategies to identify opportunities and approach risk, unexpected rewards, and recognizing when to move on. She will show attendees how innovation strategies implemented by some of today’s most successful companies can be applied to their personal and professional lives.