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07-06-2005

Environmental Engineers, Researchers And Educators Will Attend International Conference At Clarkson University

Clarkson University will host the inaugural biennial Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors’ (AEESP) Research and Education Conference July 23 – July 27. The international conference will bring researchers, professors and students representing more than 70 universities and five countries together to explore advances in environmental education and research.

Founded in 1963, AEESP has more than 700 members in universities throughout the world who provide education in the sciences and technologies of environment protection. 

The Association assists its members in improving education and research programs, and provides environmental information to government agencies and the public. The environmental initiatives being undertaken by AEESP and its members include:  water and wastewater treatment, air pollution, water and air resource management, solid waste management, contaminated site investigation and remediation, pollution prevention, risk assessment, public health, sustainability, and engineering and environmental policy. 

The theme of the conference is “Pushing the Boundaries: Making Research and Education in Environmental Engineering and Science Count.” Participants will explore ways that AEESP members are expanding their boundaries through interdisciplinary and/or multimedia activities, or by expanding the audiences for their research and education endeavors. 

“The overall goal of this conference will be to increase each participant’s awareness of the wide range of opportunities for environmental engineering and science professors,” says Clarkson Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Amy Zander. Zander and Susan Powers, professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Clarkson, are co-chairing the conference. 

Information sessions will evolve around three specific themes that address the conference goal:    multimedia approaches for understanding environmental impacts and solutions, interdisciplinary research and education activities, and outreach activities to increase knowledge about and reputation of environmental engineering and science. Included among the six workshops, 80 oral presentations, and 50 posters will be discussions of environmental sustainability, contaminant fate and transport in the environment, new innovations in engineering and education, K-12 educational outreach, and environmental engineering in developing countries.

Among the noted speakers at the conference are:

Keri Hornbuckle, Ph.D., associate professor of Environmental Engineering at the University of Iowa.  Dr. Hornbuckle has served as the president of the International Association for Great Lakes Research (2004-2005). She is also a member of the Science Advisory Board of the International Joint Commission.

Richard G. Luthy, Ph.D., P.E., D.E.E., the Silas H. Palmer Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University.  Dr. Luthy is the chair of the National Research Council’s (NRC) Water Science and Technology Board and has served on several NRC committees on hazardous materials. His area of teaching and research is physicochemical processes and water quality. Dr. Luthy is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He has also served on the Engineering Advisory Council for Civil and Environmental Engineering at Clarkson University and will receive an honorary Ph.D. from the University at the conference for his contributions to the Environmental Engineering field.

Perry L. McCarty, Ph.D., the Silas H. Palmer Professor Emeritus of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University. Dr. McCarty is a member of both the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  He has authored over 300 publications and co-authored two environmental engineering textbooks.

Charles R. O’Melia, Ph.D., Abel Wolman Professor of Environmental Engineering and chair of the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering at The Johns Hopkins University. Dr. O’Melia is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and has received numerous awards for his research in the area of water and wastewater treatment, aquatic colloid chemistry, and modeling of natural surface and subsurface waters. Clarkson will bestow an honorary Ph.D. upon Dr. O’Melia at the AEESP conference for his contributions to the field of Environmental Engineering.

Mary T. Smith, Ph.D., the Office of Water, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Dr. Smith is responsible for the effluents guidelines program which sets national standards for wastewater discharges to surface waters and publicly owned treatment works. With EPA since 1979, Dr. Smith has also been director of the EPA’s indoor air program and director of EPA’s fuel’s program and was responsible for the implementation of several of the nation’s clean fuels rules.

P. Aarne Vesilind, Ph.D., professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Bucknell University.  Dr. Vesilind is a past Fulbright Fellow, National Science Foundation Fellow, and American Society of Civil Engineers Fellow. He serves on many technical and professional editorial boards and has written numerous books on environmental engineering, solid waste management, education and environmental ethics.

Members of AEESP frequently testify before the U.S. Congress concerning legislation affecting federal budgets for environmental research and education. AEESP influences decisions on research directions and funding made available by the U.S. Environmental Agency, the National Science Foundation (NSF), and other federal agencies. A $25,000 grant received from NSF is being used to support reduced registration fees for students, provide transportation and housing for invited speakers, and aid in general support of the conference. 

Clarkson University, located in Potsdam, New York, is an independent university with a reputation for developing innovative leaders in engineering, business and the arts and sciences. Its academically rigorous, collaborative culture involves 2,700 undergraduates and 400 graduate students in hands-on team projects, multidisciplinary research, and real-world challenges. Many faculty members achieve international recognition for their scholarship and research, and teaching is a priority at every level.  For more information, visit http://www.clarkson.edu.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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