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Water Technologies: An eye on the 21st Century Technologies & Markets

Monday June 21, 2010, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Anaheim, California


A short course discussion on ‘Smart Water Systems” and other systems in the time of uncertainly in water resources due to the unknown impacts of climate change

Smart Water Systems – Concepts and Designs
Yoram Cohen, Professor, Chemical Engineering Department, University of California, Los Angeles

Advanced oxidation processes with an eye to energy efficiency
William J. Cooper, Professor and Director, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Urban WaterResearchCenter, University of California, Irvine

Membrane processes for the future
Eric M.V Hoek, Associate Professor, University of California, Los Angels

Direct Potable reuse in the future
Mehul Patel, P.E., GWRS Process Manager, Orange County Water District

Capital Funding of innovations
F. Henry Habicht II, Managing Partner, Sail Ventures


W CooperWilliam J. Cooper received hi B. S. in chemistry from Allegheny College in 1969, he went to The Pennsylvania Statue University where he received his M. S. in Fuel Science (Organic Geochemistry) in March 1971 and his Ph. D. at the University of Miami, 1987, in Marine and Atmospheric Chemistry. He was drafted into the US Army in March 1971 and served as an enlisted (until Jan 1972), then and officer and left active service as a Captain (1972 1975). He then became a civilian and ran the water reuse program. In 1980 he moved to Florida international university where he was the Director of the Drinking Water Research Center at Florida International University. In 1997 he moved to the University of North Carolina Wilmington to be the Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. In 2006, he took his present position as Director of University of California, Irvine’s Urban Water Research Center and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. His research interests include carbon cycling in natural waters, free radical chemistry of emerging chemicals of concern and disinfection by-products and the application of advanced oxidation processes for the ship-board control of invasive species. He has published over two hundred papers and chapters in books, and edited 5 books.

Mehul Patel has been with the Orange County Water District (OCWD) for fourteen years. He is currently the GWR System Program Manager for OCWD. Mehul is in charge of overseeing all treatment processes associated with the 70 mgd Groundwater Replenishment System Advanced Water Purification Facility (AWPF). The AWPF is the largest indirect potable reuse plant in the world including the largest reverse osmosis system in the western hemisphere at 70 mgd.

Mehul was formerly in charge of the day-to-day operation of all district applied research treatment processes including microfiltration, reverse osmosis and ultraviolet (UV) systems. He has extensive experience in pilot, demonstration and full-scale operation of microfiltration, ultrafiltration, reverse osmosis technologies, and advanced oxidation systems. He also worked as a process engineer assisting in troubleshooting for operation of OCWD’s renowned Water Factory 21 facility. Mehul’s expertise is in the use advanced technologies for water reclamation and recycling. He has written, presented, and published a number of technical papers relating to the use of membrane and ultraviolet light technologies for wastewater reclamation.

Mehul received his Bachelors of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the California State Polytechnic University Pomona and his and Masters of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the California State University Long Beach. He is a registered professional civil engineer in the state of California. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, American Water Works Association (including a member of its Membrane Process Committee), Water Environment Federation (including a member of its Disinfection Committee), American Membrane Technology Association (including serving currently on its board), WateReuse Association and is past president of the Southwest Membrane Operator Association.

CohenDr. Yoram Cohen received his B.A.Sc., M.A.Sc., in 1975 and 1977, respectively, both in Chemical Engineering, from the University of Toronto, and his Ph.D. from the University of Delaware in 1981. He has been on the Faculty of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) since 1981. Dr. Cohen is an Adjunct Professor at Ben-Gurion University. He was a Visiting Professor at the Technion (1987-1988), at Universitat Rovira i Virgili (1944) and a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Victoria University (2006). He is a founder and Director of the Water Technology Research Center and the Center for Environmental Risk Reduction, and a member of the UCLA/National Science Foundation (NSF) Center for the Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (CEIN). Dr. Cohen is a UCLA Luskin Scholar and a recipient of the 2008 Ann C. Rosenfield Community Partnership Prize in recognition of his environmental research. He received the 2003 Lawrence K. Cecil award in Environmental Chemical Engineering from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), the AIChE Separations Division Outstanding Paper Award (1997 and 2009), and was elected Fellow of the AIChE in 2009. In 2008 he received a County of Los Angeles Commendation (2008), a State of California Senate Certificate of Recognition, and a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition (US) for contributing to legislation to protect public health and dedicated service to the Los Angeles community. Dr. Cohen served as Chair of the AIChE Environmental Division (2002) and of the Separation Division (2008). He published over one hundred and sixty research papers and book chapters in water technology, separations processes, transport phenomena, polymer science, surface nano-structuring and environmental engineering. He is also the Editor of three environmental volumes. Dr. Cohen developed patented technologies in membrane synthesis, reverse osmosis desalination, surface nano-structuring and chemical sensors, and developed models and software for environmental multimedia impact assessment. He has served on numerous Government Advisory Committees (including the USEPA Science Advisory Board) and Boards (e.g., NRC Board on Environmental studies and Toxicology). Dr. Cohen organized over thirty scientific conferences, including the 2008 International Congress on Membranes and membrane processes (ICOM), the 2009 West Coast Water Technology Transfer workshop, and he is the Meeting Program Chair of the 2010 Annual AIChE Meeting.

HabichtF. Henry Habicht II - Hank joined SAIL in January 2006 as a pioneering figure in the areas of environmental business and policy and a leading contributor to environmental innovation. He has been influential in spearheading many of SAIL's portfolio company investments. Hank and Managing Partner Walter Schindler are responsible for co-managing all aspects of SAIL's operations and investments. His career as a leading member of the environmental policy world has included leadership positions at the U.S. Department of Justice as Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Environment and Natural Resources Division, and at the U.S. EPA as COO (Deputy Administrator). During his time with the EPA he oversaw the development of new air and water programs to prevent pollution, including the development of the Energy Star program and implementation of market based trading programs under the 1990 Clean Air Act amendments. In business, Hank served as Senior VP in charge of acquisitions and other divisions of Safety-Kleen, a billion-dollar environmental service company. He has also held positions and started ventures in the for-profit environmental arena, including VP of William D. Ruckelshaus Associates, which co-managed the successful Environmental Venture Fund, one of the first successful green funds in the 1980s. As Co-Founder of Capital E, LLC, a strategic consultancy for emerging renewable energy products and technologies, he advised Fortune 100 and early stage ventures on sustainable growth strategies. He previously served as CEO and is now Vice Chairman of a prestigious non-for-profit corporation that fosters innovation in environmental management and promotes applications of clean technology in emerging markets, called Global Environment & Technology Foundation (GETF.) Hank has held numerous Board seats over the years, currently he sits on the Boards of SAIL companies WaterHealth International, and Xtreme Power, and is a Co-Founder of the American Council of Renewable Energy. He is Commissioner of the National Commission on Energy Policy, has advised several Cabinet Secretaries. He is on the Advisory Board to the National Renewable Energy Lab and the Pacific Northwest National Lab. In 1991 the EPA awarded him with the esteemed Total Quality Leadership Award and in 2009 he received the national Richard Mellon Award for Environmental Stewardship. Hank holds a Bachelors degree with High Honors from Princeton University and a J.D. from the University of Virginia.

HoekDr. Eric M.V. Hoek is an Associate Professor in the Department Civil & Environmental Engineering and Director of the Nanomaterials and Membrane Technology Research (NanoMeTeR) Laboratory at UCLA. Prof. Hoek is also a faculty member of the California NanoSystems Institute, the UC Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology, the UCLA Water Technology Research Center, and the KAUST-Cornell Center for Energy & Sustainability. Dr. Hoek completed his Ph.D. dissertation at Yale University in 2001; his was the first Ph.D. awarded in the field of Environmental Engineering at Yale.

Hoek's research program at UCLA explores the union of nanomaterials and membrane technologies for more efficient production of clean water and energy and for more effective protection of human health and the environment – all keys to a more sustainable future. For many years, his research focused on ways to improve performance, reduce cost, and mitigate environmental impacts associated with membrane-based desalination and water purification processes. In this pursuit, the NanoMeTeR Laboratory at UCLA has developed better diagnostic tools, methods, and models as well as advanced membrane material, module, and process designs. For example, Hoek and his co-workers pioneered the development of thin film nanocomposite membranes, which promise to reduce the cost and energy demand of RO membranes used in seawater desalination and wastewater reclamation. Hoek's nanocomposite membrane research received numerous awards (2007 Global Water Awards, Public Works Magazine Trendsetter), was featured in the New York Times, Forbes, and The Economist for its potential impact on the water industry, and according to Global Water Intelligence is among the “ten most important new technologies, which could change the way the world of water works.” Nanocomposite RO membrane technology is now being developed commercially by NanoH2O Inc.

In 2009, Hoek became co-editor of Desalination, the international journal on the science and technology of desalting and water purification, and he has more than 40 peer-reviewed publications in journals such as Nature Materials, Journal of Materials Chemistry, Environmental Science & Technology, Langmuir, Journal of Nanoparticle Research, and Journal of Membrane Science. In addition, Hoek, along with his students and collaborators, have given over 200 invited, keynote, oral and poster presentations at international meetings, universities, and private companies around the world.

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