Organizing Committee
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Retired Professor, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences
The State University of Milan , Italy
Biography :

Daniele De Wrachien is currently Retired Professor of Agricultural Hydraulics at the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences of the State University of Milan and Member of the Board of Director of the Wessex Institute of Technology (WIT) ,Southampton ,UK. He graduated from the State University of Milan as geologist and obtained his PhD in Advanced Engineering Geology. He performed his duties as ,Director of the Institute of Agricultural Hydraulics (2000-2006) ,Director of Computer Centre of the Faculty of Agriculture,(1992-95) ,Tutor of MPhil and PhD students of the Faculty of Agriculture ,External Examiner to MPhil and PhD students ,Visiting Professor at the Wessex Institute of Technology ( WIT ). Daniele received the following Honours and Awards Award for Truthful Support and Help in Organizing and Improving Scientific Level of the Symposia "Actual Tasks on Agricultural Engineering", Croatian Agricultural Engineering Society, Award in Recognition of Services to the European Society of Agricultural Engineers, Award for outstanding contribution to Engineering Sciences, WIT,Award for the Best Performing Working Body ,International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage. Daniele is Author of over 150 scientific publications: papers, key-note lectures, books and technical reports and Member of the Editorial Board of the following International Journals :International Journal of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, 2009 : Journal of Agricultural Sciences ( Editor-in-Chief ) ,2010 , Journal of Irrigation & Drainage Systems Engineering (Executive Editor) ,2010-,International Journal of Computational Methods and Experimental Measurements ,2010- ,Journal of Smart Grid and Renewable Energy , 2010 - ,Journal of Safety and Security Engineering ,2011- , International Journal of Advanced Renewable Energy Research , 2012- , American Journal of Experimental Agricultural ( Editor-in-Chief ),2013 – ,Journal on Frontiers in Soil Science , 2013- ,Journal of Agricultural Science and Application,2013-., Irrigation and Drainage ( Associate Editor ), 1998- . Daniele has been involved in the organization of more than sixty International Conferences, Congresses, Symposia and Workshop in Africa, America, Asia, Australia and Europe, performing the role of Chairman, Key-note Speaker and Member of the Scientific and Organizing Committees. As President of the European Society of Agricultural Engineers (2002- 04) Daniele established Agreements with national, regional and world-wide Organisations such as CIGR (International Commission of Agricultural Engineering) ,ESA (European Society of Agronomy) ,FAO (Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations) , ICID (International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage), IUSS (International Union of Soil Sciences) , and others. The scientific activity of Daniele deals with the following fields of interest: water resources management ,irrigation and drainage technology, performance assessment of sprinkler irrigation systems ,modelling of transport processes in porous media ,modelling and fluid-dynamics of debris and hyper-concentrated flows, flood control and mitigation measures, desertification and environmental impact of climate change, classical and quantum fluid-dynamical trajectories. Listed on: - Who’s Who in the World, 23rd , 24th, 25th Editions ,Marquis ( USA ) Editor ; - Dictionary of International Biography, 33rd, 34th , International Biographical Centre (UK) Editor; - 2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century, Fifth Edition; - Great Minds of the 21st Century, 2006/2007 Edition, American Biographical Institute , USA

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Professor, Department of Geological Engineering
Middle East Technical University (METU) , Turkey
Biography :

Professor Akgün received his Bachelor’s degree from the Middle East Technical University (METU), Department of Geological Engineering in 1981 and his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Arizona, Department of Geological Engineering in 1986 and 1990, respectively. Professor Akgün is a faculty member at the Middle East Technical University (METU), Department of Geological Engineering, Ankara, Turkey since 1995 and Associate Editors of The Journal of Solid Waste Technology & Management and Environmental Geosciences journal. He was employed as a Senior Design Associate at Environtech Consultants, Inc., Boca Raton, Florida, during 1990-1992 and, as a Senior Geotechnical/Geo-environmental Engineer at Geotech, Inc., Maple Shade, New Jersey during 1993-1995 before becoming a faculty member at METU. He is a Registered Professional Engineer with specializations in engineering geology and geotechnical engineering. Professor Akgün has authored a total of 2 international book chapters, 2 international encyclopedia chapters, 60 international journal papers and 74 international conference papers.

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Director of Rutgers EcoComplex ,Associate Prof. at Rutgers University, Plant Biology Program
Rutgers University , USA
Biography :

Dr. Serpil Guran is the Director of Rutgers EcoComplex “Clean Energy Innovation Center”. She also manages the new EcoIgnite: Clean Technology Proof of Concept Center and Accelerator” program. Her responsibilities include management of the EcoComplex operations, programs, business incubator and facilities, as well as providing vision and leadership in establishing the EcoComplex as a center for the commercialization of environmental and clean energy technologies. She also serves as an Associate Teaching Prof. at Rutgers University’s Plant Biology Program. Dr. Guran is trained on thermochemical conversion (pyrolysis and gasification) of biomass and waste materials for production of fuels and chemicals. She obtained her Ph.D. degree in Fuel and Energy Engineering program at The University of Leeds /United Kingdom. Dr. Guran recently served as the chair of AIChE SPS’17 –Innovations in Transforming Waste to Value-Added Products on December 5-7, 2018 held in New Brunswick, NJ/USA. She also served on Scientific Committees of numerous Clean Energy and Recycling related Conferences and Workshops.

Research Interest :

She specializes in research, development and assessment of sustainable biofuel and waste recycling technologies, and life cycle analysis of clean energy systems and alternative fuel production systems. Currently, she is working on Food-Energy-Water Nexus and Waste synergy by promoting integration of waste materials into development of Circular Carbon Economy.

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Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department
University of Wisconsin-Madison , USA
Biography :

Dr. Park is a professor of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received a B.S. in Civil Engineering at Yonsei University in 1977 and a M.S. in Environmental Engineering at Seoul National University in 1979. He worked as a consulting engineer in Korea and Australia for two years after serving two and a half years of military service. He received a Ph.D. in Public Health Engineering at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom in 1985. He worked as a research engineer at the Sanitary and Environmental Health Research Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley from 1985 to 1988. Since he joined University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1988, he has taught environmental engineering courses such as water treatment plant design, wastewater treatment plant design, biological treatment, physical/chemical treatment, hazardous waste management, solids and hazardous waste engineering, industrial water pollution control, etc. His research is in the areas of water quality management and river restoration; biological treatment of toxic organic compounds; biological nutrient removal, hazardous waste treatment; mass transport in the environment; fate of organic compounds in water and wastewater treatment processes; computer-aided design of water and wastewater treatment plants; and reuse of scrap vehicle tires as a contaminant sorbent. He has published one book and over 200 journal articles. He has been a consultant to many governments, institutions, utilities, and companies from all over the world.

Research Interest :

Water treatment plant design, wastewater treatment plant design, biological treatment, physical/chemical treatment, hazardous waste management, solids and hazardous waste engineering, industrial water pollution control, reuse of scrap vehicle tires as a contaminant sorbent

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Environmental engineering scientist and Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering Technology and Industrial Design
The City University of New York (CUNY) , USA
Biography :

Dr. Masato R. Nakamura is an environmental engineering scientist and Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology and Industrial Design at New York City College of Technology (City Tech), The City University of New York (CUNY), located in Brooklyn’s DUMBO area, known as the New York City’s highest concentration of tech start-ups. He obtained his BS in Metallurgical Engineering and MS in Materials Science and Engineering at Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan. After graduated, he worked as a systems engineer in Tokyo until he came to New York City in 2001. He obtained a Doctor of Engineering Science (Eng.Sc.D.) in Earth and Environmental Engineering from Columbia University, New York. After that, he worked for several R&D projects related to electric trading system, green data centers, and cloud/virtualization technologies in the financial services industry as a solutions architect at ITOCHU Technology, Inc, a New York-based solutions consulting firm. In 2010, he joined the Earth Engineering Center of Columbia’s Earth Institute as a postdoctoral research scientist working on renewable energy and environmental simulation. Since he was appointed in 2011 as an assistant professor in New York City Tech, CUNY, he has taught courses in Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Design Technology, and led a research group, Energy and Environmental Simulation Laboratory (EESL).

Research Interest :

Earth and environmental engineering, recycling technology and waste management, data-driven sustainability, smart city technology, robotics, industrial design, renewable energy, ecodesign, public health, and 3D modeling

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Chairperson of Environmental Engineering Program , Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Balamand , Lebanon
Biography :

Professor Mervat El-Hoz is the chairperson of Environmental Engineering Program at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the University of Balamand, Lebanon. She graduated from the Middle East Technical University, Turkey as Environmental Engineer and obtained her PhD from the University Of Sydney, Australia in the same field. She received many international and national Honors and Awards in the field of Solid Waste Management and Environmental in general. She is Author of over 100 scientific publications in international journals and conference proceedings: scientific papers, key-note speaker lectures, chapters in books and technical reports. She is a member of the Editorial Board of many International Journals, and scientific committees in international conferences 2002 -. She is a guest lecturer at various universities in the United States and the Arab countries. She served as senior environmental expert at the World Bank, Council for Development and Reconstruction on Solid Waste / Environmental Management, Lebanon (1998 – 2002); as an environmental expert, local coordinator, technical leader and trainer for EU, UNDP, and USAID projects in solid waste, water, wastewater, and air pollution 2002 –; as an environmental consultant for Transport Safety and Logistics in Collection and Disposal of Hazardous and Non-Hazardous Wastes, Ghana 2010 –; and as consultant for many Municipalities and Municipal Union in Lebanon, 1998 -.

Research Interest :

Environment and sustainable development; solid and hazardous waste management; water resources; water and wastewater treatment technology and management; air pollution control and Climate Change effects; environmental impact and risk assessment.

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Professor, Industrial Ecology and Circular Economy
University of Queensland , Australia
Biography :

Anthony Halog is a University Professor at the University of Queensland. His research focuses on the sustainability of human-nature complexity through understanding the nexus of material and energy systems. Over the years, he has been working on the foundation and industrial applications of Circular Economy, Greening Supply Chains, Life Cycle Assessment, Sustainable Operations, Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment (LCSA), and Resource Management & Bioeconomy. His Research Group in Industrial Ecology and Circular Economy at UQ (http://industrialece.wixsite.com/main) endeavours to provide service/expertise for industry clients (e.g. agri-food-energy systems) in transforming existing linear system-based value chains and operations towards circularity, which enhances their resource efficiency & productivity, creates added value products from wastes, and reduces emissions into the environment for a more sustainable consumption and production in the future. He is keen in pursuing collaborative and cross-disciplinary research across industries via system analysis and modelling. Previously, he held academic positions at the University of Maine (USA) and Brock University (Canada). He completed his PhD from the Institute for Industrial Production/French-German Institute for Environmental Research at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany. He participated in sustainability assessment-related courses at the United Nations University, Japan and Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria. Dr. Halog has authored and co-authored more than 70 publications and presented papers in industrial ecology and circular economy, and has been a visiting scholar in several leading research institutions in Europe and Asia. He has given keynote talks worldwide to share his expertise in greening supply chains, circular economy and industrial sustainability.

Research Interest :

Circular Economy, Greening Supply Chains, Life Cycle Assessment, Sustainable Operations, Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment (LCSA), and Resource Management & Bioeconomy

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Research Director
French National Center for Scientific Research , France
Biography :

Pr. Lingai LUO received her Ph.D. degree (1991) from National Polytechnic Institute of Lorraine (INPL), Nancy, France. She is Research Director of French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and works at Laboratory of Thermal and Energy science at Nantes (LTEN). Pr. Luo is the author of 2 books and over 120 journal articles. She was the head of LOCIE Laboratoiry of CNRS and University of Savoie, the cofounder and coordinator of Sino-French Collaboratory for Environmental and Process Engineering and the head of its successor Sino-French Laboratory for Sustainable Energy of French CNRS and Chinese Academy of Sciences. She is serving as subject editor of Energy Journal and as associated editor of three others journals.

Research Interest :

Recycling and thermal waste recovery, solar systems, heat recovery

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Researcher, Department of Environmental Engineering
Democritus University of Thrace , Greece
Biography :

Dr. Ioanna Vasiliadou is a researcher at the Environmental Engineering Department of Democritus University of Thrace (DUTH, Greece). Dr. Vasiliadou received her Degree (2004) and PhD (2008) both from the Dep. of Environmental and Natural Resources Management, University of Ioannina, Greece. In her PhD thesis she studied the biological removal of nitrates from drinking water. As a postdoctoral researcher, she worked in three countries (Greece, Spain, Italy) and six institutes. During her active presence in research, Dr. Vasiliadou has focused on the field of Environmental Engineering, including Environmental Remediation technologies, Biotechnological Processes and Biomass Waste Valorisation: i) Water and wastewater treatment, ii) Advanced bio-oxidation processes, iii) Biodiesel production, iv) Resources and energy recovery, v) Soil and groundwater bioremediation, vi) Bio-electrochemical systems, vii) Mathematical modelling. Dr. Vasiliadou has been the Author of 31 peer-reviewed articles in professional journals (citations: 707, h-index: 13), one book chapter and 31 international and national conference proceedings publications. She serves as peer reviewer for 33 Journals and she is evaluator of scientific proposals for the French, Dutch and the Spanish National Research Agencies. She has been participated in 7 research projects and has been awarded 5 personal competitive postdoctoral research grants.

Research Interest :

Water and wastewater treatment, Advanced bio-oxidation processes, Biodiesel production, Resources and energy recovery, Soil and groundwater bioremediation, Bio-electrochemical systems, Mathematical modelling

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