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Engineered Systems for Water Security

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Transforming current silos into an integrated water system of systems paradigm will require a concerted effort from many different sectors, including government, industry, academia, and civil society. Engineers will be integral to the design and implementation of the technical solutions that will support the integration and interoperability of different water management systems.

In addition to these technical challenges, there will also be a need for engineers to work closely with other stakeholders to understand their needs and priorities, and to help facilitate the integration of social, ecological, and technological systems.

During the first day of the event, we will generate a comprehensive understanding of the water challenges society faces. Considering the United Nations water security definition, “the capacity of a population to safeguard sustainable access to adequate quantities of acceptable quality water for sustaining livelihoods, human well-being, and socio-economic development, for ensuring protection against water-borne pollution and water-related disasters, and for preserving ecosystems in a climate of peace and political stability”,  what grand challenges in global water security may we expect and/or continue to face as we move towards the end of the 21st Century?

During the second day of the event, we will focus on transformative engineering solutions to address these challenges. What transformative advancements in engineering research are needed to tackle the end-of-the-century water security challenges?


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Stacy Lewis Hutchinson

Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs
Kansas State University
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Kristin Myers

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Columbia University

Thematic Task Force

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A. Pouyan Nejadhashemi

University Foundation Professor, Director of the Center for Intelligent Water Resources Engineering
Michigan State University
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Ashlynn Stillwell

Associate Professor and the Elaine F. and William J. Hall Excellence Faculty Scholar in Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
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Charles Bott

Director of Water Technology and Research
Hampton Roads Sanitation District
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Junhong Chen

Crown Family Professor
University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory
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Meghna Babbar-Sebens

Associate Professor
Oregon State University
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Paul Westerhoff

Regents Professor
Arizona State University
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Scott Bryan

Imagine H2O
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Seth Darling

Chief Science & Technology Officer for Advanced Energy Technologies
Argonne National Laboratory
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Sunil Sinha

Virginia Tech
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Upmanu Lall

Director of the Columbia Water Center and the Alan and Carol Silberstein Professor of Engineering
Columbia University


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Beverley Stinson

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Dave Flinton

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David Sedlak

University of California - Berkeley
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Marty Adams

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
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Dr. Pierre Glynn

USGS Science and Decisions Center
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