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Conference Program

72nd Annual Environmental Engineering Conference

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

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Infrastructure Planning: Opportunities and Challenges

Plenary Session

Belinda Sturm, PhD., Associate Vice Chancellor and Professor CEAE Dept., University of Kansas

8:30 am 

Opening Remarks

8:40 am 

Welcome: David Darwin, Chair and Deane E. Ackers Distinguished Professor, CEAE Dept., University of Kansas

8:45 am 

Investing in Our Future: The Infrastructure Bill and Federal Initiatives (Video)

Edward Chu, Deputy Administrator for US EPA Region 7

9:30 am 

Leveraging the State Revolving Fund in your Planning​ (PDF) / (Video)

Cara Hendricks, Chief, Municipal Programs Unit, Bureau of Water, KDHE

10:00 am

Networking Break

10:40 am 

The Regional Climate Action Plan: Net Zero by 2050 (PDF) / (Video)

Tom Jacobs, Director of Environmental Programs, Mid-America Regional Council

11:00 am 

Environmental Racism in the Heartland: Fighting for Equity and Health in Kansas City

(PDF) / (Video)

Atenas Mena, Co-Executive Director, Clean Air Now

11:20 am 

Practical points for integrating environmental justice in your operations and plans 

(PDF) / (Video)

Megan Berge, Partner Baker Botts L.L.P

12:00 pm 

Announcements and Award Presentations

12:10 pm    

Lunch Break


Session 1: Water Supply and Treatment 

Robert A. Hulsey, Global Practice & Technology Leader, Black & Veatch
Justin M. Hutchison, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, CEAE Dept., University of Kansas

1:00 pm   

Holistic approach to drinking water treatment in the context of pathogen management 

(PDF) / (Video)

Kerry Hamilton, Assistant Professor, Arizona State University

1:45 pm

Sources and Variations in Bromide in Drinking Waters (PDF) / (Video)

Donald Whittemore, Senior Scientist, Kansas Geological Survey

2:30 pm


3:00 pm  

Bromide and Ozone – What do you do? (PDF) / (Video)

Aswathi Pradeep, Process Engineer, Black & Veatch

3:45 pm

Next Steps in the Implementation of the Lead and Copper Rule (PDF) / (Video)

Robert Gavin, Compliance & Data Management Unit Chief, Public Water Supply Section, KDHE

Emily Tummons, Corrosion Specialist, Black & Veatch

Trevor Flynn, Assistant Director, Municipal Services and Operations, City of Lawrence 

4:30 pm



Session 2: Water & Facilities Resource Recovery

Julian Sandino, Ph.D., P.E., Vice President, Jacobs Engineering Group
Belinda Sturm, Ph.D., Assoc. Vice Chancellor and Professor, CEAE Dept., University of Kansas
Aaron Witt, Chief Engineer, Johnson County Wastewater

1:00 pm

Increasing plant capacity with the tankage you have: Focusing on sludge settleability and selective wasting (PDF) / (Video)

Jose Jimenez, National Technology and Innovation Lead, Brown and Caldwell 

1:45 pm

Case Study: First of its kind! A perspective on building the first Aerobic Granular Sludge facility in Kansas using collaborative delivery (PDF) / (Video)

Roopa Matole, Water Wastewater Engineer, HDR Inc.

Jared Keating, Project Manager, Garney Construction

2:30 pm


3:00 pm

Biosolids - emerging pressures and management options (PDF) / (Video)

Scott Carr, Global Practuce Lead for Biosolids, Black and Veatch

3:45 pm

Making the case for sustainability: Organic diversion and bioenergy production 

(PDF) / (Video)

Dustin Craig, Bioenergy Practice Leader, CDM Smith

4:30 pm     



Session 3: Air, Waste & Energy Management

Robynn Andracsek, P.E., Associate Environmental Engineer, Burns & McDonnell Engr. Company
Ted Peltier, Ph.D., Associate Chair & Professor, CEAE Department, University of Kansas
Daniel R. Wilkus, P.E., Director, Environmental Services, Evergy, Inc.

1:00 pm

A Partnership Project for hydrogen storage and utilization (Video)

Franek Hasiuk, Associate Scientist, Kansas Geological Survey

1:45 pm

A New Era of Investment in EJ, an overview and update on EJ in EPA (PDF) / (Video)

Tamara Freeman, Environmental Education Program Coordinator, EPA Region 7

2:30 pm


3:00 pm

Renewable Energy Technologies and net zero Emissions Goals (PDF) / (Video)

Brandon Sack, Clean Energy Development Manager, Evergy, Inc.

3:45 pm

PM 2.5 and ozone NAAQA Changes (PDF) / (Video)

Mary Hauner-Davis, Burns & McDonnell 

4:30 pm 

Networking & Happy Hour


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