74th Annual Environmental Engineering Conference Program


Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Moving Forward in Spite of Future Uncertainty

Plenary Session

Moderator

Belinda Sturm, Interim Vice Chancellor of Research and Professor CEAE Department, University of Kansas

TimeEvent
8:30 am

Opening Remarks

8:40 am

Welcome

Caroline Bennett, Chair, Civil, Environmental, & Architectural Engineering Department, University of Kansas

8:45 am

Workplace and Diversity Efforts

Aimeé R. Killeen, WEF President

9:20 am

KS Water Research Initiatives 

Scott Ishman, Associate Director, Kansas Geological Survey

10:00 am

PFAS Drinking Water Rule Announcement

Jeffery Robichaud, Water Director, EPA Region 7

10:10 am

Networking Break

10:40 am

Planning for the Future of Power Generation

Cody VandeVelde, Evergy’s Sr. Director of Strategy and Long-Term Planning

11:20 am

Kansas-based Research on Equity-Driven Infrastructure Resilience

Elaina J. Sutley, Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging, Associate Professor CEAE Department, University of Kansas

12:00 pm

Announcements and Award Presentations

12:10 pm

Lunch Break

Session 1: Water Supply and Treatment

Co-Moderators

Dr. Emily Tummons, National Lead & Copper Practice Leader, Black & Veatch

Justin M. Hutchison, Assistant Professor, CEAE Department, University of Kansas

TimeEvent

1:00 pm

First Kansas PWS Harmful Algal Toxin Breakthrough

Robert J. Gavin, P.G., Compliance & Data Management Unit, Public Water Supply Section, Kansas Department of Health & Environment

1:45 pm

Advanced Materials and Technologies for Treatment of Emerging Contaminant PFAS

Nirupam Aich, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

2:30 pm

Break 

3:00 pm

Operational Flood Inundation Mapping in Kansas & the Implications for Water Infrastructure

Jude Kastens,Ph.D., Associate Professor, Kansas Applied Remote Sensing, Kansas Biological Survey & Center for Ecological Research University of Kansas

3:45 pm

Lithium:  Prevalence and Implications for Kansas' Drinking Water Supplies

Justin Hutchison, Ph. D., Ernest C. Pogge Chair's Council Assistant Professor, CEAE Department of Civil, Environmental & Architectural Engineering, University of Kansas

4:30 pm

Networking

Session 2: Water & Facilities Resource Recovery

Co-Moderators

Belinda Sturm, Interim Vice Chancellor of Research and Professor CEAE Department, University of Kansas

Aaron Witt, Chief Engineer, Johnson County Wastewater

TimeEvent

1:00 pm

How Does Drying and Pyrolysis Affect PFAS in Biosolids? Distinguishing Transformation from Removal

Patrick McNamara, Associate Professor Marquette University and Wastewater Process Engineer, Black & Veatch 

1:45 pm

The Search for Your Digital Twin; A Utility’s Journey Through Intelligent Water Systems

Chris Maher, Senior Operations Analyst, Technology Development and Research, Clean Water Services 

2:30 pm

Break 

3:00 pm

Futureproofing Wastewater Management Solutions: The Case for Adaptive Planning

Julian Sandino, Vice President and Director Emeritus Global Wastewater Solutions, Jacobs

3:45 pm

Operating at Low DO to Minimize Carbon Demand and Maximize Biological Nutrient Removal 

Belinda Sturm, Professor and Ross McKinney Faculty Fellow, University of Kansas 

Megan Wittman, PhD Student, University of Kansas 

4:30 pm

Networking

Session 3: Air, Waste & Energy Management

Co-Moderators

Robynn Andracsek, Senior Air Quality Engineer, Providence

Ted Peltier, Associate Chair & Professor, CEAE Department, University of Kansas

Daniel R. Wilkus, Director, Environmental Services, Evergy, Inc.

TimeEvent

1:00 pm

Potential Impacts of the New PM2.5 Annual Standard

Douglas Watson, Chief, Air Monitoring and Planning Section Meteorologist KDHE-BOA

1:45 pm

Microplastics in Freshwaters and Soils of Underserved Communities: Occurrence, Reactivity, and Mobility

Jorge Gonzalez Estrella, Oklahoma State University

2:30 pm

Break 

3:00 pm

Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) Rule Changes & Impacts

Kasi Dubbs, P.E., Principal Consultant, Trinity Consultants

3:45 pm

Dispersion Modeling vs Reality: Tips for Plant Design

Robynn Andracsek, Senior Air Quality Engineer, Providence Engineering and Environmental Group LLC, Olathe, KS 

4:30 pm

Networking and Happy Hour