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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

Moderator
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 

Co-Moderators
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

Break 

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

 Networking

 

Session 2: Water & Facilities Resource Recovery

Co-Moderators
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

Break

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     

Networking   

 

Session 3: Air, Waste & Energy Management

Co-Moderators
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

Break 

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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Conference Exhibitors