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Prof. M. M. Ghangrekar

Biography: Prof. Ghangrekar had been visiting Scientist to Ben Gurion University, Israel and University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK under Marie Curie fellowship by European Union and had stint as faculty of various capacities in renowned engineering colleges and research institutes. He has been working in the field of anaerobic wastewater treatment, bioenergy recovery during wastewater treatment using microbial fuel cell and bio-electrochemical systems. He is recognized worldwide in scientific community for his research contribution in the development of bio-electrochemical processes and his research group stands among the top three research lab in the world in terms of scientific publications. The first of its kind MFC based onsite toilet waste treatment system ‘Bioelectric toilet’ developed by him received wide publicity in electronic and print media.

He has successfully completed multinational collaborative projects with European Countries and few of the projects are ongoing. He has also provided design of industrial wastewater and sewage treatment plants in India and abroad. He has been working on setting up wastewater treatment plants to produce reusable quality treated water at affordable cost. At present he is coordinating one such project jointly funded by European Union and Department of Science and Technology, GoI.

He has guided 26 Ph.D. Research Scholars and 54 Master students’ projects.  He has contributed 278 research papers in journals of international repute, and contributed 75 book chapters.  His research work has been presented in more than 264 conferences in India and abroad. He has delivered invited lectures in the various reputed universities in the world to name a few, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK; Bremen and Augusburg, Germany; University of Tartu, Estonia, University of California, Berkeley, USA, Hong Kong University, etc. He has visited several universities in the world from USA, Canada, Europe and Asia.

He has received recognition of his research contribution by getting elected as Fellow, INAE; VAISWIK award 2020, Member ASCE; receiving Swachha Bharat Award 2017; Gandhian Young Technology Innovation awards; National Design Award; Best paper Awards by IEI, Distinguished Speaker Award by Indian Institute of Chemical Engineering, etc.  He has worked as a member of IIT consortium for rejuvenation of water quality of River Ganga.  He has been helping various state Government (Odissa, Chattisgarh, Jharkhand) and industries for providing wastewater collection and treatment solutions.

Prof. Brajesh Kumar Dubey

Biography: Prof Brajesh Kr. Dubey is presently Professor – Resource Recovery and Circular
Engineering, Dept of Civil Engg, Chair - School of Water Resources at the Indian Institute of
Technology – Kharagpur (IIT-KGP), India. He is well known globally as a Waste Management and Life Cycle Analysis (LCA Expert. Dr. Dubey has over 18 years (post PhD) of socially focused applied research experience within the broad fields of environmental, sustainable/resilient systems and circular economy approaches, addressing the nexus among sustainability, resiliency, infrastructure, waste, energy, health, and the environment including advocating the need of science-based policy. His research has been funded by several national, international agencies such as United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO); National Geographic Society (NGS), USA; International Transport Forum (ITF) - Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Paris, France; World Resource Institute, UK; Alliance to End Plastic Waste, USA and Circular Initiative, Singapore; Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI); Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC); Indo-German Science and Technology Centre; Department of Science and Technology (DST), India; Florida Department of Environmental Protection; Auckland Regional Council, New Zealand among others. Prior to PhD, he has 4 years of industry experience as a Civil/Environmental Engineer in petrochemical, refineries and offshore oil platforms.

Dr. Dubey is author of 150 journal papers, 4 edited books/conference proceedings, 25 book chapters, and 27 full conference papers (with H-index of 45. I10-index of 119 with over 7,900 citations as per Google Scholar). Dr. Dubey has delivered more than 75 invited presentations in various countries in the world including Canada, USA, China, Germany, India, South Korea, Thailand, and U.K.). Dr. Dubey has served or currently serves as an Associate Editor or Editorial Board Members of 5 different journals, served on various professional committees, including the State Level Advisory Committee for Solid Waste Management, Ministry of Urban Development and Urban Affairs, Government of West Bengal, Kolkata, India. Co-Chair of Member, Organic Waste Facility Public Liaison Committee, City of Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

Prof. Krishna R. Reddy

Biography: Prof. Krishna R. Reddy is a University Scholar and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and is the director of both the Sustainable Engineering Research and Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering laboratories at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC), USA. He received his PhD in civil engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. His research expertise is waste management and containment, polluted site remediation, sustainability, and resiliency. Dr. Reddy is the author of four books, 306 journal papers, 34 edited books and conference proceedings, 27 book chapters, and over 200 conference papers. His h-index is 75 with over 19,000 citations. Because of excellent work, he received a number of awards. He received the Fulbright US Scholar Award, ASCE Wesley W. Horner Award, ASTM Hogentogler Award, UIC Distinguished Researcher Award, University of Illinois Scholar Award, and the University of Illinois Award for Excellence in Teaching. He is a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers. More info at:

Prof. Daniel D. Snow

Biography: Prof. Daniel D. Snow is a Research Professor in Natural Resources, and Director of theWater Sciences Laboratory, a part of the Nebraska Water Center and Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska. Over the past 30+ years, his research interests and experience have focused on studying the environmental fate of geogenic, emerging, legacy, and agricultural contaminants. He directs staff and students in the development of advanced methods using mass spectrometry to better understand, use, and protect water resources. Results have been published in over 200 refereed journal articles, book chapters and conference proceedings supporting sustainable use, and conservation of ground and surface water throughout the world. He is an associate editor for the journals Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, Water, and served as editor for several books including: “Legacy and Emerging Contaminants in Water and Wastewater. Monitoring, Risk Assessment, and Remediation Techniques”, “Selenium Contamination in Water”, and “Contaminants in Drinking and Wastewater Sources. Challenges and Reigning Technologies”. He has served as advisor or co-advisor to approximately 30-35graduate  students as well as review panelist for the US EPA Science to Achieve Results (STAR), NSF Major Research Instrumentation, DOD Defense’s Strategic Environmental Research and Development and Environmental Security Technology Certification Programs, Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative, CRDF Global, and many other research programs.

Prof. Mukesh Khare

Biography: Dr. Mukesh Khare, Professor Emeritus, IIT Delhi is a leading and well-known name in the academics and research in India and abroad. He superannuated as Professor of Environmental Engineering on 31/12/2020. He is an outstanding example of dedication, sincerity, consistency and visionary contribution to academics and research in area of air quality. Prof. Khare’s visionary planning, approach, consistent and continued efforts have resulted in placing the environmental engineering group on the global map which shows his strategic ‘thinktank’ capability and displaying his excellent ability of group working with dynamic leadership, traits, effective and efficient decision-making, and meticulous efforts. Throughout his academic and professional career, Prof. Khare has contributed immensely in teaching, consulting, research & development studies and editorial activities. Prof. Khare is a distinguished Civil/Environmental Engineer, with broad industrial experience in the air and water sectors, manifesting in a strong portfolio of interdisciplinary research and more than 250 research publications in peer-reviewed journals and conferences along with publishing books in urban air quality. The country as well as the experts all over the world has duly acknowledged his visionary efforts that he has made as academician and researcher.

He has been the architect of the designing and implementing the Master’s Programme in Environmental Engineering at IIT Delhi; founding Coordinator of Indo-French Unit for Water and Waste Technologies (IFUWWT); founding Coordinator of Centre for Excellence for Research in Climate Change and Air Pollution (CERCA); founding Member and Patron of Society of Indoor Environment (SIE); founding Member of Global Scientific Committee, Planet Earth Institute, London. The academic and research world has also recognised Prof. Khare’s continued contribution in air quality by appointing him as Visiting Professor and inviting him for lectures on air quality in various universities/institutions abroad. He served as Atlantic LNG Professor of Environmental Engineering at University of West Indies; Visiting Faculty in University of Technology, Lae, Papa New Guinea; Invited Professor, Department and Energetic and Environment, Ecole des Mine de Nantes (EMN), France; Invited Expert, ADB Pre-Event and Better Air Quality Conference, Colombo, Sri Lanka; Invited Professor, Chang ‘an University, Xi’an, China; Invited Professor, “Empowering Scientific Leadership in Africa”, International Environment House, Geneva; Invited Lead Presenter, “Tokyo Green Conference”, UNIDO and Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan; Invited Delegate, “The forth Russia China Transport University Reactors Forum, Belt and Road Initiative, Deepening Co-operation among the BRICS Countries”, Chang ‘an University, China; Invited Professor, Air Pollution Interventions: Climate and Health Impact – A Comparative Review , Pure Earth, Boston University, USA; Invited Professor, Planet Earth Institute, “Building Partnerships in Sustainable Urbanization-The way forward”, Agastho Neto University, Angola; Invited Professor and Global Scientific Committee Meeting, PEI, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Invited Professor, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA; Invited Researcher/Faculty in Centre for Sustainable Engineering, Cambridge University, UK to form International Sustainable Technology Alliance (ISTA) in collaboration with IIT Delhi, Senseable City Lab, MIT, USA, and Arizona State University, USA.

Prof. Selma Mededovic Thagard

Biography: Prof. Selma Mededovic Thagard is the Richard and Helen March professor of chemical engineering at Clarkson University. Thagard received her BS in chemical engineering from the University of Zagreb in Croatia and her Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Florida State University. Before coming to Clarkson, Thagard held post-doctoral appointments at Toyohashi University of Technology in Japan and at Colorado State University. Her expertise is in electrical discharge plasma processes and plasma reactor design with a focus on environmental remediation. Thagard has coauthored >60 peer reviewed journal articles and 3 book chapters and made over 60 invited lectures at universities and conferences throughout the world. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency, US Department of Defense, and US Air Force, among other agencies. Thagard serves on the Editorial Boards of Plasma Chemistry and Plasma Processing, Plasma Sources Science and Technology and is the Associate Editor of Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy.

Prof. Ajay S. Kalamadhad

Biography: Presently, Dr. Ajay Kalamdhad is working as a Professor in Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati obtained his Bachelor, Masters and Doctorate degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering from GEC Jabalpur, VNIT Nagpur and IIT Roorkee respectively in the years 2001, 2003 & 2008. Prior to joining IIT Guwahati in 2009, He was an Assistant Professor at VNIT Nagpur (2008-2009) and worked in various projects at RRL, Bhopal (Now AMPRI, Bhopal) and NEERI, Nagpur. His major research areas area: Solid waste management, composting, anaerobic digestion, water quality etc. He has published more than 240 international papers in peer reviewed journals and presented his work in more than 300 national and international conferences/workshops as participant; and more than 120 events as invited speaker. He has also written eight books related to solid waste management with Springer, Elsevier and CRC press. He has also associated with Indian Public Health Engineers, India, International Solid Waste Association Italy and National Solid Waste Association of India; and reviewers of more than 150 international journals. He is a recipient of ISTE- GSITS national award for best research by young teachers (below 35 years) of engineering colleges for the year 2012 and IEI Young Engineers Award 2011-2012 in Environmental Engineering discipline from Institute of Engineers India. He had worked on various research projects funded by MoEF, DST (SERB, TDT), MDW&S and CSIR, Govt. of India. He has guided 20 PhD students, 72 M. Tech projects, 31 B. Tech projects, and guiding 18 PhD students, 10 M. Tech projects.


Prof. Taavo Tenno

Biography: Taavo Tenno has graduated from the University of Tartu (Estonia; 1993) in chemistry and made a PhDdegree at the University of Uppsala (Sweden; 2000). In 2003 he joined the environmental engineering and consulting company aqua consult Baltic OÜ and since then has been working there as a project manager and managing director. Taavo has been involved in the consulting and design of a vast number of projects in the field of wastewater and sludge treatment. Parallel to the activities at the company, he is involved at the University of Tartu in research activities and is supervising students at Master and Doctoral level. He is also lecturing wastewater treatment technologies at the university and is involved in the Estonian wastewater treatment plant operator schooling programmes. He has published a number of peer reviewed scientific publications in the field of wastewater treatment technologies.
Taavo is involved in EU India technology transfer project Saraswati 2.0 where piloting of anaerobic and advandced nitrogen removal technologies has been carried out in IIT Bhubaneswar.

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