Civil & Environmental Engineering Department

Environmental and Water Resources Engineering (EWRE)

Spring 2021 Seminar Series 

Time:  Fridays 12:30 to 1:20 p.m. #ewreseminar
Location:  Join Microsoft Teams Meeting or call in (audio only) +1 813-694-2079, Conference ID: 995 218 309#
For more information:  Dr. Maya Trotz 510-593-3647 or email

Seminar Dates and Speakers

Dr. Tom Van Dam (NCE), Dr. Qing Lu (University of South Florida), & Dr. Dhanushika Gunatilake Mapa (University of South Florida) – Sustainable & resilient pavements (joint seminar with Transportation)

Dr. Jie Zhang (Carollo) – The role of Computational Fluid Dynamics in the response to Salem drinking water crisis by algal toxin

Dr. Amine Hafsi (Wood Oil and Energy) – Drainage in highway design

Dr. Suzanne Boxman (Environmental Research & Education Foundation) – Circular economies

Dr. Trina Halfhide (University of West Indies, St. Augustine) – From coconuts to biochar, pushing sustainable solutions in the Caribbean

Mrs. Cynthia Keeton – Lead, health, and community based opportunities for safer homes

Dr. Kelsey Pieper (Northeastern University) – Health risks associated with lead in well water in the U.S.

Dr. Elon Cadogan (Caribbean Community Climate Change Center) – Water sector resilience considering climate change in Barbados

Dr. Karl Payne (University of West Indies, Cavehill) – Applying deep learning for sustainable water resources management in a Caribbean context: case studies on Dominica and Barbados

Mr. Whit Remer ENV SP (City of Tampa) – Fostering resilience in the City of Tampa 

Ms. Yoca Arditi-Rocha (Cleo Institute) – Communities and climate solutions

Mr. Horace Jakpa (University of South Florida) – Water quality & Point of Use filters

Dr. Matthew Verbyla (San Diego State University) – WASH for individuals experiencing homelessness

Dr. Monica Gray (Coastal Carolina University) –  Fostering a Coastal Stormwater Education Consortium

Dr. Maya Carrasquillo (Arcadis) – Environmental justice & Green Infrastructure

Dr. Roland Okwen (Prairie Research Institute) – CO2 storage applications

Dr. Colleen Naughton (University of California Merced) - Mapping and environmental research- COVIDPoops19 and water contamination examples     

Dr. Dawn Fox (University of Guyana) – Sustainable water treatment using indigenous resources

Dr. Meng Wang (Penn State) – Nutrient management and resource recovery     

Dr. Pablo K. Cornejo (California State University Chico) – SEE (Social, Environmental, & Economic) Wastewater Decision Support Tool

Dr. Kevin Orner (University of California Berkeley) – Managing pathogens and nutrients in urbanizing tropical towns: Can sanitation technologies holistically create safer recreational conditions at beaches

Dr. Weiwei Mo (University of New Hampshire) – Participatory modeling, gaming, and crowdsourcing for addressing environmental engineering challenges

Dr. Christine Prouty (ASCE) – Putting people in the ASCE Infrastructure Report Card

Dr. Maureen Kinyua (University of California Davis) – Topics in wastewater treatment in Northern California

Dr. Ryan Locicero (Clean Water Services) – Water sector innovation