Speakers - Sustainability

The Diamond Jubilee Faculty Alumni Network (FAN) Symposium (US)

Date: Saturday, 13th October 2018




Prof. Suparna Mukherji - Convener

Professor and Head,
Centre for Environmental Science
and Engineering

Educational Qualifications:
  • B.Tech., Energy Engineering, IIT Kharagpur, 1989
  • M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY, USA, 1991
  • Ph.D., Environmental Engineering, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA; 1997
Research Interests:
  • Bioremediation
  • Biotransformation and toxicity evaluation of hazardous organic pollutants
  • Physicochemical and biological treatment processes
  • Application of nanotechnology for water treatment
  • Monitoring of bioaerosols
  • Monitoring and fate of micropollutants
  • Tertiary treatment processes for removal of micropollutants
  • Greywater recycling
  • Hazardous waste minimization, resource recovery and pollution prevention
Awards/ Recognitions:
  • Editorial Board Member: Applied Nanoscience, Springer, since 2011 to present
  • Associate Editor, Environmental Engineering, Journal of The Institution of Engineers, Series A, Springer, 2018- present
  • National Women Bioscientist Award (Junior Category), DBT New Delhi, 2009
  • AICTE Career Award for Young Teachers, AICTE, New Delhi, 2000
  • Silver Medal, IIT Kharagpur, 1990
  • Jagdish Bose Memorial Scholarship, IIT, Kharagpur: 1988-1989
Prof. Shyam Asolekar  - Co- Convener

Centre for Environmental Science & Engineering
IIT Bombay

Educational Qualifications: 
  • B.Tech Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, 1980
  • M.Tech in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, 1985
  • MS in Environmental Engineering, Syracuse University, 1987
  • Ph.D in Environmental Engineering, University of Iowa, 1991
Research Interests:
  • Hazardous, municipal and biomedical waste management
  • Eco-industrial networking
  • Eco-centric and low-cost waste water treatment
  • Treatment of Leachates and special industrial waste waters
  • Environmental policy and preventive environmental management
  • Recycle and reuse of effluents
  • Air pollution control technologies
  • Current Research:
    • Preventive Environmental Management
    • Hazardous Waste Treatment and Disposal
    • Eco-technologies for waste water treatment
    • Reactor Modelling and Technology Development for biological and physico-chemical treatment of hazardous waste leachates and special industrial wastewaters
    • Application of remotely sensed data for monitoring of environmental systems

Prof. Upal Ghosh - Convener -US

Department of Chemical, Biochemical,
& Environmental Engineering,
University of Maryland Baltimore County

Educational Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. Civil and Environmental Engineering, State University of New York at Buffalo, 2/98
  • M.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, State University of New York at Buffalo, 2/93
  • B.Tech. Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India, 4/89.
Awards/ Recognitions:
  • University System of Maryland Regents Award for Excellence in Research. 2016
  • Distinguished Service Award, Association of Environ Engr and Science Professors. 2015
  • Excellence in Environmental Engineering Honor Award for University Research, American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists. 2015


Professor Ghosh teaches undergraduate Chemical Engineering classes (Heat and Mass Transfer) and graduate Environmental Engineering classes (Environmental Biotechnology and Environmental Risk Assessment and Remediation). His group performs research in environmental engineering and science with a focus on the fate, effects, and remediation of toxic pollutants in the environment. They use multidisciplinary tools to investigate exposure and bioavailability of organic and metal contaminants to organisms and apply the new understanding to develop novel engineering approaches for risk assessment and remediation. Dr. Ghosh has led the development of monitoring tools for pollutant bioavailability, especially work on passive sampling techniques. His research has contributed to the development and transition of novel sediment remediation technologies based on altering sediment geochemistry. The technology development has led to several US patents and two start-up companies that he founded. His work has been published in the leading journals in Environmental Engineering, and he serves as an Associate Editor of the Journal Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.

Prof. Richard Luthy  – Key note Speaker

Silas H. Palmer Professor of Civil Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering,
Director of the NSF Engineering Research Center for
Re-inventing the Nation’s Urban Water
Infrastructure (ReNUWIt)

Educational Qualifications:
  • Hon. Sci. D., Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY, Environmental Engineering (2005)
  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, CA, Civil Engineering (Environmental Engineering) (1976)
  • M.S., University of California, Berkeley, CA, Civil Engineering (Environmental Engineering) (1974)
  • M.S., University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI, Ocean Engineering (1969)
  • B.S., University of California, Berkeley, CA, Chemical Engineering (1967)
Research Interests:

Prof. Luthy’s areas of teaching and research is environmental engineering and water quality with applications to water reuse, storm-water use, and systems-level analysis of our urban water challenges. His research addresses management of persistent organic contaminants and contaminants of emerging concern in natural systems that are engineered to improve water quality and protect the environment and human health.

Awards/ Recognitions:
  • Gordon Maskew Fair Award, American Academy of Environmental Engineer & Scientists (2015)
  • Chair, National Research Council Committee on Beneficial Use of Stormwater and Graywater (2013-2015)
  • Fellow, Water Environment Federation (2013)
  • Civil & Environmental Engineering Academy of Distinguished Alumni, University of California, Berkeley (2012)
  • Distinguished Lecturer, AEESP (2011-2012)
  • Einstein Chair Professor, Chinese Academy of Sciences (2005)
  • Chair Professor, Dept. of Environ. Sci. and Eng., Tsinghua University, Beijing, China (2004-2007)
  • US National Academy of Engineering (1999)
  • Chair Professor, Dept. of Environ. Sci. and Eng., Tsinghua University, Beijing, China (2004-2007)