UI to Host Environmental Engineering Professor Conference July 26-29

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The Environmental Engineering and Science (EES) Program -- one of the nation's top 10 public academic programs -- in the UI College of Engineering Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering will host the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP) 2009 Conference July 26-29 at the Iowa Memorial Union.

Conference organizers expect to attract 250 attendees, including approximately 100 graduate students from the best U.S. environmental engineering and science programs in the world.

The AEESP 2009 theme, "Grand Environmental Challenges," finds the conference organized around eight sessions, each highlighting a single challenge: water sustainability, international environmental education and research, managing the nitrogen cycle, carbon capture and storage, renewable energy, waterborne pathogens, economics in environmental education and research, and nanotechnology. Additionally, IIHR-Hydroscience& Engineering will present a special session on the Iowa Flood of 2008.

Michelle Scherer, associate professor and conference chair, said that it is a great time to be hosting a conference to discuss the Grand Environmental Challenges, with the recent change in our government administration. She added that the conference is also a great opportunity to share with other university faculty and students some of the UI's recent sustainability initiatives to develop a greener campus and curriculum.

For more information, go to http://www.aeespiowa.org/.

Reported in a recent issue of the Chronicle for Higher Education, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics foresees "environmental engineering experiencing 25-percent growth between 2006 and 2016."