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iFAST Environmental Biotechnology - Day 2

Date: Dec 17, 2021

Time:  10:00 am - 12:30 pm U.S. ET
            3:00 pm - 5:30 pm GMT
            11:00 pm - (Dec.18) 1:30 am China

U.S. Eastern Standard Time

10:00 am - 10:05 am

Introduction to today’s session

Bruce Rittmann, Arizona State University

10:05 am - 10:35 am

C. Criddle is a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University and senior fellow in the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford. Criddle’s specialty is microbial biotechnology for recovery of clean water, renewable energy and renewable materials. He received his doctoral degree from Stanford and began his academic career in 1989 at Michigan State University. After returning to Stanford in 1998, he has led research teams focused on groundwater bioremediation, biological wastewater treatment, and reuse and bioplastics from organic waste feedstocks. He has many refereed publications and patents and is a co-author with award-winning San Francisco cartoonist Larry Gonick of the Cartoon Guide to Chemistry, a widely used supplement for high school and first-year college chemistry classes. At present, Criddle directs the Codiga Resource Recovery Center at Stanford. The center’s goals are to accelerate development and adoption of promising resource recovery technologies and to train and inspire a new generation of students for continued innovation.

10:35 am - 10:50 am

Dr. Freedman’s major teaching and research interests include: hazardous waste management, water and wastewater treatment, and biodegradation/bioremediation of recalcitrant organic compounds. Dr. Freedman's research focuses on the application of environmental microbiology to development of enhanced methods for biodegrading hazardous organic contaminants. Of particular interest is elucidation of biotransformation pathways and application of this knowledge to design of biological treatment processes.

Current studies include development of bioaugmentation cultures for chlorinated ethenes that grow at low pH, evaluation of bioremediation strategies to treat high concentration of halogenated methanes, use of biostimulation to enhance biogeochemical degradation of chlorinated ethenes in fractured sandstone, and studies to determine the anaerobic biodegradability of 1,4-dioxane.

10:50 am - 11:05 am

Donna E. Fennell is Professor and Chair, Department of Environmental Sciences. She is an environmental engineer/environmental microbiologist who studies biological processes in natural and engineered systems. Her work seeks to discover novel activities of microorganisms in Earth's atmosphere; understand factors controlling the activity, makeup and efficiency of microbial consortia in the waste to energy process, anaerobic digestion; and harness the power of microorganisms to treat contaminated groundwater and sediments. Her group uses interdisciplinary approaches, modeling and cutting-edge molecular and chemical tools to characterize diverse microbial environments.

11:05 am - 11:20 am

Anca Delgado is an assistant professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment and researcher in the Biodesign Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology at Arizona State University.

Delgado’s research focuses on soil and water microbial processes that sequester, recycle, and transform carbon and chlorine compounds for (i) contaminant removal, (ii) minimization of harmful chemicals in food production, (iii) improvement of soil quality, and (iv) biofuel precursor production. Delgado has spent her entire academic career at ASU, most recently completing a postdoctoral fellowship in environmental engineering. During her postdoctoral appointment, Delgado studied strategies for enhanced bioremediation by combining biodegradation and chemical oxidants for remediating soils contaminated heavy petroleum hydrocarbons. Prior to that, she received a doctorate in microbiology in 2013 and bachelor's degree in microbiology in 2008 at ASU.

(10-min break)

11:30 am - 11:45 am

Chemical, Biological & Environmental Engineering
Distinguished Professor, Environmental Engineering
College of Engineering Dean's Professor

Expertise and Interests:  Lewis Sempini’s research focuses on biological processes for the treatment of hazardous wastes, and on the fate and transport of organic contaminants in the environment. He specializes in field, laboratory, and modeling studies of both aerobic and anaerobic processes for treating chlorinated solvents and emerging contaminants. His research efforts over the past 30 years have aimed at integrating the results of field, laboratory, and modeling studies to effectively apply bioremediation technologies for the cleanup of contaminated sites.

11:45 am - 12:00 pm

Molly’s love for the environment and her determination to rid the world of polluting plastics dates all the way back to elementary school, where an exhibit at the Monterey Bay Aquarium devoted to the challenges of clam-shell packaging set off a life-long quest. Molly studied Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University before moving back to California to pursue her Ph.D. from Stanford University. While at Stanford, she joined a project funded through the Stanford Woods Institute and headed by Professors Sarah Billington and Craig Criddle to seek wood replacements within the construction industry. This led her to study the anaerobic biodegradation of biocomposites, including PHA-based materials. Molly has contributed to multiple patents and publications in the bioplastics and biocomposites industry.

During a stint consulting for venture capital, Molly was inspired to start Mango Materials based off her (and co-founder Allison Pieja’s) Ph.D. research at Stanford. At Mango Materials, Molly spearheads fundraising efforts from both public and private entities and coordinates with various strategic partners. She has been an invited presenter at numerous conferences and events all over the world, speaking about the power of Mango Materials’ technology to change the world. Molly loves going for hikes, taking pictures of flowers, and dark chocolate.

12:00 pm - 12:15 pm

Gonzalo E. Pizarro is an intellectual grand-grandson of Perry McCarthy and is Professor at the Department of Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering Civil in Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC). He received the B. Eng. and a MS Degree in from PUC and the Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison under the supervision of Daniel Noguera. Professor Pizarro has been devoted to mathematical modeling of biofilms, copper bio-corrosion in drinking water pipes using an interdisciplinary perspective, studies conducted in remote areas in Chile. Currently he serves as Dean of Undergraduate Studies at the Vicerrectory of Academic Affairs at PUC.

12:15 pm - 12:30 pm

Dr. Joseph Hughes received his PhD and MS degrees from the University of Iowa in Civil and Environmental Engineering and a B.A. from Cornell College in Chemistry. He currently holds the position of University Distinguished Professor of Engineering at Drexel University. He served as Dean of Engineering at Drexel from 2012 to 2017 and Director of the A.J. Drexel Institute for Energy and Environment from 2014 to 2019. Prior to his appointment at Drexel University, he served at Georgia Tech as the Karen and John Huff School Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the Howard T. Tellepsen Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Professor of Material Science and Engineering.  He served at Rice University at all academic ranks, including the George R Brown Chair of Engineering and Department Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He is a registered professional engineer and is a Diplomat, by Eminence, of the American Academy of Environmental Engineering and Science, and Fellow of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors.

Dr. Hughes has received awards for his teaching and research including, the Georgia Engineer of the Year in education; the McKee Medal from the Water Environment Federation; and the Walter P. Huber Research Prize from the American Society of Civil Engineers. He has been active in the National Academy of Engineering's Frontiers of Engineering program and the Grand Challenge Scholars program. He is served until March of 2018 as the Chair of the Science Advisory Board of the DOD/DOE/EPA research program SERDP, has served in advisory roles to the EPA and the NRC, and Co-Chairs the REMTEC National Conference .

He has published extensively in journals, book chapters, edited books, peer reviewed conference proceedings, and is invited to address audiences in issues ranging from his research specialties to global issues of sustainability, energy, environment, and most recently the new field of Peace Engineering.