The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Engineering is hosting the 2020 Mid-American Environmental Engineering Conference (MAEEC) on Saturday, Oct. 24. The virtual event will run from 8:40 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
The conference features civil and environmental engineering graduate students sharing research and educational experiences.
SOE Dean Cem Karacal, PhD, points out that the conference is timely considering current public issues. “Given the challenges related to climate change, the pandemic and environmental pollution, it is extremely important that scientists and engineers from this region’s universities share information and exchange ideas to discuss possible solutions to these major problems that will shape the future of mankind,” he said. “The variety of topics covered in this conference by the participating faculty and students show that there are so many facets of the environmental problems that needs to be addressed urgently. The SIUE School of Engineering, its faculty and students are proud to be host site this important conference.”
Alexandria Boehm, PhD, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University and Senior Follow at the Woods Institute for the Environment will provide the keynote presentation on “SARS-CoV-2 in Wastewater Settled Solids is Associated with COVID-19 Cases in a Large Urban Sewershed.”
“Interest in water resources management and environmental engineering have escalated in recent decades due to increasing demand, excessive use of resources and challenging sustainability, and probable impacts of future climate variability on water resources and ecosystems,” said SIUE’s Rohan Benjankar, PhD, conference chair and assistant professor of civil engineering. “This is a global issue and has to be addressed by advanced management practices based on research, engineering technology and science. The MAEEC provides a platform to faculty and students of our regional universities to share knowledge, experiences and advancement in technologies to address current issues in water resources and the environment.”
Participating institutions include SIUE, Missouri University of Science and Technology, University of Missouri Columbia, Saint Louis University, Southern Illinois University Carbondale and Washington University in St. Louis.
SIUE and the St. Louis Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers-Environmental and Water Resource Institute (ASCE-EWRI) sponsor the event.
For more information, contact Rohan Benjankar at 618-650-2814.