Keynote Speakers

Dr. Lee Blaney

Dr. Lee Blaney received his BS and MS degrees in Environmental Engineering from Lehigh University. In 2011, he finished his PhD at the University of Texas at Austin and started as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical, Biochemical, and Environmental Engineering at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2017. At UMBC, Lee has established a research program focused on (1) the occurrence, fate, transport, and toxicity of contaminants of emerging concern in natural and engineered systems and (2) development of innovative technologies for recovery of critical resources, such as nitrogen and phosphorus, from agricultural and municipal waste. He has patents pending for the Phosphorus Extraction and Recovery System (PEARS) and Nutrient Extraction and Recovery Devices (NERDs). He is the recipient of the Maryland Outstanding Young Engineer Award, the National Science Foundation Career Award, and the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors Award for Outstanding Teaching in Environmental Engineering and Science. Lee is currently on sabbatical as a Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China.

Dr. Sachchida Nand Tripathi

Dr. Sachchida (Sachi) Nand Tripathi currently holds Rajeeva and Sangeeta Lahri Chair and Higher Administrative Grade (HAG) Professor position in Civil Engineering Department at Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. He had his Ph.D. from Reading University and post-docs at Bhabha Atomic Research Center and Oxford University. He obtained his B. Tech. in Civil Engineering from IIT-BHU (Formerly IT-BHU). He has been a Senior Fellow at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Sachchida Nand Tripathi has been awarded NASI-SCOPUS young scientist award 2009 in Earth Sciences, Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award 2014 in Earth, Atmosphere, Ocean and Planetary Sciences and is an elected fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineering and The National Academy of Sciences India. He has also been conferred with Distinguished Alumnus award of Banaras Hindu University. In 2018 UP Government conferred upon him the maiden UP Ratna award on the UP Foundation day. He has visiting Professor assignments to many universities including University of Tokyo (Japan), Orleans University (France) and Georgia Institute of Technology (USA). He has contributed to numerous high profile scientific investigations, such as showing how aerosols are affecting the radiation over the Indian subcontinent, how they are interacting with fog and cloud, and ways to mitigate them. He has made significant contribution to our understanding of aqueous Secondary Organic Aerosol production via fog processing.

Dr. Babu Alappat

Dr. Babu Alappat holds a B.Tech (in Civil Engineering) from University of Calicut, M.Tech (in Environmental Engineering) from University of Kerala, Ph.D (in Environmental Engineering) from IIT Bombay and a Postdoc from Ecole Des Mines, Nantes, France. He has more than 20 years of teaching and research experience in field of Environmental Engineering. Currently, Dr. Alappat is a Professor of Environmental Engineering in IIT Delhi. Also, he is a Visiting Professor in the Department of System Enegetics and Environment, IMT Atlantique, Nantes, France since 2004. He specialises on Incineration Techniques, Fluidized Bed Reactors and Solid Waste Management. He has published about 150 research papers in International & National Journals and Conferences. He is a reviewer or more than 20 International Journals. His contributions in the area of waste management includes both Incineration techniques and landfilling. The Landfill Pollution Potential Index (LPPI) and Leachate Pollution Index (LPI) developed by Prof. Alappat and his team have been in extensive use for quantifying the pollution potential of uncontrolled landfills. Also, he has worked extensively on fluidized bed incineration of liquid and solid wastes especially in Re-Circualting Fluidized Bed Reactors (RCFBs). Presently, he is active in the research on the incineration of Municipal Solid Waste for energy recovery. His research team recently formulated a technique to asses the incinerability of Municipal Solid Waste.