Plenary Speaker

Veera Gnaneswar Gude, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE, D.WRE, F.ASCE, F.EWRI

Tuesday, April 4, 2023, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the Dworkin Center (DSAC), Great Hall A.

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“Valuing Water for Sustainable Future”

Water has been the central element of many civilizations and will continue to be the core commodity for sustaining economic development and public health. While water as a resource has a paramount impact on shaping our sustainable future, the invaluable resource is still undervalued in many sectors of our society. In this talk, we will highlight the different roles that water plays in our society, the economy and the environment. Innovative approaches that pave path for our sustainable water future in the wake of climate change and energy crisis will be discussed.

Veera Gnaneswar GudeAbout the Speaker:

Dr. Veera Gnaneswar Gude is NiSource-Meyer Charitable Foundation Professor of Energy and the Environment and Director of Purdue University Northwest Water Institute (PWI). He is a professional engineer and a board-certified environmental engineer.

Dr. Gude’s research focus is on the understanding of the issues at the nexus of water, energy, and the environment. He conducts both experimental investigation and theoretical assessment of various intertwined environmental problems. Water-energy nexus has been his core area of expertise which encompasses water desalination and energy-positive wastewater treatment through electrochemical and biological processes, resource recovery from waste streams, and waste to energy technologies.

Dr. Gude strives to develop resource-efficient water and energy technologies for sustainable development. He holds two U.S. patents in these technologies, and his recent research efforts focus on evaluation of the design and development of resilient and sustainable renewable (biomass in particular) energy systems for remote and isolated communities considering extreme events and disasters.