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09-06-2012

Stanford's Dick Luthy to Speak at Clarkson University About Re-Inventing Urban Water Infrastructure

The New Horizons in Engineering Distinguished Lectureship Series at Clarkson University has announced that Dick Luthy, the Silas H. Palmer Professor and former chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Senior Fellow in the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University, will speak this month about re-inventing urban water infrastructure.

Dick Luthy (photo credit: Jeff Shaw, Stanford Engineering)Luthy will speak on Tuesday, September 18, at 2:40 p.m. in Clarkson’s CAMP Building Room 177. Refreshments will precede the lecture at 2:15 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public

The New Horizons in Engineering Distinguished Lectureship Series is dedicated to improving the understanding of important issues facing engineering and society in the 21st century.

Many cities, especially in the west, southwest and southeast, face increasing water scarcity and a mounting water crisis arising from climate change, population growth, ecosystem demands and deteriorating infrastructure. This presentation will describe collaborative research to address this crisis through more sustainable solutions to urban water use, reuse and management.

Examples will be shown of a new vision of engineered systems -- that provide decreased reliance on centralized facilities by employing distributed treatment systems that embrace energy-neutral wastewater reclamation and nutrient recovery, and of managed natural systems -- that enhance our ability to transmit, store and purify water while simultaneously restoring urban hydrology and aquatic habitat.

Examples of resource management and institutional issues will illustrate factors confronting water innovation programs as well as strategies to address these challenges. The presentation draws examples from the NSF Engineering Research Center for Re-inventing Urban Water Infrastructure -- a collaboration among UC Berkeley, Colorado School of Mines, New Mexico State University, and Stanford University.

Luthy's teaching and research focuses on environmental engineering and water quality. His research interests include physicochemical processes and applied aquatic chemistry with application to water reuse and management of contaminates in sediment.

His current projects address the role of natural systems to enhance water quality and the potential for water reuse to benefit ecosystem habitats and urban aesthetics. His research emphasizes interdisciplinary approaches to understand the environmental behavior and availability of organic contaminants and the application of these approaches to the control of contaminant bioavailability and the improvement of water and sediment quality.

Luthy is a past chair of the National Research Council's Water Science and Technology Board, and a former president of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors. He is a registered professional engineer, a Board Certified Environmental Engineer, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Read more about the in the New Horizons in Engineering Distinguished Lectureship Series at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/2010/news-release_2010-08-20-3.html .

For more information, please contact Distinguished Research Professor in Engineering Liya Regel, New Horizons in Engineering founder and chair, at lregel@clarkson.edu .

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/rluthy.jpg .]

Photo caption: Dick Luthy (photo credit: Jeff Shaw, Stanford Engineering).

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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