The American Filtration and Separations Society will host the 13th World Filtration Congress (WFC 13), April 20 – 24, 2020 at the Hilton Bayfront Hotel in San Diego, California, USA. We cordially invite you to participate in the congress, which is held once every 4 years rotating among member countries of INDEFI (International Delegation on Filtration), Austria, Australia, China, Chinese Taipei, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Japan, Nordics, UK and USA. WFC13 will have both an exhibition and technical program on Filtration and Separation (F&S). The purpose of WFC 13 is to foster a forum for scientists, engineers and practitioners in the world working on F&S to meet and share the latest advances and technologies.
The activities of WFC 13 will span a full week. The week will begin with a selection of short courses conducted on a variety of F&S topics. Short courses are either 4 or 8 hours and instructed by leading experts in the field. The following 3-1/2 day technical program will consist of over 300 orals presentations, wide selection of posters, numerous invited speeches, keynotes, and plenary sessions devoted equally to solid-liquid, solid-gas, and membrane separations, respectively. The Exhibition provides an excellent opportunity to showcase the state of-the-art technology in F&S. The afternoon of the last day will be reserved for a visit to the Carlsbad Desalination Plant and the filtration plant in Sea World, San Diego. There will be plenty of occasions to network and meet with experts and people around the world working on F&S. Do not miss this important event which is held once in every four years! See you in San Diego in April 2020.
The Pennsylvania State University, USA
Andrew Zydney is currently Bayard D. Kunkle Chair and Director of the Center of Excellence in Industrial Biotechnology at The Pennsylvania State University. Professor Zydney received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Yale in 1980 and his Ph.D. from M.I.T. in 1985. He was a faculty member at the University of Delaware from 1985 – 2001 before moving to Penn State in 2002 where he served as Department Head from 2004-2014. Professor Zydney's research is focused on the applications of membrane science and technology in bioprocessing. He has published more than 200 articles on these topics, including invited contributions to the Encyclopedia of Bioprocess Technology and the Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia. He is past recipient of the Gerhold Award for Excellence in Separation Science and the Excellence in Biological Engineering Publications Award, both from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). Professor Zydney is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Membrane Science, and he serves on the Editorial Review Board for Biotechnology and Bioengineering. He is past President of the North American Membrane Society and a current member of the Board of Directors. He was elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineers, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and AIChE. Dr. Zydney has received Excellence in Teaching Awards from both the University of Delaware and Penn State, and he is past recipient of the Distinguished Teacher Award and Outstanding Young Faculty Award from the American Society of Engineering Education.
Lydall Performance Materials, USA
Paul Marold serves as President of Lydall Performance Materials since joining the company in February 2016. Paul has over 30 years of experience in the specialty chemicals and materials businesses with over 20 of those years in the filtration space. Prior to joining Lydall, Paul has been Senior Vice President for Growth and Innovation at CLARCOR, President of CLARCOR Air Products, and Chief Operating Officer at AAF International/American Air Filter. Additionally, Paul has held executive leadership positions at Sontara and Ahlstrom.
Paul has been active with INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, for the past 15 years serving on the Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and is a past Chairman of the Board. He has also served on the Board of Directors for the National Air Filtration Association (NAFA) and the Connecticut Business and Industry Association.
Paul earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering from Penn State University and completed his post-graduate work at INSEAD. He is an avid golfer and cyclist, and he's actively involved with the Bike to Beat Cancer and MS Ride events.
University of Minnesota, USA
Professor David Y. H. Pui is a Distinguished University Professor and LM Fingerson/TSI Inc. Chair in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota, and a Presidential Chair Professor of The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen, China. He is a Member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and the Director of the world-renowned Particle Technology Laboratory at the University of Minnesota. He is also the Director of the Center for Filtration Research (CFR) consisting of 21 leading international filtration manufacturers and end users. Dr. Pui has a broad range of research experience in aerosol and nanoparticle engineering and filtration technology and has over 300 journal papers and 40 patents. He has developed several widely used commercial aerosol instruments for PM2.5 measurements. His recent interest involves developing green technologies for mitigating vehicle emissions and for urban air cleaning using the Solar Assisted Large Scale Cleaning System (SALSCS). Dr. Pui has received many awards, including the Max Planck Research Award (1993), the Humboldt Research Award for Senior U.S. Scientists (2000), the Fuchs Memorial Award (2010) -- the highest disciplinary award conferred jointly by the American, German and Japanese Aerosol Associations, and the Einstein Professorship Award (2013) by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).
Dr. Eric Hoek is an internationally recognized expert in water treatment, desalination and reuse technology R&D, commercialization and application.
Over the past 20 years, Dr. Hoek has been a UCLA environmental engineering professor and an inventor and/or founder of numerous successful water technology startups, including NanoH2O, Water Planet, PolyCera, IntelliFlux, MembranePRO and Hydrophilix. Dr. Hoek has also served as a consultant to municipal water authorities, water technology startups, hedge funds, venture capital funds, law firms, private research foundations, non-profit foundations, US federal, state and local agencies and foreign national research agencies.
As a UCLA environmental engineering professor, consultant and entrepreneur, Dr. Hoek has worked on drinking water treatment, wastewater treatment, ocean and brackish water desalination, oil & gas produced water treatment, municipal and industrial water reuse and oil spill remediation. He has over 130 peer-reviewed scientific publications, over 70 patents filed in the U.S. and internationally, and serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Nature journal npj Clean Water. Dr. Hoek has a Ph.D. in Engineering from Yale University and completed UCLA Anderson's Executive Management and Director Education & Certification Programs.
Hollingsworth & Vose Company, USA
Val Hollingsworth began his career at H&V as a Shift Supervisor and a Production Manager, then held a series of sales, marketing and business leadership positions before becoming CEO. He also worked in the Investment Banking Division of Lehman Brothers in New York. Val earned a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from Dartmouth.
Chief Technology Officer,
Dr. Smith was appointed Pall Chief Technology Officer (CTO) in August 2014. As CTO he is responsible for the management of all central technology groups. In addition his department provides Research and Product Development oversight, governance and framework for the technology groups residing within Pall’s Business Units. Prior to his appointment as CTO Dr. Smith led Pall Media (materials) R&D. Joining Pall in 2006 Dr. Smith has previously led R&D for Pall Medical.
Dr. Smith spent a number of years at GE-Whatman holding R&D and Business Development positions of increasing responsibility, ultimately attaining the senior technical position within the company. Prior to joining Pall Dr. Smith was VP of Clinical Diagnostics at Intelligent MDx Inc. a novel symptom-based Point of Care (POC) diagnostics company. He has held several technical and product development positions at various diagnostics and laboratory supply companies in both the US and Europe. Martin obtained his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from University College London, UK and is the holder of multiple US granted patents in the area of separations science. Dr. Smith has been an active Industrial Liaison Board Member for NYU-Poly, Brooklyn, NY since 2013.
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
Dr.-Ing. Harald Anlauf is Academic Director at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Institute of Mechanical Process Engineering and Mechanics and since 40 years active in the field of solid liquid separation technology. He earned his academic degrees as Chemical Engineer 1980 (Dipl.-Ing.) and 1985 (Dr.-Ing.) at Karlsruhe University. 1999-2006 he was Chairman of the VDI-GVC working party "Mechanical Liquid Separation", since 2000 Co-Chairman of the FILTECH Congress Scientific Committee. 2004-2008 he was Chairman of INDEFI and President of the 10th World Filtration Congress 2008 in Leipzig, Germany. He published more than190 technical papers, books etc. and is internationally active in giving consultations and lectures.
Filtration Group Corporation, USA
As CEO of Filtration Group Corporation, Tim leads the company's 7,000+ employees to ensure it delivers on its mission to make the world safer, healthier and more productive. Previously, he served as President of Filtration Group's IAQ Division and as Global CFO for Filtration Group.
Prior to joining Filtration Group, Tim had a 23-year career at Deloitte & Touche, LLP, which included 15 years as a partner. Most recently, he served as the Central Region Managing Partner, where he was responsible for managing a team of approximately 2,000 professionals located in 20 cities. Over the course of his career at Deloitte, Tim had several management roles, including America's Region Audit Leader, Chicago Managing Partner and was the leader of several different industry practices. He also served many of Deloitte's most prestigious clients across a wide variety of industries.
Tim is a graduate of the University of Illinois and supports a number of charitable organizations that focus on serving children and adults with special needs. Previously, he served as the President of the Board of the Angelman Syndrome Foundation and as a member of the Board of Trustees of The Field Museum.
Sichuan University in Chengdu, China
Prof. Liang-Yin CHU is a Distinguished Professor of Chang Jiang Scholars Program in the School of Chemical Engineering and the Head of Office of Scientific Research and Development at Sichuan University in Chengdu, China. He received his Ph.D. degree in 1995 from Northeastern University. Prof. Chu was promoted as a full professor of Chemical Engineering at Sichuan University in 1997 and became Director of the Sichuan Provincial Key Laboratory for Filtration and Separation in 2001. He was a research fellow at the University of Tokyo (1999-2001), a visiting scholar at Harvard University (2006-2007), ESPCI ParisTech (2007-2008) and the University of Birmingham (2011). He has received many honors and awards including Natural Science Award issued by the Ministry of Education (2003) and Sichuan Provincial Government (2015), Distinguished Young Scholar issued by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (2008), Distinguished Professor of "Chang Jiang Scholars Program” issued by the Ministry of Education (2009) , Te-Pang Hou Chemical Science and Technology Innovation Award issued by the Chemical Industry and Engineering Society of China (2013), Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry (2014), and National Technological Invention Award (2018). His teaching and research are focused on filtration and separation technologies, smart membranes, advanced functional materials, and microfluidics. He has authored and co-authored more than 400 articles, 46 patents, 5 books and 16 book chapters.
Univ.Prof. Dipl. Ing. Dr. Wilhelm Hoeflinger has studied "Mechanical Engineering" at the Vienna University of Technology (TUWien) and after some working years in industry, he becomes 1979 member of the Institute of Chemical Engineering (Vienna University of Technology, TUWien). After habilitation and appointing as Professor, he was then the head of the department "Mechanical Process Engineering". Since 2012 he is retired. He was invited visiting professor at the University of Mining and Technology, Jinan, PR China (1997), at the Ecole des Mines, St. Etienne, France (1998-2004), at the Tamkang University Taipei, Taiwan (2016), at the Institute of Chemical Technology, University Mumbai, India (2016/17). From 2013- 2018, after his retirement, he was appointed as "High level foreign Professor " at the Sichuan University Chengdu, PR China. So far, he has about 300 scientific publications, 240 presentations at scientific conferences (author or co-author) and 7 patents in the field of Particle Technology, Solid-liquid-Filtration and Dust/Aerosol Separation. He was also an appointed member of several scientific DECHEMA Processnet expert working committees in Germany and the Austrian delegate of several European Federation of Chemical Engineering (EFCE) working groups (topics named before). Also, he was appointed as the chairman of the International Delegation of Filtration (INDEFI) from 2008 -2012 and he has organized as chairman the 11th World Filtration Congress (WFC11) in 2012 in Graz, Austria. He was further the organisational and scientific chairman of 5 other international environmental conferences in Vienna. He was awarded with the gold medal from the English Filtration Society for the best publication within 1994/95 and received several awards from Germany and Austria for supervising doctor and diploma works. He is reviewer and editor of several international scientific journals.
Blue Heaven Technologies, USA
President and co-owner of Blue Heaven Technologies, a globally recognized air filter testing laboratory in Louisville KY. Bob is a degreed mechanical engineer with 40 years of experience in the design, and performance evaluation of an expansive range of air filtration and air cleaning products. He is widely published in the industry and holds patent and design awards for air filtration product and process developments.
He remains active in standards writing and development through involvement with ASHRAE, ASTM, and ISO. He is deeply involved with research and project work on a variety of domestic and global testing protocol objectives including representing U.S. interests in a technical advisory group role.
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
Achim Dittler is Professor of Mechanical Process Engineering and Head of the Gas-Particle-Systems Group at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany. Teaching and research focus on fundamentals and processes of gas-borne particle systems. Key aspects are processes of aerosol generation, handling and separation.
Prior to joining the KIT, Achim worked at Daimler for more than 15 years where he was involved in research, project-coordination and development of diesel particle filters and combined aftertreatment systems as well as vehicle integration and real-drive emission measurements from which he gained a sound experience in the area of exhaust gas aftertreatment. He was part of a team developing and introducing the DPF-technology for trucks with EPAO7 in the US and was working in the development of a global module strategy for exhaust aftertreatment systems. In addition to his industrial activities, he was an associate lecturer at the University of Wuppertal, Germany from 2013-17.
Achim has a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the Universität Karlsruhe (TH). He received 2 SAE awards for substantial contribution and excellence in oral presentation and serves in many committees in the field of gas cleaning and exhaust gas aftertreatment.He has more than 95 publications in the fields of thermal process engineering, gas cleaning and exhaust gas aftertreatment and was involved in more than 20 patents.
Virginia Commonwealth University, USA
Hooman Tafreshi is Qimonda Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University. He has been an active member of the American Filtration and Separation Society (AFS) since 2004, and has been recognized for his research on fluid and particle transport through fibrous materials and droplet–fibers interactions. Dr. Tafreshi’s research is published in more than 130 peer-reviewed archival publications in the field.
University of Rochester, USA
Professor McGrath holds degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Arizona State (BS) and MIT (MS) and earned a PhD in Biological Engineering from Harvard/MIT's Division of Health Sciences and Technology in 1998. He then trained as a Distinguished Post-doctoral Fellow in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University. Since 2001, Professor McGrath has been on the Biomedical Engineering faculty at the University of Rochester where he directed the graduate program in BME for a decade and now serves as the Associate Director of the microfabrication and metrology core (URNano). While historically, Professor McGrath's research was focused on the phenomena of cell migration, since 2007 he has been leading an interdisciplinary, multi-institutional team that is developing and applying ultrathin porous membrane technologies. Professor McGrath is a co-founder, current director and past president of SiMPore Inc., a company founded to commercially manufacture silicon nanomembranes. In 2015 he was elected as a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). He has co-authored 11 issued and pending patents and more than 70 scientific publications.
Peter has been in the water and wastewater treatment industry for 43 years, and has had his own consulting engineering company since 1980. He has delivered over 300 lectures and written the same number of articles on water/wastewater treatment technologies. He was the 2016 Distinguished McEllhiney Lecturer for the National Groundwater Assn. and is an active member of most of the water related organizations.
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Prof. Rong Wang is a Full Professor and Chair in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore since 2014. She has also been leading Singapore Membrane Technology Centre (SMTC) for 10 years.
Prof. Wang is an expert in Membrane Science and Technology, with focuses on research, innovation and technology translation. In particular, she specializes in developing novel membranes such as osmosis membrane, aquaporin-based biomimetic membrane and low-pressure nanofiltration membrane, etc. for water, energy and environments.
Prof. Wang has over 250 peer-reviewed SCI journal publications (citation: >11,000; H-index: 60 @ Web of Science). She is the inventor of 25 patents/technical disclosures for novel membrane fabrication. Two NTU's spin-off companies and two industrial licensing resulted from her inventions. She is an Editor of the Journal of Membrane Science, and sits in the Editorial Board of Desalination. She is the founding President of Membrane Society in Singapore (MEMSIS), and a member of the Steering Committee, World Association of Membrane Societies.
Prof. Wang received a prestigious "Alternative Water Prize” from Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water (PSIPW) of Saudi Arabia in 2016, and was featured among the top 25 leading water researchers globally by Lux Research in 2013. She also received Singapore Minister for National Development R&D Award in 2013 and Nanyang Research Award in 2018.
CEO Freudenberg Filtration Technologies, Germany
Career: With Freudenberg in various leadership positions since 1997
Education: Master Industrial Engineering University of Karlsruhe, Germany PhD Business Administration University of Mannheim, Germany
Evoqua Water Technologies, USA
As executive vice president and chief growth officer, Snehal Desai leads and is responsible for Evoqua Water Technologies' corporate strategy, corporate development and M&A, RD&E, strategic marketing, corporate and marketing communications, and the Company's smart water efforts. With extensive knowledge of industry trends and cutting-edge technology, Desai is a premier advocate for efficient water management, innovation, sustainability and market-orientation.
In his previous role as global business director for Dow Water & Process Solutions, Snehal was responsible for developing and implementing the growth strategy for the business and leading approximately 1,700 employees worldwide. Earlier in his career at Dow where he worked for more than 20 years across two periods, Snehal held various positions in sales, marketing, business development, and technical service and development.
A chemist by training, Desai has spent more than 30 years in the water, chemical, plastics and renewable materials space. Prior to Dow, Snehal led commercial and business development for Segetis, a startup focused on developing novel bio-based chemicals and was vice president and chief marketing officer of NatureWorks LLC, the first company to offer a family of commercially available low- carbon-footprint polymers.
He received bachelor's degrees in chemistry and chemical engineering from the University of Michigan and an M.B.A. from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. He is also on the board of directors of the US Water Alliance.
Tsinghua University, China
Dr. Yao is a Professor in the Department of Energy and Power Engineering at Tsinghua University. He received his B.S.E.E in Thermal Engineering at Tsinghua University in 1983, his M.S.E.E in Thermal Engineering at Tsinghua University in 1986, and his Ph.D. in Engineering Thermophysics at Zhejiang University in 1992. He was on the faculty of Zhejiang University from 1986 to 1999, and has been a Yangzi distinguished Professor at Tsinghua University since 1999.
His teaching and research are focused on energy and energy related environment issues; combustion theory and technology; clean coal technology; combustion emission and its control especially the formation and control of particulate matters; solid fuels and waste to energy; biomass energy and solar thermal energy.
Michael Wynblatt, Chief Technology Officer for Donaldson, has over 20 years' experience in innovation and the commercialization of new technologies and ideas. At Donaldson, Michael leads the technology strategy for the enterprise, and as well as the centralized engineering teams, which include Advanced R&D, Modeling and Simulation, Data Science, Innovative Business and Laboratory services. Prior to joining Donaldson, Michael was Vice President of Innovation and Emerging Technologies at Ingersoll Rand, where he developed and deployed an innovation system consisting of processes, tools and training programs to improve innovation capability. While under Michael's leadership, Fortune Magazine acknowledged Ingersoll Rand as the #9 most admired company for innovativeness, on the same list as Google, Apple and Amazon. Previously, Michael served as Vice President of the Innovation Center at Eaton corporation, and as Chief Technology Officer at Siemens Technology-to-Business Center, which he co-founded. Michael's teams have brought numerous innovations to market, winning a number of recognitions, including: Design News' Golden Mousetrap Award, Inc 500's Fastest Growing Companies, Deloitte's Technology Fast 500, Postal Technology's Automation Technology of the Year, Red Herring's Global 100, R&D Magazine's R&D 100, and the EE Times' Silicon 60. Michael holds a Ph.D. in computer science from Stony Brook University, and a BSE in computer engineering from the University of Michigan.
William H. Fissell, MD is the medical lead on The Kidney Project, a multicenter and multiyear NIH-funded project and interdisciplinary effort involving doctors, scientists, and engineers from a dozen universities and companies around the United States to create the first implantable artificial kidney.
Dr. Fissell graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with dual degrees in Physics and Electrical Engineering. As an undergraduate, he worked in MIT's Center for Space Research developing the spectrometers that are the core of NASA's Chandra Observatory.
Years later, in his Internal Medicine Residency after medical school at Case Western Reserve University, Dr. Fissell was struck by the similarity between the filtration structures of the kidney and the structures that form Chandra's High Energy Transmission Grating and wondered if nanotechnology could be harnessed to build a biomimetic filtration membrane to improve kidney dialysis.
Dr. Fissell went on to complete his nephrology fellowship at University of Michigan under Dr. H. David Humes, inventor of the Renal Assist Device, the world's first true bioartificial kidney. Before joining Vanderbilt University in 2012, Dr. Fissell directed the Renal Nanotechnology Laboratory at Cleveland Clinic.
Dr. Fissell is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Biomedical Engineering at Vanderbilt University, where he directs research in artificial organs, tissue engineering, pharmacokinetics, and dialysis in acute kidney injury. He also teaches nephrology in acute and chronic care settings at Vanderbilt University Medical Center Hospital.
Dr. Rolchigo began his career in 1988 as Vice President of Technology at Membrex, a venture start-up company that developed novel separation technologies for wastewater treatment and biotechnology. In 1998, Osmonics acquired Membrex and Dr. Rolchigo became Vice President of Research & Development. In 2000 he was promoted to Chief Technology Officer. After the acquisition of Osmonics by GE Water & Process Technologies in 2003, Dr. Rolchigo continued in this role until being promoted to Water Technologies’ Business Program Manager working for GE’s corporate CTO at their Global Research Center in 2006. Dr. Rolchigo joined Pentair, a global industrial company in January 2007 and is currently their Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer.
With deep expertise in water and other environmental treatment technologies, Rolchigo leads Pentair's Global Research, Development and Engineering functions. He is responsible for developing and driving new product development processes to catalyze innovation, managing Pentair's global R&D centers, and developing Pentair’s Global Technology Strategy. In 2013 Pentair was named by Forbes Magazine as one of the top 100 most innovative companies in the world.
As a recognized thought leader in the field of water and wastewater treatment technologies, he served on the National Academy of Sciences’ Advancing Desalination Technology committee which published a comprehensive summary and forward thinking book on the desalination market and technologies entitled “Desalination, A National Perspective.” He previously served on the Board of Directors for the WateReuse Foundation from 2007-2013 and currently sits on a number of advisory boards including the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation’s Research Advisory Council.
Dr. Rolchigo has received 20 US Patents with 21 new US Patents Pending. He has received several awards including the WateReuse Foundation’s award for outstanding service for his commitment to advancing the science of desalination and water reuse, Pentair’s Business Innovation Award and GE Water & Process Technologies’ Leadership Award for Technical Innovation.
Phil Rolchigo received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Rochester in 1983 and his Ph.D. in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1988. During his tenure at Membrex, he also served as an Industrial Research Affiliate in Chemical Engineering at MIT from 1990 to 1992.
Ashlstrom Munkjso, USA
Willy Bordignon is Vice-President Filtration & Performance Americas at Ahlstrom-Munkjso since 2016. He started his career in Ahlstrom in 1995, in Brazil, responsible for Sales for the Filtration Business Area in South America. During the years held different management positions in the company including Sales, Plant Management, Global Product Development, Global Product Management & Marketing and Business Unit Management. He received his Bachelor of Engineering from University of Campinas in Brazil in 1992 and his MBA in 2009 from Fundacao Dom Cabral / Kellogg School of Business.
WesTech Engineering, Inc., USA
Ralph Cuter is President of WesTech Engineering, Inc., headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. WesTech is an internationally recognized liquid/solid separation company providing products and processes for: drinking water, wastewater treatment, minerals processing, petrochemical plants, and the food industry to name just a few.
Since 1982 Ralph has actively participated in, and provided for, the management of projects encompassing equipment engineering, process design, quality control, purchasing, marketing, and sales of equipment in the fields of filtration and sedimentation. His experience has been both domestic and international.
Ralph earned both his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and an Executive MBA from the University of Utah. Ralph is fluent in Spanish and conversant in Portuguese. He has authored papers, is a patent holder, and is an active member of several professional engineering societies.
Nitto Denko Avecia Inc, USA
In 2017 Dr. Karsten Keller started as Director Technology Innovation & Improvement Management at Nitto Denko Avecia Inc. He is responsible for new technology introduction and constant improvements in Avecia’s Oligonucleotide production.
Karsten has been 19 years with DuPont in the Corporate Science & Innovation department and was responsible for open innovation and university relations globally. He was working to match science needs of DuPont with outside opportunities from universities, national labs and start-ups.
Previously, he was Associate Director, R&D Engineering, at the DuPont Nutrition & Health business. He has research leadership experience across a broad platform to innovate process technologies, ranging from nonwovens and particle technology to separation and advanced modeling.
Dr. Keller is the recipient of the DuPont Sustainability Award and is an Engineering Fellow of the Nutrition & Health business. He is the inventor of over 10 patents and has published more than 100 scientific articles. Dr. Keller was the Frank Tiller Award winner in 2005, recognized for leadership in engineering and education. He has acted as advisor to Ph.D. candidates at MIT. He is currently a process innovation adjunct professor at University Freiberg, Germany. Before joining DuPont he led his own engineering consulting company for six years. Dr. Keller received his doctorate in chemical engineering from University of Karlsruhe, Germany.
Mihail Barboiu graduated from University Politehnica of Bucharest and received his PhD in 1998 from the University of Montpellier before spending 2 years as post-doctoral researcher at the University Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg. He is CNRS Research Leader at the Institut Europeen des Membranes in Montpellier and Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry. Since 2014 he is also Extraordinary Professor in Sun-Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China. A major focus of his research is Dynamic Constitutional Chemistry toward Dynamic Interactive Systems: adaptive biomimetic membranes, delivery devices etc. Author of more than 215 scientific publications, 3 books and 20 chapters and 310 conferences and lectures, Dr Barboiu has received in 2004 the EURYI Award in Chemistry and in 2015 the RSC Surfaces and Interfaces Award for the development of Artificial Water Channels.
University of Waterloo, Canada
Dr. X. Feng is a University Research Chair and Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Waterloo. His research is focused on membranes and membrane separation processes. He is currently on the Editorial Boards of "Journal of Membrane Science" and "Separation and Purification Technology," the premier journals in the field. He also serves as a Subject Editor for "Chemical Engineering Research and Design."
His research to date has resulted in 14 patents and 160+ refereed journal papers, plus numerous conference presentations (including Plenary Lectures and Keynote presentations) and seminars/lectures at companies and research institutions worldwide. Some of the technologies he developed are being exploited commercially. He is a recipient of numerous awards, including the Premier’s Research Excellence Award (2005), the University of Waterloo Outstanding Performance Awards (2006, 2010 and 2014) and Faculty of Engineering Distinguished Performance Awards (2002, 2005 and 2013).
LUT University , Finland
Professor Antti Häkkinen holds a professorship in Solid/Liquid Separation at LUT University (Finland) and heads a group of 10 researchers from doctoral students to post-doctoral researchers. Professor Häkkinen has worked on various issues related to solid/liquid separation and characteristics of filter materials and particulate materials for over 15 years and is an expert in filtration of mineral concentrates, tailings and biomaterials and has extensive experience in combining various chemical engineering phenomena, e.g. crystallization, classification, dissolution and chemical reactions, and empirical modelling with solid/liquid separation. The research group is in its field the only academic research group operating in Finland and is well networked internationally.
Professor Häkkinen has co-authored more than 60 publications in international peer reviewed journals and has presented over 90 papers at international scientific conferences. He has been the chairman of the Nordic Filtration Society (2009 – 2010 & 2014 - 2015) and was a council member of The Filtration Society (UK) from 2010 until 2014. He is a regular reviewer to several international journals and conferences in the field of separation technology, mining and metallurgical engineering.
Professor, Department of Bioengineering & Therapeutic Sciences Director, Biodesign Laboratory Technical Director, The Kidney Project Faculty Director, Master of Translational Medicine Graduate Program UCSF-UC Berkeley Joint Graduate Group in Bioengineering UCSF Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine, USA
Dr. Roy is a bioengineer whose research is dedicated to the development of biomedical devices to address unmet clinical needs through the application of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and related nanotechnology. He is the director of the Biodesign Laboratory and held the Harry Wm. and Diana V. Hind Distinguished Professorship in Pharmaceutical Sciences II in the UCSF School of Pharmacy and is a faculty affiliate of the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3). His research focuses on fabrication of silicon membranes, surface modification of MEMS substrates to enhance biocompatibility, and wireless sensors for physiological monitoring. He is the technical director of The Kidney Project, a national research project to create a small, surgically implanted, and free-standing bioartificial kidney to treat end stage renal disease (ESRD). In addition, he is a founding member of the UCSF Pediatric Device Consortium, which has a mission to accelerate the development of innovative devices for children’s health. Before joining UC San Francisco in 2008, Dr. Roy co-directed the BioMEMS Laboratory in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. He has a PhD in electrical engineering and computer science from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.
Scientific Advisor, IFTS, France
Dr. Roger Ben Aïm got his M. Sc. degree in Chemical Engineering then his PhD at the University of Nancy ( France) in 1970. He was successively Associate Professor and then Professor at the Universities of Montpellier (France), Institute of Chemical engineering at the University of Toulouse (France), University of Technology of Compiegne (France) where he chaired the department of chemical engineering department, and finally at INSA Toulouse where he retired in 2001 and got the position of Professor Emeritus till 2008. Since 1972, he dedicated his academic research activity to liquid solid separation processes in water and wastewater treatment focussing it progressively on Membrane processes (Membrane Bioreactor, tertiary treatment, pretreatment before RO desalination). He supervised more than 50 PhD students and published with his students and former students in international journals and conferences.
In 1981, he founded IFTS, a technical research Centre on Filtration and Separation techniques in which he is presently Scientific Advisor. Since the 70’s, he has been strongly involved in International Water Association (Particle Separation, Membrane Technology, Water Reuse specialist groups) being presently Distinguished Fellow and a member of the Strategic Council. He has strong international activity through collaborative research and projects in which he is involved in Australia, Korea, China, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia (KAUST).
He is a Distinguished Fellow and member of the strategic committee of international Water Association.
University of California, USA
Baoxia Mi is an associate professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of California, Berkeley. She received BS and MS from Tianjin University in China, Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a postdoctoral training at Yale University. She directs the research and educational activities of the Membrane Innovation Lab, studying physicochemical and biological processes with emphases on advanced membrane processes and nanotechnology. Dr. Mi's recent achievements include an NSF CAREER Award and invited speaker at the US NAE Frontiers of Engineering Symposium.
Chung Shan Medical University, Taiwan
Professor H.H. (Anna) Tseng is a full professor and former chairperson of Department of Occupational Safety and Health at Chung Shan Medical University (CSMU), Taiwan. She graduated in Chemical Engineering in 1997, and earned her M.S. in 2000 and Ph.D. in 2003 from Department of Environmental Engineering at National Chung Hsing University (NCHU) with an expertise of air pollution control and energy applications. With a solid training from both chemical engineering and environmental engineering, Anna devoted herself to the research and development on circular economy and green processes for more than 20 years. Recent research topics include development of the inorganic membranes and nanomaterials for hydrogen production/purification and carbon dioxide capture; design of the mixed-matrix membranes for vapor permeation, gas separation as well as oily wastewater treatment; and design of the antifouling membranes for metal recovery and water recycling from industrial effluents. She has received many awards and honors including Distinguished Young Scholar Research Grant issued by the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) of Taiwan (2014-2017 and 2017-2020), Outstanding Academic Talent Award in 2013-2019 issued by the MOST, and Outstanding Academic Talent Award in 2012 issued by the Ministry of Education (MOE) of Taiwan. Professor Tseng also actively participates in the governmental and international affairs, she was invited to serve as assessor for environmental protection administration (EPA) in Taiwan and was invited to serve as moderates or invited/keynote speakers in many international conferences including WFC12 in 2016, ISIM9 in 2018 and ICIM16 and WFC13 in 2020.
The technical program of WFC 13 will be 3 1/2 days of sessions featuring four tracks focused on gas-solid separation/filtration, liquid-solid separation/filtration, membrane separations and processes and filter media.
The 13th World Filtration Congress will be held at the Hilton Bayfront Hotel in San Diego. The Hilton is in the heart of downtown San Diego and within walking distance to the Historic Gaslamp District. All conference activities will take place at the hotel. Make your reservations early so that you can make the most of networking opportunities taking place at the hotel.
Connect with senior managers, end-users, and decision makers who are recognized in the field of filtration and separation. Bring additional awareness to your company through the many conference sponsorship opportunities. The menu of sponsorship items was created to fit every budget. The WFC 13 and Exhibition provides a perfect forum to meet with thousands of professionals in the filtration industry who are interested in your products and services. Make new connections. Unveil a new product. Build profitable partnerships. Create awareness. Reinforce loyalty. Networking and connecting with this audience are great ways to build relationships with current and future clients.