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Dr. Qilin Li: Rice University


Qilin Li is an Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and Materials Science and Nanoengineering at Rice University.  Dr. Li received her B.E. degree in Environmental Engineering from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Environmental Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and her post-doctoral training at Yale University.  Dr. Li’s research focuses on advanced technologies for water and wastewater treatment and reuse including adsorption, membrane separation, advanced oxidation and environmental nanotechnology, novel desalination methods, environmental fate and transport of contaminants, and environmental impact of nanotechnology. She has published more than 80 articles in leading environmental engineering journals and several book chapters and technical reports. She has led many research projects funded by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the WateReuse Foundation, the United Nations, and industry. Dr. Li currently serves as the chair for the IWA Nano&Water Specialist Group Managing Committee, the Associate Director for Research for the NSF Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment (NEWT), and is a member of the U.S. EPA Science Advisory Board’s Environmental Engineering Committee. She was the recipient of the Shenzhen Pengcheng Distinguished Scholarship, NRC Summer Faculty Fellowship, Roy E. Campbell Faculty Development Award, ES&T Super Reviewer and Excellence in Review awards, American Water Works Association (AWWA) Water Quality and Technology Conference Best Paper Award, Parsons Engineering Science/AEESP Best Doctoral Thesis Award, and AWWA Larson Aquatic Research Award. 


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Dr. Isabel Escobar: University of Kentucky


Isabel Escobar is a Professor in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Escobar holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Central Florida. She was also an EPA STAR Fellow. Escobar joined the University of Kentucky in August of 2015, after spending fifteen years at the University of Toledo. Dr. Escobar’s research focuses on developing and/or functionalizing polymeric membrane materials for water treatment and water reuse operations. She and her research group have published over 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals, and have made over 100 presentations at national/international conferences. She has edited two books, Sustainable Water for the Future—Water Recycling versus Desalination (ISBN: 9780444531155) and Modern Applications in Membrane Science and Technology (ISBN: 9780841226180). In 2009, Isabel Escobar was awarded the Northwest Ohio YWCA Milestone Award for Education and the Toledo 20 Under 40 Leadership Award. Also in 2009, she became the Associate Editor of Environmental Progress and Sustainable Energy Journal, a quarterly publication of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. In 2011, she received the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Separations Division FRI/John G. Kunesh Award. During the 2014 water crisis in Lake Erie, Isabel Escobar participated in the community outreach in addressing and responding to the issues, and has made numerous media appearances, including the Wall Street Journal, NPR and Al Jazeera America.  In September of 2015, Escobar gave a TEDx talk on Worldwide Water Issues. Escobar is currently the President of the North American Membrane Society.


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Dr. David Mazyck: University of Florida

David Mazyck is a Professor of Environmental Engineering Sciences at the University of Florida. He recently served as the Interim Associate Dean of the Graduate School and Director of the Graduate Minority Program.  He holds a Ph.D. from Penn State University in Environmental Engineering.  His research focuses on the tailoring of sorbents for the purification of water and air including research areas of adsorption and photocatalysis to custom build particles for the development of robust treatment systems requiring less energy.  Several of these technologies have been commercialized through small businesses started by Dr. Mazyck.  Additional appointments include previous technology lead for a NASA commercialization center and appointment by the World Coal Association (1 of 5 globally) to the United Nations to assist with a Global Treaty on Mercury.  

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Dr. Stacey Standridge: Staff Scientist, National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO)


As a member of the NNCO contract staff, Stacey Standridge promotes collaboration on nanotechnology activities among public and private stakeholders, both domestically and internationally. She coordinates the Nanotechnology Signature Initiatives on water, sensors, and informatics, and has served as Project Manager for the 2014 and 2016 National Nanotechnology Initiative Strategic Plans. Stacey has a Ph.D. in chemistry from Northwestern University and a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Oregon. 

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