Plenary and Keynotes

Total Number of Plenary/Keynote Presentations = 65

“Addressing Sustainable Technologies in Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering.” Indian Geotechnical Conference, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, December 15, 2017.

“Bioreactor Landfills and Leachate Recirculation.” GEOSUL 2017, XI Simpósio de Prática de Engenharia Geotécnica da Região Sul, Bento Gonçalves, Rio Grande do sul, July 28, 2017.

“Sustainability and Life Cycle Thinking in Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering.” GEORS 2017- IX Seminario De Engenharia Geotecnica Do Rio Grande Do Sul, Universidade De Caxias Do Sul, Brazil, April 27, 2017.

“Practical Technologies for Polluted Site Remediation: USA Perspective.” The 3rd China National Symposium on Geoenvironmental Engineering, Nanjing, China, November 12, 2016.

“Sustainable Bioengineered Cover Systems for Waste Dumps and Landfills.” COBRAMSEG/SBMR 2016: XVIII Brazilian Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, October 19-22, 2016.

“Field–Scale Phytoremediation of Mixed Contaminants in Upland Area at Big Marsh Site, Chicago, USA.” International Conference on Soil and Environment, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, July 22-23, 2016.

“Climate Change, Resiliency and Sustainability: Perspectives on Engineering Challenges.” Keynote Lecture, Sustainability in Engineering IV Encontro de Engenheiros e Arquitetos do Norte do RS (EENAR2016), University of Passo Fundo-RS, Brazil, May 11, 2016.

“Urban Infrastructure: Innovation and Sustainability.” II Encontro Nacional de Tecnologia Urbana, V Simpósio de Pós-Graduação em Engenharia Urbana e o II Simpósio de Infraestrutra e Meio Ambiente, Universidade de Passo Fundo (UPF), Passo Fundo (RS), Brazil, November 12, 2015.

“Assessing Sustainability of Ground Improvement Methods: Quantitative Triple Bottom Line Framework and Case Study.” International Conference on INfrastructure Development for Environmental Conservation and Sustenance (INDECS-15), Hosur, Tamilnadu, India, October 28-30, 2015.

“Green and Sustainable Remediation: New Paradigm Shift to Cleanup Polluted Sites.” VIII Congresso Brasileiro de Geotecnia Ambiental (REGEO’ 2015) e do VII Congresso Brasileiro de Geossintéticos (Geossintéticos’ 2015), Brasília-DF, Brazil, July 19-21, 2015.

“Integrating Sustainability into Waste Containment System Design: Framework and Examples.” Global Waste Research Institute (GWRI) Geoenvironmental Engineering Symposium, Cal Poly- San Luis Obispo, CA, February 13, 2015.

“Can Solidification/Stabilization be Sustainable Technology for Remediation of Metal Contaminated Soils?” International Workshop on Solidification/Stabilization of Industrially Heavy Metal Contaminated Soils, Beijing, China, May 1, 2015.

“New Binders and Construction Methods for Solidification/Stabilization of Metal Contaminated Soils: US Perspectives.” International Workshop on Solidification/Stabilization of Industrially Heavy Metal Contaminated Soils, Beijing, China, May 1, 2015.

“Slope Stability of Waste Dumps and Landfills: State-of-the-Art and Future Challenges.” Indian Geotechnical Conference (IGC2014), Kakinada, India, December 18-20, 2014.

“Integrating Sustainability into Civil Infrastructure Design.” International Conference on Sustainable and Innovative Construction Technologies (ICSICT 2014), Karunya University, Coimbatore, India, December 15-16, 2014.

“Sustainable (Triple Bottom Line) Design of Civil Infrastructure: Case Studies.” 5th International Conference on Sustainable Built Environment (ICSBE), Kandy, Sri Lanka, December 12-15, 2014.

“Bioreactor Landfills for MSW Rapid Degradation: Modeling, Optimization and Performance.” XIV Congreso Internacional en Disposición Final de Residuos Sólidos y Perspectivas Ambientales, Pereira-Colombia, September 24-26, 2014.

“Future Directions for Electrokinetic Remediation Research.” 13th symposium on electrokinetic remediation (EREM2014), University of Málaga (UMA), Spain, September 7-10, 2014.

“Application of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for Sustainable Infrastructure Design.” International Conference on Advances in Civil Engineering for Sustainable Development, Suranaree University of Technology, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, August 27-29, 2014.

“Sustainable Landfill Biocover.” 24th Annual Solid Waste Technical Conference, The Engineering Society of Detroit & Michigan Waste Industries Association, East Lansing, MI, March 18, 2014.

“LCA and Sustainability Assessment for Selecting Deep Foundation System for High-rise Buildings.” Arab American Association of Architects and Engineers (AAAEA) Fall Conference, Hillside, IL. November 23, 2013.

“Quantifying Social Aspects of Sustainable Remediation: Classroom Examples.” Sustainable Remediation Forum (SURF) Meeting, Chicago, IL. July 25, 2013.

“Electrokinetic Remediation of Soils at Complex Contaminated Sites: Technology Status, Challenges, and Opportunities.” Symposium on Coupled Phenomena in Environmental Geotechnics (CPEG), Politecnico Di Torino, Torino, Italy. July 3, 2013.

“General Report on Case Studies on Ground Improvement and Geoenvironmental Engineering.” Seventh Case Histories in Geotechnical Engineering, Wheeling, IL. May 2, 2013.

“Use of Biochar in Landfill Cover Systems to Enhance Methane Oxidation.” Keynote Lecture, Purdue Geotechnical Society Workshop, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. April 19, 2013.

“New Approach to Assess Piping Potential in Earth Dams and Levees.” Indo-US Workshop on Strides in Infra-Development on Expansive and Soft Soils, Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad, India. June 27, 2012.

“Geotechnics for Sustainable Environment.” Feature Lecturer, GEOMO2012, Missouri University of Science & Technology, Rolla, MO; Presented 6 lectures on landfill liners/covers, bioreactor landfills, green/sustainable remediation, electrochemical remediation, and environmental nanotechnology. April 27, 2012.

“State-of-the-Practice of Characterization and Remediation of Contaminated Sites.” Keynote Lecture, GeoCongress2012-ASCE, Oakland, CA. March 26, 2012.

“Green and Sustainable Remediation of Polluted Sites.” Institute for Geo-Resources and Environment (Geological Survey of Japan), National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan. October 4, 2011.

“Emerging Trends in Remediation of Contaminated Sites in the United States.” US-Japan Workshop on Geoenvironmental Engineering, Kyoto, Japan, October 6, 2011.

“Characterization and Remediation of Contaminated Sites.” Association of Engineering Geologists, North Central Section, Chicago, IL. October 18, 2011.

Lactate-Modified Nanoscale Iron Particles for In-Situ Remediation of Organic Pollutants.” RemTEC Summit, Wheeling, Illinois. May 19, 2011.

“Geothermal Heating and Cooling Systems at UIC and Elsewhere.” ASCE Illinois Section Geo-Institute/Geotech Group Meeting. April 13, 2011.

“Nanotechnology for Site Remediation: Dehalogenation of Organic Pollutants by Nanoscale Iron Particles.” Plenary Lecture, 6th International Congress on Environmental Geotechnics, New Delhi,India. November 10, 2010.

“Foundations and Earth Retention Systems in Chicago.” Invited Presentation, Symposium on Selected Topics in Geotechnical Engineering (STINGE – 2010), J.N. Technological University, Hyderabad, India. November 4, 2010.

“Nanotechnology for Site Remediation.” Invited Presentation, National Geophysical Research Institute, Hyderabad, India. November 3, 2010.

“Electrokinetic/Electrochemical Remediation of Polluted Soils and Groundwater.” American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG)-Illinois/Indiana Section, Spring Meeting, Lisle, IL. April 22, 2010.

“Pile Foundations.” ASCE Illinois Section Young Member Group Meeting, Chicago, IL. January 20, 2010.

“Geotechnical Engineering for Pollution Control and Remediation.” Keynote Presentation, International Conference on Advances in Concrete, Structural and Geotechnical Engineering, Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani, India. October 25, 2009.

“Modeling Leachate Recirculation and Geotechnical Stability of Bioreactor Landfills: Approach and Data Needs.” Veolia Center for Research, Limay, France. October 2, 2009.

“Nanotechnology for Decontamination of Polluted Ground: Fundamentals and Applications.” Keynote Presentation, International Conference on Developments on Expansive Soils (INDEX-09), Hosur, India. August 28, 2009.

“Bioreactor Landfill Engineering: A Sustainable Approach to Manage Municipal Solid Waste.” IIT Solid Waste Conference, Chicago, IL. May 1, 2009.

“Remediation of Contaminated Subsurface Using Nanoscale Iron Particles.” Keynote Presentation, Indian Geotechnical Conference, Bangalore, India. December 15, 2008.

“Containment Wall Construction at DNAPL-Contaminated Site.” Hong Kong Institute of Engineers-Environmental Division, HKIE Headquarter, Hong Kong, May 29, 2008.

“Chemical Oxidation and Reduction of Environmental Pollutants: An Integral Component of Green Remediation.” Keynote Presentation, Adventus/Carcus/FMC Workshop on Integration of Technologies, Schaumburg, IL. March 27, 2008.

“Advances in Electrokinetic Remediation of Contaminated Sites.” Environmental Science Research Institute, School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), China. October 27, 2007.

“Integrated Electrokinetic Remediation Technologies.” Institute of Soil Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Nanjing, China. October 25, 2007.

“Nanotechnology for Contaminated Site Remediation.” International Symposium on Geo-Environmental Engineering for Sustainable Development, Xuzhou, China. October 23, 2007.

“Monitoring and Performance Assessment of Bioreactor Landfills.” Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. October 22, 2007.

“Technical Challenges to In-Situ Remediation of Polluted Sites.” First Sri Lanka Geotechnical Society International Conference on Soil and Rock Engineering, Colombo, Sri Lanka. August 9, 2007.

“Electrokinetic Delivery of Nanoscale Iron Particles for Remediation of Pentachlorophenol in Clay Soil.” 6th Symposium on Electrokinetic Remediation, Vigo, Spain. June 14, 2007.

“Performance Assessment of Bioreactor Landfills.” Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists-North Central Section Meeting, Chicago, IL. March 20, 2007.

“Geotechnical Aspects of Bioreactor Landfills.” Keynote Presentation, Indian Geotechnical Conference, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India. December 15, 2006.

“Physical and Chemical Groundwater Remediation Technologies.” NATO Advanced Study Institute on Overexploitation and Contamination of Shared Groundwater Resources: Management, (Bio)technological, and Political Approaches to Avoid Conflicts, Varna, Bulgaria. October 9, 2006.

“Enhanced Aquifer Recharge.” NATO Advanced Study Institute on Overexploitation and Contamination of Shared Groundwater Resources: Management, (Bio)technological, and Political Approaches to Avoid Conflicts, Varna, Bulgaria. October 7, 2006.

“Remediation of Contaminated Sediments.” Workshop on Remediation at 5th International Congress on Environmental Geotechnics, Cardiff, Wales, UK. June 29, 2006.

“Technologies for Contaminated Sediment Remediation.” 3rd International Symposium on Contaminated Sediments, Shizuoka, Japan. May 24, 2006.

“Integrated Electrochemical Remediation of Contaminated Sites: Challenges and Opportunities.” Colloquium Honoring Dr. Tamas Meggyes, Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM), Berlin, Germany. February 24, 2006.

“Dynamic Water Balance and Geotechnical Stability of Bioreactor Landfills.” Workshop on Waste Containment, Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM), Berlin, Germany. February 21, 2006.

“Soil and Geosynthetic Liner Systems for Municipal Solid Waste Landfills.” Keynote Presentation, INDEX 2006-International Conference on Infrastructure Development on Expansive Soils, Erode, India. February 2, 2006.

“Interface Shear Behavior of Landfill Composite Liners.” Keynote Presentation, Japan-Korea Workshop on Geoenvironmental Engineering, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea. June 4, 2005.

“Subsurface Contaminant Remediation: Regulations and Case Studies.” Keynote Presentation, Indian Geotechnical Conference, Warangal, India. December 19, 2004.

“Geoenvironmental Engineering for Pollution Control and Remediation.” Keynote Presentation, Symposium on Awareness of Geoenvironmental Engineering, J.N. Technological University, Kukatpally, Hyderabad, India. December 14, 2004.

“Geoenvironmental Engineering: Challenges and Opportunities.” Keynote Presentation, National Symposium on Advances in Geotechnical Engineering (NSAGE-2004), Indian Institute of Sciences, Bangalore, India. July 23, 2004.

“In-Situ Air Sparging for Contaminated Groundwater Remediation: Effects of System Variables.” Keynote Lecture, Fall Meeting of Korean Society of Soil and Groundwater Environment, Jeju, Korea. September 26, 2003.

“Assessment and Remediation of Contaminated Sites.” Keynote Presentation, Indian Geotechnical Conference, Allahabad, India. December 21, 2002.

“Geotechnics of Contaminated Site Remediation and Waste Containment: An Overview.” Keynote Presentation, Indian Geotechnical Conference, Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay, India. December 12, 2000.