Plenary and Keynote Presentations

  • “Biogeochemical Cover System for Mitigation of Gas Emissions at Waste Dumps and Landfills.” Indian Geotechnical Conference (IGC-2019), Surat, Gujarat, India, December 19, 2019.
  • “Electrokinetic Remediation of Mercury-Contaminated Soils.” The 17th International Symposium on Electrokinetic Remediation (EREM 2019), San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México, September 26, 2019
  • “Framework for Integrating Sustainability into Civil and Environmental Engineering Projects.” 4th International Conference on Civil, Environmental, Geology and Mining Engineering, Trabzon, Turkey, April 20, 2019.
  • “Risk, Sustainability and Resiliency Considerations in Polluted Site Remediation.” 8th International Congress on Environmental Geotechnics, Hangzhou, China, October 28, 2018.
  • “Geothermal Heating/Cooling System at University of Illinois-Chicago.” DFI Energy Foundations Seminar, University of Illinois at Chicago, September 18, 2018.
  • “Framework for Integrating Sustainability into Electrokinetic Remediation Projects.” EREM2018 XVI. International Symposium on Electrokinetic Remediation, Canakkale, Turkey, August 6, 2018.
  • “Green and Sustainable Remediation of Polluted Sites: New Concept, Assessment Tools, and Challenges.” XVI Danube – European Conference on Geotechnical Engineering, Skopje, R. Macedonia, June 7, 2018.
  • “Sustainability and Resiliency in Civil and Environmental Engineering.” 3rd International Conference on Civil and Environmental Engineering (ICOCEE), Cesme, Turkey, April 24, 2018.
  • “Role of Geochemistry in Sustainable Geotechnics.” International Conference on Environmental Geotechnology, Recycled Waste Materials, and Sustainable Engineering (EGRWSE-2018), NIT Jalandhar, March 29, 2018.
  • “Sustainability Applied Remediation of Soil and Groundwater.” VI Encontro de Engenheiros e Arquitetos do Norte do RS (EENAR), III Simpósio de Infraestrutura e Meio Ambiente (SINMA), and I Seminário de Geotecnia Ambiental, University of Passo Fundo, Brazil, March 15, 2018.
  • “Overview of Geotechnical Engineering Practice in Chicago.” International Seminar on Latest Trends in Structural Engineering and Geo-Environmental Engineering (LTSEGEE-2018), Visakhapatnam, India, March 2, 2018.
  • “Waste Management and Landfill Engineering.” International Seminar on Latest Trends in Structural Engineering and Geo-Environmental Engineering (LTSEGEE-2018), Visakhapatnam, India, March 2, 2018.
  • “Polluted Soil and Groundwater Remediation.” International Seminar on Latest Trends in Structural Engineering and Geo-Environmental Engineering (LTSEGEE-2018), Visakhapatnam, India, March 3, 2018.
  • “Addressing Sustainability in Civil Engineering.” International Seminar on Latest Trends in Structural Engineering and Geo-Environmental Engineering (LTSEGEE-2018), Visakhapatnam, India, March 3, 2018.
  • “Climate Change, Resiliency and Sustainability: Engineering Challenges for Smart Cities.” International Conference on Development of Sustainable Smart Cities, Manipal Institute of Technology & Engineering (MITE), Mangalore, India, January 3, 2018.
  • “Geoenvironmental Engineering for Pollution Control.” Indian Geotechnical Society Kolkata Chapter, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India, December 30, 2017.
  • “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.