Carnegie Mellon Engineering




Washington Speaker Series: Speakers

The Water-Energy Nexus: Protecting Water Quality and Providing Energy

 

Panel Moderator

Pradeep K. Khosla
Dean of the College of Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University

 

Guest Speaker

William D. Magwood
Commissioner
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)

 

Panel

David A. Dzombak
Walter J. Blenko, Sr. University Professor of Environmental Engineering
Faculty Director of the Steinbrenner Institute of Environmental Education and Research
Carnegie Mellon University

Ben Grumbles
President
Clean Water America Alliance

Eladio M. Knipping
Senior Technical Manager, Environment Sector
Electric Power Research Institute

Jeffrey Kupfer
Senior Advisor
Chevron

Jeanne M. VanBriesen
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Director of the Center for Water Quality in Urban Environmental Systems
Carnegie Mellon University

 

Speaker Biographies

David A. Dzombak
Walter J. Blenko, Sr. University Professor of Environmental Engineering
Faculty Director of the Steinbrenner Institute of Environmental Education and Research
Carnegie Mellon University

David A. Dzombak is the Walter J. Blenko, Sr. University Professor of Environmental Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon, and Faculty Director of the Steinbrenner Institute of Environmental Education and Research. The emphasis of his research and teaching is on water quality engineering, environmental remediation, and energy-environment issues. For the past five years he has conducted a series of studies for the U.S. Department of Energy on evaluation of alternative sources of water for thermoelectric power plant cooling. Dzombak received his Ph.D. in Civil-Environmental Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1986. He also holds an M.S. in Civil-Environmental Engineering (1981) from Carnegie Mellon, a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Carnegie Mellon (1980), and a B.A. in Mathematics from Saint Vincent College (1980).  He is an associate editor of the leading journal Environmental Science & Technology, a member of the Science Advisory Board of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and chair of the National Academies Committee on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Water Resources Science, Engineering, and Planning. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania, a Diplomate of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

 

Ben Grumbles
President
Clean Water America Alliance

Ben Grumbles is President of the Clean Water America Alliance, a not-for-profit educational organization based in Washington, DC, and committed to uniting people and policies for water sustainability throughout the country. He has a long career in water and environmental policy, serving the public and teaching law students and environmental professionals, over the last 25 years.

Most recently, he led Arizona's Department of Environmental Quality working on air quality and climate change, energy policy and waste management, water efficiency, and wastewater recycling. Regional priorities included protecting the Grand Canyon, Colorado River, and Arizona-Mexico border environment.

Grumbles served as Assistant Administrator for Water at U.S. EPA from 2003 to 2008, where he was known for using collaboration, innovation, and technology to improve environmental performance and reduce costs. He launched EPA's water efficiency labeling program, WaterSense, and initiatives on green infrastructure, water and climate change, and pharmaceuticals. He carried out and defended the nation's clean water, drinking water, ocean and coastal, and wetlands laws and worked on great waterbody collaborations from coast to coast.  From 1985 to 2001, he served in the US House of Representatives in various environmental counsel and staff director roles for the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and Science Committee.

Grumbles serves on the Board of River of Words, a national nonprofit committed to connecting kids to their watersheds and imaginations through poetry and art. He sits on the nominating committee of the Stockholm World Water Prize. He has a master's degree in environmental law from George Washington U. Law School, a J.D. degree from Emory University Law School, and a B.A. degree from Wake Forest University.

 

Pradeep K. Khosla
Dean of the College of Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University

Pradeep K. Khosla is Dean of the College of Engineering, Philip and Marsha Dowd University Professor in the College of Engineering and School of Computer Science, and Founding Director of CyLab at Carnegie Mellon. His previous positions include: Head of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Director, Information Networking Institute; Founding Director of the Institute for Complex Engineered Systems; and Program Manager at Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), where he managed a $50M portfolio of programs in real-time systems, Internet enabled software infrastructure, intelligent systems, and distributed systems.

Khosla is a consultant to companies and venture capitalists and has served on the technology advisory boards of many start-ups and currently serves on several advisory boards including Iron Leaf Capital Corporation, iNetworks LLC, ITU Ventures, and Alcoa CIO's Advisory Board. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Quantapoint Inc., BitArmor Inc., the Children's Institute, the IIT Foundation, Mellon-Pitt (MPC) Corporation, the Pittsburgh Tissue Engineering Initiative (PTEI), Doyle Center, and Pittsburgh Technology Council. He is a member of the IT advisory committee, CSIRO, Australia, and a member of ITU High Level Experts Group for the Global Cybersecurity Agenda (GCA). He has served as a member of the Strategy Review Board for Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan; Council of Deans of the Aeronautics Advisory Committee, NASA; National Research Council Board on Manufacturing and Engineering Design; and Senior Advisory Group for the DARPA Program on Joint Unmanned Combat Air Systems.

 

Eladio M. Knipping
Senior Technical Manager, Environment Sector
Electric Power Research Institute

Eladio M. Knipping is a Senior Technical Manager in the Environment Sector of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), an independent, nonprofit center for public interest energy and environmental collaborative research. His principal research activities focus on evaluating the origin and fate of environmental pollutants, with emphasis on gases, particulate matter and the atmospheric deposition of acids and nutrients. Within this field of research, Knipping conducts and manages research related to atmospheric chemistry, atmospheric and multimedia model development, ambient measurements, and air quality data analysis. Knipping also works closely with colleagues in associated environmental disciplines on the effects of air pollution on human health and the assessment of atmospheric deposition on aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. Knipping is involved in several cross-discipline initiatives evaluating the impacts of emerging technologies—such as plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, distributed energy resources, new environmental controls and innovative power plant technologies—on the electric sector and the environment.

Knipping served as a principal researcher and author of the Big Bend Regional Aerosol and Visibility Observational Study in collaboration with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Park Services, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Environmental Assessment of Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles in collaboration with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

Knipping received his B.S. degree in civil engineering from the Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic). He received both his M.S. degree in environmental engineering and his Ph.D. degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering from the University of California, Irvine.

 

Jeffrey Kupfer
Senior Advisor
Chevron

Jeffrey Kupfer is a senior advisor for government affairs at Chevron. He handles a variety of issues, including unconventional gas development. He recently served as a member of the Pennsylvania Governor's Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission and currently serves on Maryland's Marcellus Shale Safe Drilling Initiative. Kupfer has been with Chevron since it acquired Atlas Energy, Inc., where he had been senior vice president for Corporate Affairs.

Before joining Atlas in 2009, Kupfer held a number of senior level government positions. From 2006-2009, he helped to lead the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), most recently as the acting deputy secretary and chief operating officer. In that capacity, he played a central role in the development and implementation of energy policy, as well as overseeing the department’s multi-billion dollar budget and the creation of the loan guaranty program. He has traveled extensively and represented the department in numerous international forums, including leading the U.S. delegation to a few ministerial level meetings.

Before arriving at DOE, Kupfer worked in the White House as a special assistant to the president for economic policy, where he handled a variety of fiscal issues, including tax policy, and as the executive director of the President’s Panel on Federal Tax Reform. During the first term of the Bush administration, Kupfer served as the Treasury Department's deputy chief of staff. Prior to these positions, Kupfer was a counsel for the U.S. Senate Finance Committee and a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice. A native of Pittsburgh, Kupfer has an undergraduate degree from Yale and a law degree from Harvard Law School. Kupfer has been an adjunct professor of policy and management at Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College since 2009.

 

William D. Magwood
Commissioner
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)

The Honorable William D. Magwood, IV was sworn in as a Commissioner of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on April 1, 2010, to an initial term ending on June 30, 2010, and a reappointment term ending June 30, 2015.

Magwood has a distinguished career in the nuclear field and in public service. He was the longest-serving head of the United States' civilian nuclear technology program, serving two Presidents and five Secretaries of Energy from 1998 until 2005.

He served seven years as the Director of Nuclear Energy with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), where he was the senior nuclear technology official in the United States Government and the senior nuclear technology policy advisor to the Secretary of Energy. He oversaw the restoration of the Federal nuclear technology program and led the creation of "Nuclear Power 2010," "Generation IV," and other innovative initiatives—including efforts that helped reverse the decline in American nuclear technology education. Before his appointment to lead the Office of Nuclear Energy, he served four years as its Associate Director for Technology and Program Planning.  

During his tenure at DOE, Magwood was recognized as a strong advocate of international technology cooperation and served as Chairman of both the Generation IV International Forum and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Steering Committee on Nuclear Energy. After his DOE service, Magwood founded and headed Advanced Energy Strategies, a company that provided strategic advice to domestic and international organizations.

Prior to his appointments at DOE, Magwood managed electric utility research and nuclear policy programs at the Edison Electric Institute in Washington, D.C. Before that, he was a scientist at Westinghouse Electric Corporation in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Magwood holds a B.S. degree in physics and a B.A. degree in English from Carnegie-Mellon University. He also holds an M.F.A. degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

 

Jeanne M. VanBriesen
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Director of the Center for Water Quality in Urban Environmental Systems
Carnegie Mellon University

Jeanne M. VanBriesen is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Director of the Center for Water Quality in Urban Environmental Systems at Carnegie Mellon University. She received her B.S. in Education with an emphasis in Chemistry from Northwestern University. After teaching high school for several years, VanBriesen returned to Northwestern for her M.S. and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering in 1993 and 1998, respectively. VanBriesen’s research is in biological processes in environmental systems, including biotransformation of recalcitrant organics, modeling environmental systems involving complex biogeochemistry, and detection of biological agents in drinking water and natural water systems.

VanBriesen has published 38 scientific articles and given more than 100 professional presentations.  She has served on the boards of the Association for Environmental Engineering and Science Professors and the Ohio River Basin Consortia for Research and Education. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, the Colcom Foundation, the Heinz Endowments, the Packard Foundation, and the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Technology Alliance. She has supervised 11 Ph.D. dissertations and eight M.S. theses.

VanBriesen has received numerous awards, including the Pennsylvania Water Environment Association Professional Research Award in 2007, the Best Research Paper in the Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management in 2008, the Professor of the Year for the American Society of Civil Engineers Pittsburgh Chapter in 2009, and the McGraw-Hill/Association for Environmental Engineering and Science Professors Award for Outstanding Teaching in Environmental Engineering in 2009.  VanBriesen served on the National Research Council’s Committee on Water Quality in Southwestern Pennsylvania in 2002-2004. She was a selected presenter at the National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering Education in 2010 and a selected presenter at the National Academy of Engineering Indo-US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium on Infrastructure in 2008.