Lecturers

Eminent experts in key topics of the course will teach at the course. In the following a list of them is provided:

 

George A Ekama, PhD, has 35 years research experience into activated sludge systems at the University of Cape Town. Over the years he has been at the forefront of developments in BNR activated sludge systems modelling, filamentous bulking, secondary settling tank design and modelling. He has published over 150 research papers on these subjects and he and his research group have been co-authors of 4 of the International Water Association (IWA) Scientific and Technical Reports (STR) on activated sludge modelling, community analysis and secondary settling tanks. He has been visiting Professor at Virginia Tech, University of Padua and the UNESCO- IHE in Delft, teaching graduate courses on wastewater treatment.
Giorgio Mannina is Professor of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering at the Department of Civil, Environmental, Aerospace, Materials Engineering, University of Palermo. He has a degree in Civil engineering (University of Palermo) and a PhD in Hydraulic engineering (University of Catania). Since 2016 he is a member of the Scientific council at Palermo University. In 2012 he received the Early Career Research Excellence Award by the International Environmental Modelling and Software Society. In 2014 he became a member of the iEMS Board of Directors. He is the author or co-author of over 150 papers. His activities involves collaborations with scientists from neighbouring disciplines such as hydrology, environmental chemistry and microbiology, process and control engineering.
Hallvard Odegaard obtained his degrees (1969) in Civil Engineering and PhD (1975) in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTH). Since 1977 he has been professor in Water and wastewater treatment at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway. Since 2011 he is Professor Emeritus at the NTNU. He has spent extended periods as a guest professor and visiting researcher at universities and research center as EAWAG, Sweden (1991), Hokkaido University, Japan (1999), CSIRO – Molecular Science, Melbourne (2000). He has received several prizes and awards. In 2011 he was assigned from the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav as Knight of 1st Class – 2011.
Gustaf Olsson is Professor in Industrial Automation and Professor Emeritus at Lund University, Sweden since 2006. He has devoted his research to control and automation in water systems, electrical power and process industries. He has served in various positions within IWA, the International Water Association (Director, Honorary member). He has received the Lund University pedagogical award for “distinguished achievements in the education”. The Lund University engineering students have elected him as the “teacher of the year”. In 2010 he received the IWA Publication Award. He has spent extended periods as a guest professor and visiting researcher at universities and companies in the USA, Australia, Japan, Malaysia, and China. He has authored six books and more than 160 scientific publications.
Peter Vanrolleghem obtained his degrees in Bio-engineering and PhD in Environmental Technologies from Ghent University (Belgium). In 2006 he immigrated in Quebec as holder of the Canada Research Chair on Water Quality Modelling. He is full professor at the Civil and Water Engineering Department of Université Laval. His research focuses on urban wastewater systems and tackles challenges such as nutrient, micropollutants and greenhouse gases, by developing and using mathematical models, automated monitoring stations, process control and in-house pilot- and full-scale experimental work. He is chair of WEF’s Modeling Expert Group of the America’s (MEGA) and is Member of WEF’s House of Delegates, representing Québec. He is member of IWA’s Board of Directors and is co-chair of a number of Task Groups.