Keynote Speakers

Speaker I

Prof. Khaled M. Bali

University of California, San Diego, USA

Prof. K. M. Bali is an Irrigation/Water Management Advisor and County Director at the University of California Desert Research and Extension Center in Holtville, California. He holds a Ph.D. Degree (1992) in Soil Science (soil physics) and MS Degree (1987) in Water Science (Irrigation and Drainage) from the University of California at Davis. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree (1984) in soils and irrigation from the University of Jordan, Amman.

His main fields of scientific interest include water resources and management, water quality, irrigation systems, automation of surface irrigation, evapotranspiration, salinity, water quality, and reuse of wastewater for irrigation.

Dr. Bali a member of many professional societies as American Geophysical Union and United States Committee on Irrigation and Drainage. He is a U.S. Fulbright Scholar and served on a number of National and International Scientific Committees.


Speaker II

Prof. Charles Kinoshita

University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA

Charles Kinoshita, P.E., Ph.D., is Professor of Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering (MBBE) and Director of the Western Insular Pacific Sun Grant Subcenter, University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM). Prior to those assignments, Dr. Kinoshita served as Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs, College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources; Chair, MBBE; Director, Marine Bioproducts Engineering Center; and Researcher, Hawaii Natural Energy Institute of the University of Hawaii. He has taught courses in transport phenomena, unit operations, thermosciences, and engineering design in the Biological Engineering and Mechanical Engineering programs at UHM, and has trained practicing engineers through various professional societies. Dr. Kinoshita has led major research programs involving renewable energy, bio-based products, and the environment, and as Principal Investigator, has garnered more than $20 million in extramural research and education grant funding from federal and state agencies, international institutions, industry, and philanthropic organizations. Prior to joining the University, Dr. Kinoshita served in managerial positions at the Experiment Station of the Hawaiian Sugar Planters’ Association, and as Research Assistant at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Dr. Kinoshita has advised or consulted to numerous businesses and government agencies, locally, nationally and internationally. He received BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and a PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of California at Berkeley.


Speaker III

Prof. Jae K. Park

University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

Dr. Park is a professor of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison since 1988. He received a B.S. in Civil Engineering at Yonsei University in 1977 and a M.S. in Environmental Engineering at Seoul National University in 1979. He worked as a consulting engineer in Korea and Australia for two years after serving two and a half years of military service. He received a Ph.D. in Public Health Engineering at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom in 1985. He worked as a research associate at the Sanitary and Environmental Health Research Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley from 1985 to 1988.

Since he joined University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1988, he has taught various environmental engineering courses such as water treatment plant design, wastewater treatment plant design, biological treatment, physicalemical treatment, hazardous waste management, solids and hazardous waste engineering, industrial water pollution control, etc. His research is in the areas of water quality management and river restoration; biological treatment; hazardous waste treatment; mass transport in the environment; fate of organic compounds in water and wastewater treatment processes; computer-aided design of water and wastewater treatment plants; and reuse of scrap vehicle tires as a contaminant sorbent. His research was supported by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, municipalities, private industries, Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and various research institutes. He has served as the consultant of various governments, research institutes, utilities, universities, and industries all over the world.



Speaker IV

Prof. Laosheng Wu

University of California, Riverside, USA

Dr. Laosheng Wu is a Professor of Soil & Water Science, Agricultural Water Management Specialist, and Chair of the Department of Environmental Sciences, University of California at Riverside. He received Bachelor’s degree in Soil Science & Agrichemistry (1981) from Zhejiang University, China; Master’s degree in Soil Physics (1987) from Oregon State University; and Ph.D. degree in Soil Physics (1991) from the University of Minnesota.
Dr. Wu’s long-term goal is to promote safe application of lower quality water including recycled wastewater in agriculture and urban environment. His current research investigates the fate and transport of contaminants in soil and water receiving recycled wastewater application, evaluates the effect of salinity and other toxic elements from low quality irrigation water on crop growth, assesses soil quality response to recycled wastewater application, and develops optimal salinity leaching management practices for irrigated cropland.
Dr. Wu was elected as a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy in 2009; a Fellow of the Soil Science Society of America in 2010; and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2010.

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