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Kappe Lecturer: Nancy G. Love

Sponsored by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists.

Rethinking America’s Urban Water Infrastructure: Resource Efficiency, Access, and Public Health

Nancy G. Love is the Borchardt and Glysson Collegiate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Michigan

Abstract: Water infrastructure renewal is receiving significant attention today as many of our systems are meeting (or exceeding) design life. Cities in countries with well developed economies like the U.S. enjoy economic prosperity in part due to the development of heavily centralized water systems that create high levels of water quality and public health, on average. While centralized water infrastructure has served us well, Love argues that we should not be constrained to applying 20th century thinking as we plan for the future.

The current revolution in information technologies (IT: software, hardware and devices) has the potential to transform urban water infrastructure by creating more resilient and flexible hybrid systems comprised of an interacting collection of centralized and decentralized physical & IT systems. She contends that the development of IT-enabled “smart” hybrid water system solutions has the potential to: improve the efficiency with which we use resources (e.g., water, power, nutrients); enhance equitable access to water services; change consumer and provider behavior around water; and ensure that we sustain a high level of public health, even as more people live in close proximity to each other. In this talk and through the use of case studies from across different regions around the globe, she will explore these scenarios and the changing ways in which people live. As an example, one case study will include the development of “smart” distributed nutrient recovery systems that have been deployed and are being tested at the University of Michigan.

Bio: In addition to being the Borchardt and Glysson Collegiate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Michigan, Nancy G. Love is an adjunct professor at the Institute of Biotechnology at Addis Ababa University. She has BS and MS degrees in civil engineering with an emphasis on environmental engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a PhD degree in environmental system engineering from Clemson University.

Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 2:30pm to 4:00pm

John D. Tickle Engineering Building, 500
851 Neyland Dr, Knoxville, TN 37996

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Current Students, Faculty & Staff, General Public


CEE Seminar, CEE Fall 2019


Civil and Environmental Engineering

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Davis, Joseph Cameron left a positive review 9/18/2019

Very informative. The lecture reinvigorated me in my studies. Thanks !