2017 AIChE NorCal Symposium on Food-Water-Energy Nexus

Friday, April 28, 2017, 8:00am-4:30pm PDT
Event format: 
In-Person / Local
Posted by Mahnaz Firouzi
Hyatt House
5800 Shellmound Street
Emeryville, CA 94608
United States
Symposium Description:
Key challenge facing the world is how to ensure sufficient food, water and energy security. Both industry and academia along with the developed/developing countries will have to work together to tackle this challenge. The solution will have to be synergistic and only then a task of this size would be reachable. Hence, due to the severity of the issue, this topic has been gaining wider attention and audience across several technical conferences and also researchers, industries coming up with new ideas, technologies to better serve the need. 
For the symposium this year, we have experts from industries and academia who are addressing this topic and will share ideas which could impact the nexus. Each speaker will have a 40 min time-slot (including Q&A). 





8:00 - 8:30 am

Registration and Breakfast

8:30- 8:40 am

Opening Remarks (Symposium Chair)

Morning Session Co-Chairs: Akash Narani and Nathan Hanna


9:20 am

Ranil Wickramasinghe

Professor/University of Arkansas-Fayetteville

Addressing the Food Energy Water Nexus through Aquaponics

9:20-10:00 am

John Wind

CEO/Sustainability Integration

Sustainability at the Energy-Water-Food-Climate Nexus


10:20 am

Networking Break

10:20-11:00 am

Abhishek Shrivastava

Senior R&D Manager/Dow Energy and Water Solutions

Desalination Energy Efficiency: Future Opportunities and Innovation Roadmap

11:00-11:40 am

Evan Hatakeyama

Lead Research Engineer in Separation/Chevron Energy Technology Company

Reducing freshwater usage in Oil & Gas applications


12:50 pm

Lunch (NorCal Chapter Introduction and Student Awards)

Afternoon Session Co-Chairs: Ashok Gopinath and Firehiwot Tachea


1:30 pm

Baoxia Mi

Assistant professor/ University of California Berkeley

Novel 2D nanomaterials for sustainable water supply


2:20 pm

Young-Hye Na

Research Staff Member/IBM Almaden Research Center

Clean Fresh Water: Materials Innovation


2:40 pm

Coffee Break - Networking


3:20 pm

David Blume

CEO/Blume Distillation

Optimizing food waste for Bioethanol fuel and High-Return Co-Products


4:00 pm

Mike Fero


Automatic Protocol Generation for Synthetic Biology Applications in Industry

4:00- 4:30 pm

Chuck Coronella

Associate Professor/ University of Nevada, Reno

Nutrient Recovery form Waste Streams

4:30 pm

Closing Remark

Abstracts and Speaker Biographies can be accessed using the link: abstracts_and_bio.docx
AIChE NorCal Symposium Tickets
Contact: Nitesh Bhuwania, Symposium Chair, AIChE NorCal 
Email:, Phone # 510-260-5894