Engineering Sustainable Development 2019

Technical and Engineering Challenges of Addressing Sustainable Development
December 12-13, 2019
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Engineers, scientists and policy makers will gather at the Korea University in Seoul to discuss technical and engineering challenges of addressing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

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Call for Abstracts

Submit your abstract for Oral or Poster presentation here by September 12th.

Abstracts are invited in these and related topics:

Sustainable Energy

  • Decarbonization through Carbon Conversion, Capture and Storage
  • Biofuel and Bioenergy Breakthrough
  • Materials Development for Solar PV and Wind Power
  • Waste to Energy

Water Sustainability and Security

  •  Advances in Materials and Processes for Safe Water Treatment
  • Water-Energy-Food Nexus
  • Sustainable Water Management

Economic, Social, Climatic and Environmental Issues

  •  Advances in Chemical and Mechanical Recycling of Waste Plastics
  • Circular Economy and Industrial Ecology
  • PFAS Assessment and Remediation
  • Sustainable Building Materials and Infrastructure


Conference Chairs

  • Yong Sik Ok, Korea University, South Korea, Conference Chair
  • Jae Woo Lee, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), South Korea, Conference Co-Chair
  • William Mitch, Stanford University, USA, Conference Co-Chair
  • Young-Kwon Park, University of Seoul, South Korea, Conference Co-Chair

Steering Committee

Organized By

The conference is co-organized by the AIChE Institute for Sustainability (IfS) and the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU).



Important Dates

  • Call for Abstracts Opens June 12
  • Registration Opens August1
  • Call for Abstracts Closes September 12
  • Abstract Acceptance Notifications September 26
  • Early Bird Ends October 12
  • Conference Dates December 12-13

Featured Speakers

Daniel S. Alessi

Daniel S. Alessi is an Associate Professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Alberta, who specializes in environmental geochemistry and geomicrobiology. Since 2013, his research group has focused on understanding the surface chemistry and reactivity of environmental materials such as iron oxides, bacteria, and biochar, on lithium extraction from oilfield brines, and on improving our knowledge of the water cycle in unconventional oil and gas operations.  

Dr. Alessi holds the Encana Chair in Water Resources at the University of...Read more

Karen Ka Lai Chow

Dr. Chow Ka Lai, Karen completed her undergraduate study in Applied Biology (2009) and Ph.D. at Hong Kong Baptist University (2013). She is serving at Department of Geography, Hong Kong Baptist University as a lecturer. Her research focuses on environmental health and toxicology, sewage treatment, environmental remediation, and sustainable water management. She has particular interest on sewage treatment in constructed wetlands, and she is currently conducting related studies for treating municipal sewage in Hong Kong with the support by the Drainage Services Department. She joined the...Read more

Richelle Delia

Richelle Delia, Ph.D. is Co-Founder and COO of Housing Joint Venture. Dr. Delia’s responsibilities cover financial underwriting, investment oversight and day-to-day property management for 100,000+ sqft, as well as seeking strategic partnerships to advance the mission for the company.

With experience as a materials scientist, investor and Fulbright scholar, she brings technical expertise in building materials development and practical know-how from redeveloping over $2 million of property for her personal investment portfolio. Dr. Delia holds a Ph.D. in chemical engineering and...Read more

Deyi Hou

Prof. Hou is the associate Editor, Science of the Total Enviornment (Impact Factor: 4.610); Editorial Board Member, Remediation Journal; Guest Editor, Chemosphere (Impact Factor: 4.208); Guest Editor, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (Sediment and Environmental Pollution) (Impact Factor: 2.145); Invited Reviewer for nearly 40 academic journals including EST, JHM, JCP, STOTEN, etc; Sustainable Remediation Forum (SURF), Member; American Geophysical Union (AGU), Member/Annual Conference Session Chair; ASTM International, Member/Working Group Member; and Higher...Read more

Hojeong Kang

Dr. Hojeong Kang is Full Professor at School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Yonsei University, Korea. Prof. Kang obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Seoul National University, and his PhD from University of Wales, Bangor, UK. Prof. Kang currently serves as Associate Editor of Ecological Engineering, and Editorial Board Members for Microbial Ecology, Pedosphere, and Ecosystem Services. Prof. Kang’s research focuses on wetland biogeochemistry and microbial ecology in relation to global climate change and its biological feedback. In...Read more

Ki-Hyun Kim

HYU Distinguished Prof. Ki-Hyun Kim was at Florida State University for an M.S. (1984-1986) and at University of South Florida for a Ph.D. (1988-1992). He was a Research Associate at ORNL, USA (1992 to 1994). He moved to Sang Ji University, Korea in 1995. In 1999, he joined Sejong University. In 2014, he moved to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Hanyang University. His research areas broadly cover the various aspects in the interfacing field of “Air Quality & Environmental Engineering” in connection with “Material Engineering” with emphasis on advanced novel...Read more

Chun Ho (Jason) Lam

Dr. Chun Ho (Jason) Lam is an assistant professor the School of Energy and Environment, City University of Hong Kong. His research goal is to mitigate global dependence on fossil resources by promoting the production of sustainable energy and chemicals. Specifically, he explores how non-food grade biomass can be transformed into commodity chemicals through electro- and photocatalysis. He received his doctoral degree in chemistry from Michigan State University. He then became a Donnelley Environmental Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale University, where he developed a mild electrocatalytic...Read more

Seong Jun Lee

Dr. Seong Jun Lee is the Chief Technology Officer of SK Innovation, South Korea's first and largest energy-chemical company. He received his Bachelors, Masters and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Seoul National University, South Korea. He began his professional career in 1993 as a Research Scientist at Korea Institute of Science & Technology, joining SK Innovation Global Technology as a Principal Researcher in 1994. In 2012, he became the Head of Platform Technology Research & Development Center at SK Innovation Global Technology, and in 2017, the President of SK Institute of...Read more

Sheng Li

Dr. Sheng Li is an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). Dr. Li obtained her Bachelor’s degree from MIT (2002) and her PhD degree from Princeton University (2013). She also had several years of industrial experience, working at DuPont’s Central R& D division, first as a technical engineer (2004-2006), then as a research investigator (2014-2015).

The research theme of her lab at KAIST is polymer materials, specifically hybrid block copolymers. Her lab works on the synthesis,...Read more

Hankwon Lim

Dr. Hankwon Lim is currently Associate Professor in the School of Energy and Chemical Engineering at Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) in Korea. He received BS from Sogang University (Korea), MS from Georgia Tech (USA), and PhD from Virginia Tech (USA) all in chemical engineering. He also had industrial experience in R&D center at Praxair, industrial gas company, as a development specialist.

His research is well-balanced between experimental and theoretical studies and primary research areas are process simulation and techno-...Read more

Carol Sze Ki Lin

Dr. Carol Lin is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Energy and Environment at the City University of Hong Kong.  She was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Bioengineering Program in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the HKUST from January 2010 to June 2011. Prior to this, she was a postdoctoral researcher in the research group of Professor Wim Soetaert at the Centre of Expertise – Industrial Biotechnology and Biocatalysis ( at the Ghent University in Belgium.

Dr. Carol Lin graduated in Chemical and Materials Engineering from...Read more

Yu Bon Man

Dr. MAN Yu Bon obtained a B.Sc. (Honours) in Environmental Science from the University of Nottingham (2005), a M.Sc. in Environmental and Public Health Management (2006) and a Ph.D. in Environmental Science (2011), both from Hong Kong Baptist University. He is currently serving as an Assistant Professor in Department of Science and Environmental Studies, The Education University of Hong Kong. Dr. Man has a broad research interest in the area of environment science, which included (1) Biogeochemical cycles of persistent toxic substances in the environment; (2) Soil contamination; (3) Health...Read more

William Mitch

Bill Mitch received a B.A. in Anthropology (Archaeology) from Harvard University in 1993. During his studies, he excavated at Mayan sites in Belize and surveyed sites dating from 2,000 B.C. in Louisiana. He switched fields by receiving a M.S. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley. He worked for 3 years in environmental consulting, receiving his P.E. license in Civil Engineering in California. Returning to UC Berkeley in 2000, he received his PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2003. He moved to Yale as an assistant professor after graduation. His...Read more

Jeffrey Seay

Dr. Jeffrey Seay is Associate Professor of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Kentucky College of Engineering Paducah Extended Campus Program. Dr. Seay joined the University of Kentucky in 2008 after a 12 year career as a process engineer in the chemical industry. His research interests include the integration of sustainable biomass supply chains with thermochemical modeling of biomass utilization processes as well as the application of appropriate technology to the production of biofuels in underdeveloped regions. Dr. Seay is the current Chair of the...Read more

Jin Shang

Dr. Jin Shang obtained his Bachelor (2007) and Master (2009) degrees both in Environmental Engineering at Northeastern University in China. He completed his PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Melbourne in 2013. His PhD thesis was on the separation of carbon dioxide from flue gas and natural gas streams using porous adsorbent materials. The study discovered a new separation mechanism (i.e., molecular trapdoor mechanism) which changed the conventional understanding of how these adsorbents discriminate between molecules in gases. After his PhD, he worked as research fellow on an...Read more

Daniel C.W. Tsang

Dr. Daniel C.W. Tsang research emphasizes a strong link to real-life environmental challenges in the regional context. To ensure sustainable urban development, we need to enhance our engineering infrastructure and create new ways in which we manage contaminated land, solid waste, and urban water. Our research group aims to develop cost-effective and low-impact solutions that are informed by fundamental science of natural and engineered systems. Specific topics are: Environmental assessment and sustainable remediation of contaminated land; Biomass valorisation of food waste, wood waste,...Read more

Meththika Vithanage

Dr. Meththika Vithanage is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka, an Adjunct Associate Research Professor at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia and Visiting Associate Research Professor of the National Institute of Fundamental Studies, Kandy, Sri Lanka.

Dr. Vithanage’s research approach builds on environmental science; key/emerging pollutants in the environment, assess their fate and transport and remediate those using geo/bio/nano materials. She is a Young Affiliate of the Third World Academy of Sciences and she became the Chairperson...Read more

Ming Hung Wong

Professor Wong is currently Advisor/Research Chair Professor of Environmental Science, The Education University of Hong Kong; Distinguished Visiting Professor of School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology; Emeritus Chair Professor of Hong Kong Baptist University, and Editor-in-Chief of Environmental Geochemistry and Health (Springer).

Professor Wong served as the Coordinator of Central and North-East Asia of the project “Regionally based assessment of Persistent Toxic Substances”, and as a Panel Member (of three experts) of another...Read more

Yusuke Yamauchi

Professor Yamauchi is focussed on design of novel nanocrystals and nanoporous materials toward various applications including batteries, fuel cells, solar cells, chemical sensors, field emitters, and photonic devices. Specifically, nanoporous metals with metallic frameworks can be produced by using surfactant-based synthesis with electrochemical methods. Owing to their metallic frameworks, nanoporous metals with high electroconductivity and high surface areas hold promise for a wide range of electrochemical applications. Furthermore, he has developed several approaches for orientation...Read more

Yong-Guan Zhu

Dr Yongguan (Y-G) Zhu, Professor of Biogeochemistry and Environmental Biology, is the Director General of the Institute of Urban Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). He has been working on the biogeochemistry of nutrients, metals and emerging pollutants (such as antibiotics and antibiotic resistance genes). Professor Zhu is a leader in taking multi-scale and multi-disciplinary approaches to soil and environmental problems. Before returning to China in 2002, he was working as a research fellow (Supported by the Royal Society London), the Queen's University of Belfast, UK (1994-...Read more

Laura Zinke

Laura completed her PhD at the University of Southern California, and her postdoctoral research at the University of California, Davis, USA. Her research focused on the biogeochemistry of soils and marine sediments, employing geochemical and genomic techniques. She joined Nature Reviews Earth & Environment in March 2019. Laura is based in the London office, and is primarily responsible for Reviews that fall within the surface processes category.Read more