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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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
  • 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 and the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU).



Important Dates

  • Call for Abstracts Opens June 12
  • Registration Opens July 1
  • 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

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

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

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

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

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

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