Environment and Water

One of the initial themes of the Discovery Partners Institute, the Environment and Water working group seeks to position DPI as a leading international research and development institution in this area. The group plans to further science, develop solutions, commercialize technology and educate the populace to better communities across Illinois and beyond.

Environment and Water members also will assist other working groups as they examine topics including societal readiness for a low-carbon economy, workforce readiness for a low-carbon economy, creating sustainable technologies to prevent and treat environmental pollutants, and establishing policies to improve and protect environmental quality.

The Environment and Water working group will

  • Take advantage of locations in Illinois that are urban, less urbanized and rural
  • Develop management practices for the abundance of water in the state and how urban and agricultural water usage affects downstream areas
  • Catalyze actionable and translational research in collaboration with external stakeholders
  • Share opportunities in environment and water research and education spaces
  • Learn from successes and failures of water, environmental and sustainability research institutes

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Environment and Water Working Group

SAMUEL DOREVITCH

Chair
Associate Professor
Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences
University of Illinois at Chicago

PRASANTA KALITA

Institutional Lead
Professor
Department of Agricultural & Biological Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

DENNIS RUEZ

Institutional Lead
Associate Professor
Department of Environmental Studies
University of Illinois at Springfield

NING AI

Assistant Professor
Department of Urban Planning & Policy
University of Illinois at Chicago

MAX BERKELHAMMER

Assistant Professor
Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences
University of Illinois at Chicago

BRIAN DEAL

Associate Professor
Department of Urban & Regional Planning
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

SYBIL DERRIBLE

Associate Professor
Department of Civil & Materials Engineering
University of Illinois at Chicago

MARCELO GARCIA

Professor
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

SHIPRA GUPTA

Assistant Professor
Department of Business Administration
University of Illinois at Springfield

MADHU KHANNA

Professor
Department of Agricultural & Consumer Economics
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

KRISHNA REDDY

Professor
Department of Civil & Materials Engineering
University of Illinois at Chicago

TOM ROTHFUS

Research Assistant Professor
Department of Environmental Studies
University of Illinois at Springfield

LUCIA VAZQUEZ

Associate Professor
Department of Biology
University of Illinois at Springfield