Event: 2016 US-China Forum: Water and Urban Development


October 14, 2016
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM


5640 South Ellis Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637: William Eckhardt Research Center, Room 161


Water and Urban Development: Addressing Challenges Through Policy and Innovation

This event is free, but registration is required. To register, please click here.

This year's U.S.-China Forum will build on a discussion of "Shared Challenges in Water Management & Urban Development" between officials from the U.S. and China. Two expert panel discussions will follow proposing and exploring potential solutions to some of the primary challenges raised in the opening discussion: solutions found in public policy and solutions found in engineering and technology. The panels will be balanced with scientific researchers, policy administrators/analysts, and industrial leaders from both the U.S. and China. The roundtable discussion will be led by Steve Edwards, former NPR journalist and current executive director of the Institute of Politics. He'll engage three figures — one each from policy, science, and industry — on their particular perspectives regarding water as a resource and on where/why those perspectives need to converge. The forum will close with an address from Christophe Beck of Nalco Water exploring global issues of water management from an industrial perspective.

October 14th Program Schedule

8:30AM Coffee
9:00AM Welcome Remarks by IME Dean and Pritzker Director Matthew Tirrell
9:15AM US-China Shared Challenges in Water Management & Urban Development:

David St. Pierre, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, and Jin Huang, Chief Engineer of the Shanghai Urban Construction Design & Research Institute

Moderated by Steven Kloos
10:15AM Break
10:30AM Policy Panel Discussion: Developing and Implementing Policies to Address Water Challenges

Panelists: Prof. Mark Templeton, Prof. Ma Zhong, Prof. Don Coursey, & Dr. Scott Moore

Moderated by Sabina Shaikh
11:45AM Engineering & Technology Panel Discussion: Innovations in Engineering and Technology Aimed at Addressing Water Challenges

Panelists: Dr. Seth Darling, Dr. May Wu, Dr. Biplav Srivastava, & Dr. Junhong Chen

Moderated by Supratik Guha
1:00PM Lunch Break - Box Lunches for Registered Guests
2:00PM Roundtable Discussion on the Nexus Between Science, Industry, and Public Policy in Addressing Water Challenges

Panelists: Supratik Guha, Aaron Koch, & Thomas Stanley

Moderated by Steve Edwards
3:00PM Break
3:15PM Closing Address from Christophe Beck, President of Nalco Water and Executive Vice-President of Ecolab
4:15PM Reception (open to all)

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