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UIC hosts emerging environmental and sustainability conference

EGRWSE 2019 hosted at UIC

Approximately 100 researcher’s from around the world gathered in Chicago for the second International Conference on Environmental Geotechnology, Recycled Waste Materials, and Sustainable Engineering (EGRWSE) at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) from June 16 to 20.

The 2018 conference proved to be a successful event with state-of-the art research on sustainability, environmental geotechnics, and the use of recycled waste materials for civil infrastructure. The 2019 conference built on that momentum as attendees exchanged and shared their experiences and research results. It provided an interdisciplinary forum for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns, practical challenges encountered, and the solutions adopted in this field.

The days were packed with presentations, networking opportunities, keynote speakers, and two educational courses – Preparing to Teach Introductory Course on Geoenvironmental Engineering, and Sustainable Engineering: Drivers, Metrics, Tools, and Applications. Participants also attended technical tours, which included the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago’s Stickney facility.

The conference was organized by the Department of Civil and Materials Engineering (CME) at the University of Illinois Chicago, and the Department of Civil Engineering at the National Institute of Technology (NIT) Jalandhar, India. UIC Professor Krishna R. Reddy, served as the conference chair and NIT Professor Arvind K. Agnihotri served as the co-chair.

“Sustainable engineering is the process of using resources in a way that does not compromise the environment or deplete the materials for future generations. It requires an interdisciplinary approach in all aspects of engineering, and every field should incorporate sustainability into their practice for an improved quality of life,” said professor Krishna Reddy, of civil and materials engineering at UIC.

For more information about the conference, please visit EGRWSE-2019 Conference Website. EGRWSE 2020 will be held in June 2020 in Izmir, Turkey.