Morning Keynote

Iowa Events Center, HyVee Hall
Friday, June 17th, 2016 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM


  • Dave Cwiertny

    Dave Cwiertny

    UI Civil & Environmental Engineering

    David M. Cwiertny is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Iowa.  He also holds an appointment in the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering. He joined the faculty at Iowa in the Fall of 2011 after four years as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Riverside.


    David holds B.S. in Environmental Engineering Science and minor in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley (2000), a Ph.D. from the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering at Johns Hopkins University (2006), and he previously conducted post-doctoral research at the University of Iowa in a joint appointment between the Departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Chemistry.


    His research group broadly focuses on pollutant fate in natural and engineered systems, with a particular emphasis on emerging pollutant transformation pathways and the development of materials-based treatment technologies that promote water sustainability. He is the recipient of an NSF CAREER award (2010) and his group is supported by the US EPA, USDA, SERDP and the NSF.


    At the University of Iowa, he is a core faculty member in the campus-wide Water Sustainability Initiative, developing interdisciplinary research, outreach and education programs intended to increase water awareness at the University and across the state of Iowa. He is also an associate research engineer at IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering. He has developed courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels related to society’s pursuit of sustainable water resources, and is the current Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.


    In 2014, David became the Editor-in-Chief of Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology, a new RSC journal devoted to water research and technology in the built environment. He also serves on the editorial advisory board for Environmental Science and Technology, and is an active member of the American Chemical Society, the Royal Society of Chemistry, and the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors. 


  • Peter Gleick

    Peter Gleick

    Pacific Institute

    Dr. Peter Gleick is a world renowned expert, innovator, and communicator on water and climate issues. In 1987 he co-founded the Pacific Institute.


    Peter developed the first analysis of climate change impacts on water resources, the earliest comprehensive work on water and conflict, and defined basic human need and right to water – work that has been used by the United Nations and in human rights court cases. Also, he pioneered and advanced the concepts of the “soft path for water” and “peak water”.


    Peter received the prestigious MacArthur “genius” Fellowship and was elected both an Academician of the International Water Academy, in Oslo, Norway and a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. He serves on the boards of numerous journals and organizations, and is the author of many scientific papers and nine books.  Dr. Gleick holds a B.S. from Yale University and an Master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.