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Tsuan Hua Feng Lecture Series

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Annual Tsuan Hua Feng Lecture

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Michèle Prévost is this year's lecturer. She is a Professor at Polytechnique Montreal in the Civil, Geological, and Mining Engineering Department. 

Please join us for this gathering of water practitioners, Feng family members, faculty, and students of the Environmental and Water Resources Engineering Program and the University of Massachusetts Amherst community, including friends and alumni.

The 2017 Tsuan Hua Feng Distinguished Lecture will be held on

Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 4:00 PM in the Cape Cod Lounge.

Title and Abstract:

Collaborative research with drinking water utilities to address the emerging issues of harmful algal blooms 

Dr Prevost will present a model of collaborative industrial research that has been a great success across Canada. Industrial research chairs were created by NSERC (Natural Science and Engineering Council of Canada) to foster durable partnerships and produce research outcomes that support the needs of the industrial partners, while ensuring the production of high quality scientific results. Harmful algal blooms (HABs) are a rising concern across the world as climate change is increasing the risks of toxic cyanobacterial blooms at water intakes of drinking water plants. As an example of collaborative research, Dr Prevost will provide an overview of the research activities on the detection of toxic cyanobacteria in source water, the management of cyanobacteria and toxins within drinking water treatment plants, and the development of innovative treatment solutions for water and sludge to prevent the accumulation and breakthrough of toxins in drinking water. Regulatory and operational implications of research outcomes will then be discussed


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