David T. Allen - (Chair)
David T. Allen (NAE) is the Gertz Regents Professor of Chemical Engineering, and the Director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Resources, at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of seven books and over 250 papers, primarily in the areas of urban air quality, the engineering of sustainable systems, and the development of materials for environmental and engineering education. Dr. Allen has been a lead investigator for multiple air quality measurement studies, which have had a substantial impact on the direction of air quality policies. He directs the Air Quality Research Program for the State of Texas, and he is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the American Chemical Society’s journal ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering. The quality of his work has been recognized by the National Science Foundation, the AT&T Foundation, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors, and the State of Texas. He has served on a variety of governmental advisory panels and from 2012 to 2015 chaired the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board. Dr. Allen received his B.S. degree in chemical engineering, with distinction, from Cornell University. His M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in chemical engineering were awarded by the California Institute of Technology. He has held visiting faculty appointments at the California Institute of Technology, the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the Department of Energy.
Newsha K. Ajami is the director of Urban Water Policy with Stanford University’s Water in the West program. Her work is focused on sustainable water resource management, water policy, innovation, and financing, and the water-energy-food nexus. Her research has been interdisciplinary and impact driven, focusing on the improvement of the science-policy-stakeholder interface by incorporating social and economic measures and effective communication. Dr. Ajami is a two-term gubernatorial appointee to the Bay Area Regional Water Quality Control Board. Before joining Stanford, she worked as a senior scholar at the Pacific Institute and served as a Science and Technology fellow at the California State Senate’s Natural Resources and Water Committee, where she worked on various water and energy related legislation. She has published many highly cited peer-reviewed articles, coauthored two books, and contributed opinion pieces to the New York Times, San Jose Mercury and the Sacramento Bee. She was the recipient of the 2005 National Science Foundation award for AMS Science and Policy Colloquium and ICSC-World Laboratory Hydrologic Science and Water Resources Fellowship from 2000 to 2003. She serves as member of the National Academies Water Science and Technology Board. Dr. Ajami received a B.S. degree in civil and environmental engineering from Tehran Polytechnic, M.S. degree in hydrology and water resources from the University of Arizona, and Ph.D. degree in civil and environmental engineering from the University of California, Irvine.
Roya Bahreini is an associate professor of atmospheric science at the University of California, Riverside. She specializes in ground-based and laboratory measurements of particulate matter composition and microphysical properties; air quality; and aerosol direct- and indirect-effects on climate. Dr. Bahreini conducts particle monitoring and source characterization at the Salton Sea. She received the National Science Foundation CAREER award in 2015, the Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers award in 2014, as well as The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds award in 2014. Dr. Bahreini received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in environmental science and engineering from the California Institute of Technology.
Pratim Biswas (NAE) is professor and chair of the Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis. He also serves as an Assistant Vice Chancellor of International Programs. Dr. Biswas’ research areas include aerosol science and engineering with applications in energy and environmental nanotechnology, nanoparticle synthesis, advanced material synthesis, solar energy utilization, electronics, air pollution control, sensors, atmospheric issues, and thermal sciences. Dr. Biswas has played a leading role at the National and International arena in the field of Aerosol Science and Technology by serving on several National Committees. He was appointed to the National Academy of Engineering in recognition of his advancement in the science of aerosol dynamics and particle removal technologies. He has more than 350 refereed journal publications, has presented several invited presentations nationally and internationally, holds eight patents and has spun off two start-up companies based on his inventions. Dr. Biswas received a bachelor’s degree in technology from the Indian Institute of Technology, M.S. degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering from the California Institute of Technology.
Valerie Eviner is an associate professor in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of California at Davis (her status will change to professor on July 1, 2019). In addition, she is an associate ecologist in the UC Davis Agricultural Experiment Station. Her research interests are in using a mechanistic understanding of plant-soil, plant-plant, plant-microbe, and plant-animal interactions to increase the understanding and effective management of ecosystem services, plant invasions, restoration, plant community composition, biogeochemical cycling, global change, grazing systems, and resilience of ecosystem structure and function. Her current projects include exploring the impacts of resource manipulations on plant competitive interactions. Dr. Eviner is a fellow of the Ecological Society of America and an associate editor of Restoration Ecology. She received a B.A. in biology from Rutgers University and a Ph.D. in integrative biology from the University of California at Berkeley.