Welcome to the website of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign’s Annual Environmental Engineering and Science Spring Symposium.

Held each spring semester, this symposium gives graduate students in the Environmental Engineering and Science (EES) program an opportunity to present their current research to the UIUC community. This year’s theme is Envisioning the Future of Environmental Engineering. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 symposium will be held virtually. Please check the Virtual Symposium Directions Tab for more information.

This year, we are delighted to host Dr. Pratim Biswas and Dawn Taffler

Dr. Pratim Biswas

Dean of Engineering at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida

Dr. Pratim Biswas is the Dean of Engineering at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. He also serves as an Assistant Vice Chancellor of International Programs. He has more than 400 refereed journal publications, has presented several invited presentations nationally and internationally, holds ten patents and has spun off two start-up companies based on his inventions. He has advised and graduated 54 doctoral students, all of who are accomplished in their careers in academia, government and industry. Pratim Biswas received his PhD from the California Institute of Technology; his MS from the University of California, Los Angeles, and his BTech degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. Professor Biswas’s research interests include aerosol science and engineering; nanoparticle technology; air quality engineering; environmentally benign energy production; combustion; materials processing for environmental technologies, environmentally benign processing, environmental nanotechnology, and the thermal sciences. Work is conducted through the world renowned Aerosol and Air Quality Research Laboratory (AAQRL). His research is funded by the National Science Foundation, US Department of Energy, National Institutes of Health, Environmental Protection Agency and Industry.

Dawn Taffler

One Water Practice Leader and Vice President at Kennedy Jenks Consultants

Dawn Taffler, an alumnus of the CEE department at the University of Illinois, is a recognized specialist in recycled water and planning and has been successfully leading Kennedy Jenk’s Recycled Water Community Practice for the past four years. Based in Pasadena, she is now taking on the additional responsibility of leading the One Water Community Practice. Dawn’s work has included a variety of projects that seek to diversify and optimize the way we use and reuse water. She is currently leading seven non-potable and potable reuse studies throughout California to maximize the use of local, sustainable and reliable water supplies.


Check back in the coming weeks for more details about this year’s event!