Committees

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Dr. Long Shi

Dr. Long Shi is the Chairman of the Urban Futures Forum. He is also a lecturer at RMIT University. He obtained his PhD degree from the National University of Singapore. Long has been focusing on solar thermal energy, thermodynamics and fluid mechanics, CFD modelling and programming, and risk assessment for over 10 years. Since October 2018, he has authored and co-authored over 55 refereed journal papers (40 SJR Q1 journal papers), such as in Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Energy and Buildings, and Building and Environment. His research outcomes have also led to the solutions of practical problems and applications, such as the optimization design of solar chimney for the Kingston City Council building in Melbourne, which is the world’s-first building that considered the design of solar chimney for both reducing the energy consumption and improving the fire safety. He has also conducted the optimization design for the solar chimney in Singapore Zero Energy Building, which is the first Zero Energy Building in South Asia.

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Professor Veeriah Jegatheesan (Jega)

Jega is the committee member of the Urban Futures Forum. He has conducted extensive research on the application of membrane bioreactors, sugar cane juice clarification, sea water desalination and the treatment of mine tailing ponds. Other notable projects include modelling disinfectant decay and biofilm growth, recirculating aquaculture systems, sewer gas mitigation and the treatment of car wash water for reuse.

Jega has served in many administrative and research leadership positions. He is founder and Chairman of the international conference series on Challenges in Environmental Science & Engineering (CESE) held annually since 2008. He has over 300 publications including more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and five edited books. Jega is also the managing guest editor of 30 special issues in peer-reviewed journals, an editorial board member of two Elsevier journals and one prestigious open access journal on membranes. Additionally, he is the editor-in-chief of a book series entitled Applied Environmental Science and Engineering (AESE) for a Sustainable Future published by Springer and has been instrumental for publishing 6 books since 2015.

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Dr. Dong Chen

Dr Dong Chen is the committee member of the Urban Futures Forum. He is a Principal Research Scientist at CSIRO Land and Water. His research interests are in the area of physical and numerical modelling of building thermal performance and energy efficiency, and climate change impact on the built environment. Dong currently leads the research, development and maintenance of AccuRate, the benchmark software tool for Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS) in Australia. He is a member of the NatHERS Technical Advisory Committee. Dong published over 120 conference and journal papers. Dong has also delivered over 110 research reports to various industries, research institutes and government departments.

Academic qualifications
  • PhD, Chemical Engineering, 1997, The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
  • ME, Mechanical Engineering, 1990, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
  • BE, Mechanical Engineering, 1987, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
  • BSc, Physical Chemistry (Double Degrees), 1987, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
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Dr. Alastair Woodard

Alastair is the committee member of the Urban Futures Forum. He is the Victorian Program Manager for WoodSolutions - an industry initiative, resourced by FWPA, designed to provide information on timber and wood products to professionals and companies involved in building design and construction. He is also General Manager of Wood Products Victoria, and a Director of TPC Solutions (Aust) Pty Ltd, a consultancy specialising in advice on the use and impact of building and construction materials. Alastair is a structural engineer and has extensive experience in the design of timber structures and a particular interest in the use of environmentally sustainable building materials from a Life Cycle Assessment perspective and the development of new and innovative construction systems.

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Professor Yang Zhang

Prof. Dr. Yang ZHANG serves as a committee member of the Urban Futures Forum. He is a group leader at Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology (QIBEBT), and an awardee of “100-Talent Program” of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). His group “Waste Valorization and Water Reuse (WVWR)” focuses on organic waste, inorganic salts and wastewater valorization (energy and resource recovery) by developing microbial and physico-chemical processes. Dr Zhang has 15 years research experience on membrane processes (ultrafiltration, nanofiltration, electrodialysis etc.) and wastewater reuse, by serving in DOW Chemical, KU Leuven, VITO, UIUC and CAS. When he was in VITO, Dr. Zhang worked as task and work package leader in the area of water loop closure, bioprocessing and resource recovery (FP7 BioConSept, Flemish project Memprorec, FP7 E4-Water and FP7-Reapower). Now he is leading various projects in China on resource recovery and wastewater reuse. Dr. Zhang has published more than 30 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, 2 European patents and 15 Chinese patents. He received “2018 Class of Influential Researcher” by Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, American Chemical Society.

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Professor Xing Zheng

Prof. Dr. Xing ZHENG is the committee member of the Urban Futures Forum. He is a group leader at the State Key Laboratory of Eco-hydraulics in Northwest Arid Region, Xi’an, China, and an awardee of “100-Talent Program” of Shaanxi Province. His group “Water Quality Control” focuses on municipal and industrial wastewater treatment and reclamation by developing microbial and physicochemical (e.g., membrane filtration, electrochemical process and adsorption) processes. Dr. Zheng has been intensively working on membrane processes (ultrafiltration, nanofiltration, etc.) and also on the characterization of natural organic matter (NOM) and effluent organic matter (EfOM), by serving in Grundfos, TU Berlin, KAUST and XAUT. When he was at TU Berlin, Dr. Zheng was involved in the project of “Sustainable water concept for Olympic 2008 Beijing” for wastewater reclamation and reuse in Olympia Park, and in a European Frame 6 project “Sustainable water management improves tomorrow’s city’s health (SWITCH). At Grundfos he was leading the application research of membrane processes for water treatment. Now he is leading various projects in China on wastewater reuse and resource recovery. Dr. Zheng has published around 30 peer-reviewed articles, 1 USA patent, and 5 Chinese patents.