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January 11, 2018 | 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Category: Seminar
Location: Undergraduate Library, David Adamany Bernath Auditorium | Map
5155 Gullen Mall
Detroit, MI 48202
Cost: Free
Audience: Academic Staff, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Staff

The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to host the next Water@Wayne seminar on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 2:30 p.m to 3:30 p.m. in the Bernath Auditorium located in the David Adamany Undergraduate Library. The seminar is free and open to the public; registration is requested.

The Water@Wayne Seminar Series presents "Water Sustainable Energy Production through Integrated Land and Feedstock Resource Management – Tools and Assessment" with May Wu, Argonne National Lab, Chicago. Dr. May Wu is a principal environmental system analyst at Argonne National Laboratory, a member of the Water Initiative Team at Argonne, and the Principal Investigator of a multi-year water analysis project supported by DOE. Her research focuses on water use, water quality and water resource availability as related to the development of biomass and biofuels, and other conventional and renewable energy and fuels. Dr. Wu has 13 years of experiences in process engineering R&D and 14 years of environmental analysis. 


This talk presents efforts of developing an integrated analytical framework and models to quantify the relationship between energy production and water quality and quantity with spatial resolution across production life cycle, with a focus on bioenergy and food production. Further assessment identifies region-specific production scenarios with effective cropping systems and land management programs/practices that enable water-use efficiency to be increased while meeting federal regulations on water quality. The second portion of this talk presents hydrological model development to simulate water quality (nitrogen, phosphorus, suspended sediments) and quantity (flow) for the tributaries of Mississippi River Basin – Upper MRB, Missouri RB, Ohio RB, and Lower RB. These exercises allow the analysis of the interplay of policy, feedstock, production pathway, non-point source nutrient discharge, and location factors, which can provide insights to the trade-offs among environmental, economic, and social impacts for informed decision making.

A short reception will immediately follow the seminar.

For more information about this event, please contact Kayla Watson at 3135775600 or