This new conference is designed to serve as a cutting-edge showcase for the introduction and discussion of innovations and new practices for water resource recovery facilities.  It will focus on broad topical coverage in terms of treatment as well as resource recovery and targets an energized group of participants who have interest in leading the discussion of technical development in our industry.  Concentrating heavily on research, development and innovation, the conference encourages any and all stages and scales of innovation from well-developed process concepts to bench-scale, and pilot-scale research and full-scale demonstrations.

Included in the conference will be discussions of innovations in the tools, technologies, and strategies used for the research, design, and operation of treatment plants. The content should expand the toolkit and thinking of researchers, design engineers, and operational staff and will include advancements in process monitoring, the development of emerging technology, the modeling and design of those processes, and relevant technical topics related to new and innovative treatment process operation and optimization.  


The official Innovations in Process Engineering hashtag is #WEFProcessEng. Be sure to use it in social media posts and RSVP to the Facebook event!


The Call for Abstracts for the 2021 conference is now open! 

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The Call for Abstracts will close on October 15, 2020 at 11:59 PM Eastern. 

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Call for Abstracts

Now announcing the Call for Abstracts for the Innovations in Process Engineering 2021 Conference!

Abstracts are due on October 15, 2020, by 11:59 PM EST. 

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Examples of topics that will be considered include, but are not limited to:


Developments in design and operation of treatment processes including new strategies, tools, and technologies:

  1. Nutrient removal and recovery
  2. Balancing and optimizing carbon management
  3. Enhancing secondary treatment, including densification, ballasted processes, and membranes
  4. Sedimentation and separation processes
  5. Treatment processes for emerging contaminants
  6. Alternative disinfectants and improved disinfection control
  7. Digestion – pretreatment, post-treatment, control, co-digestion
  8. Digester gas treatment technologies
  9. Optimizing thickening and dewatering processes
  10. Advances in sidestream treatment
  11. Technologies for potable and non-potable reuse
  12. Energy saving/conservation technologies
  13. Novel approaches for treatment and resource recovery


Developments in design and operating tools and monitoring:

  1. Advances in process control systems and emerging sensor-based and data analytics-based controls
  2. Advances in process, hydraulic, and CFD modeling and non-traditional ways of using traditional models
  3. Understanding, monitoring, and selecting for beneficial microbial communities


For more information about submitting an abstract and participating in the technical program at a WEF Specialty Conference, click here.


Questions? Please contact:
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More information about the technical program is coming soon!

The editorial team for the WEF journal, Water Environment Research, is enthusiastic to build a Special Virtual Issue around this conference theme, and the Conference Steering Committee will invite a selected number of authors accepted to present at the conference to submit a full manuscript for peer review to the Special Issue.


We are proud to highlight our Innovations in Process Engineering Conference 2021 Steering Committee:

Dave Stensel, University of Washington, Chair

Charles Bott, Hampton Roads Sanitation District, Co-Chair

Jeseth Delgado-Vela, Howard University, Co-Chair

Jose Jimenez, Brown and Caldwell, Co-Chair

Blair Wisdom, Denver Metro Wastewater Reclamation District, Co-Chair

Mohammad Abu-Orf, Hazen and Sawyer

Erika Bailey, City of Raleigh Public Utilities

Raj Bhattarai, Clean Water Strategies

Jeanette Brown, Manhattan College

Chris Bye, Envirosim

Tim Constantine, Jacobs

Martha Dagnew, Western University

Glen Daigger, One Water Solutions LLC

Chris deBarbadillo, DC Water

Leon Downing, Black & Veatch

Aaron Fisher, WRF

Matt Higgins, Bucknell University

Joe Husband, Arcadis

Amit Kaldate, Suez

David Kinnear, KPS

Stephanie Klaus, Virginia Tech

Zhongtian Li, Centrysis CNP

Chris Maher, Clean Water Services

David Marrs, Valero

Per Henrik Nielsen, VCS Denmark

Tanja Rauch-Williams, Carollo

Pusker Regmi, Brown and Caldwell

Sandeep Sathyamoorthy, Black & Veatch

Matt Seib, Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District

Beverly Stinson, AECOM

Belinda Sturm, University of Kansas

Art Umble, Stantec

Peter Vanrolleghem, Université Laval

Paul Wood, Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc.

Thor Young, GHD


Questions? Please contact:
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Registration for Innovations in Process Engineering will open in January 2021!

More information about registration is coming soon.

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Housing will open in January 2021.


Hyatt Regency Miami

400 South East Second Avenue

Miami, Florida 33131 USA

Group Rate (nightly): US$169.00 per night

Occupancy Fees/Taxes (nightly; subject to change): 13.0%

The iconic white towers of the Hyatt Regency Miami overlook the Miami River. Located in downtown Miami next to the trendy Brickell neighborhood, the hotel is steps away from the Miami Riverwalk and close to the Port of Miami. Hyatt Regency guests receive complimentary basic guestroom Wi-Fi.



Miami International Airport (MIA) is approximately 9-miles from the hotel.

  • The Orange Line Metrorail connects travelers to downtown Miami. Fares average US$2.25 one-way (cost subject to change). At the Miami Intermodal Center (aka airport transportation hub), board an Orange Line southbound train heading to Dadeland South. Disembark at the Government Center Station, transferring to a free (no cost) Metromover Omni Loop train traveling to School Board. Disembark the Metromover at the Knight Center Metromover Station and walk two blocks to the Hyatt Regency Miami.
  • Lyft and Uber are authorized to operate at MIA.
  • Taxi fares average US$25.00 one-way to/from downtown Miami (cost subject to change).

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) is approximately 29-miles from the hotel.

  • Lyft and Uber are authorized to operate at FLL.
  • Taxi fares average US$70.00 one-way to/from downtown Miami (cost subject to change).


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Standard guest room with one King-sized bed.
Standard guest room with a King-sized bed. Photo courtesy of the Hyatt Regency Miami.


Lobby of the Hyatt Regency Miami.
Lobby of the Hyatt Regency Miami. Photo courtesy of the Hotel.
Exterior of the Hyatt Regency Miami.
Exterior of the Hyatt Regency Miami. Photo courtesy of the Hotel.


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