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Expert in Water Quality, Water Conservation/Management, Ecosystem Management and Sustainable Agriculture

Expert ID: 730938 Vermont, USA

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Innovative treatment systems and technologies for water pollution prevention and management have been the core of Expert's professional carrier for the past 20 years. Focusing especially on sustainable design, functionality and cost-efficiency, over the past several years she has worked alongside local, regional and world body regulatory governing agencies to adopt my new environmental technologies. Her most recent research awards have been for capturing phosphorus from wastewaters to create a new generation of phosphorus rich soil amendments.

Expert has created multiple technologies for a variety of agricultural municipal and rural effluents, originating from both point and diffuse pollution sources. These processes are highly effective and have been prominent in the last few years.

Expert has expanded her water quality and management expertise and networking skills from academia to industrial, private and public sectors and become involved in water policy issues nationally and internationally. She conducted an extensive wastewater market search and developed information and knowledge database of variety of products and conservation management practices related to water quality in agriculture, residential, municipal and industrial wastewater segments. In addition, she conducted comprehensive analytical studies on technical and policy issues related to point and non-point source pollution sources and the re-use of wastewater and water/energy/food nexus.


Complex water pollution and policy problems analysis (e.g. eutrophication, the
lack of current phosphorus removal regulations and the lack of investment for novel conservation practices implementations) and their implications to other disciplines and sectors.Synthesized current knowledge of water availability, water and energy dynamics/, water use, water consumption related to energy generation, and impacts of energy production on water quality.Design, implementation and adoption of on-site filtration systems for agricultural, municipal, residential, and industrial waste water effluents and runoff treatment.Innovative water treatment technology products validation, approvals, marketing and commercialization; National (US) and International governments, public and private sectors liaison; Market research, networking, communications, strategic planning on issues of innovative environmental technologies for water pollution control and small business development.Screening of novel materials for phsosphorus removal from wastewater; development of novel phosphorus rich soil amendments for use instead of chemical fertilizers.

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1998 Degree: PhD Subject: Environmental Engineering Institution: University of Edinburgh
Year: 1993 Degree: MSc Subject: Natural Resources Management Institution: University of Edinburgh
Year: 1988 Degree: BS Subject: Water Resources Engineering Institution: University of Belgrade

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2008 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: CEO Department: Responsibilities: Design, implementation and research with industrial waste products. Runs and supervisors multiple staff members.
Years: 2012 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Part-time Lecturer Department: Energy & Environmental Systems Track Responsibilities: Invited guest lecturer on Water/Energy Nexus at the Singularity University Graduate Studies Program, Energy and Ecological Systems Application Track (http://singularityu.org/core-curriculum/); Provided comprehensive overview and synthesized current knowledge of water availability, water and energy dynamics/, water use, water consumption related to energy generation, and impacts of energy production on water quality. Duration of my work June - July, year.
Years: 2004 to 2012 Employer: University of Vermont Title: Associate Research Professor Department: Plant and Soil Science Responsibilities: Research, development, testing and validation of novel technologies for mitigation of point and nonpoint sources agricultural pollution and sustainable water management; project management for over 40 pilot, demonstration and full scale projects implemented across US and internationally.
Technology transfer: transferred phosphorus removal technology from Lake Champlain to Chesapeake Bay and Great Lakes; Liaison with government officials in the US and internationally (Taiwan, Brazil, Europe).
Director of the Constructed Wetlands Research Center (CWRC), responsible for all aspects of research, experimental design, management, education and outreach activities. Instructor for Honors class in sustainable water management.
Grants and technical reports writing: wrote and executed 30 successful research proposals (19 as the Principal Investigator) that have brought nearly $2.5 million into the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; played a crucial role in the development of the 'Adaptation to Climate Change in the Lake
Champlain Basin: New Understanding through Complex Systems Modeling' $20 million proposal
(2011-2016) to the National Science Foundation, recently awarded to the University of Vermont.
Designed and implemented several innovative approaches to agricultural effluents treatment to improve water quality and livelihoods of rural communities. Conducted engineering, research and design of sustainable technologies for water pollution control from both point and non-point pollution sources. Worked on 1) field applications of these technologies to treat
agricultural, domestic and municipal wastewaters and stormwater run-off; 2) validation and acceptance of these innovative technologies as water management practices on a global scale; 3) Water footprint related
to energy and food production and 4) adaptation of current agricultural best management practices and stormwater runoff treatment systems to climate change.Developed two different technologies for phosphorus removal from wastewaters, currently patent pending. Generated 40 publications (including a book, two book chapters, 20 peer-reviewed manuscripts, 7 papers in
national and international conference proceedings, and 9 peer-reviewed abstracts); gave over 40 presentations at various regional, national and international conferences; served as a peer reviewer for 6 different journals and am an editorial board member for Water, an open access journal on water science and technology, and the Natural and Environmental Sciences Journals. Collaborating on an international project which investigated the use of Triggered phosphorus recovery using reactive filter materials ' tapping into the potential of wastewater as a key resource, with Gunno Renman,
professor at KTH - Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm.
Supervised highly qualified personnel including senior laboratory and filed technician and dozens of undergraduate, Masters and PhD graduate students across four continents.
Years: 2003 to 2004 Employer: École Polytechnique Montréal Title: Research Associate Department: Mechanical engineering/Free form fabrication Responsibilities: Conducted extensive technical and scientific information search and synthesized knowledge on environmental effects of rapid prototyping. Generated one of the first scientific peer reviewed publications on the environmental effects of rapid manufacturing (see publications list). Supervised one Masters and one PhD graduate student.
Years: 2002 to 2002 Employer: University of Colorado Boulder Title: Research Associate in Arsenic removal from potable water Department: Civil, Environmental and Architecture Engineering Responsibilities: Three months contract. Analyzed technical and scientific information and synthesized current knowledge on the methods and technologies for arsenic removal from potable water. Generated scientific and technical report on Adsorbent treatment Technologies for Arsenic removal, published by the American Water Works Association, September 2005 (see publications list).
Years: 1999 to 2002 Employer: École Polytechnique Montréal Title: Postdoctoral Scientific Researcher Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering Responsibilities: Established, organized and coordinated the entire constructed wetlands research a multi-disciplinary team and program for aquaculture effluents treatment. Analyzed technical and scientific information and synthesized current knowledge on the extent of phosphorus water pollution and eutrophication; Performed research and development of innovative treatment technologies for aquaculture effluents treatment. Organized and coordinated meetings and training activities of the team. Generated scientific papers and peer reviewed publications which have been published in the leading
Water Research and Environmental Science and Technology Journals (see publications list). Supervised six graduate students.
Years: 1998 to 1999 Employer: University of Edinburgh Title: Research Assistant Department: Institute of Ecology and Resource Management Responsibilities: Analyzed technical and scientific information and synthesized current knowledge on phosphorus water pollution, eutrophication and innovative treatment technologies. Developed constructed wetlands and novel
phosphorus removal technologies for rural wastewater effluents. Generated scientific papers and peer reviewed publications which have been published in the leading Water Research Journals (see publications list). Supervised three graduate students.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 2004 to Present Agency: USDA Role: Consultant on best conservation management practices Description: Please see section on my experiences; also one of my 5 referees works for USDA.
Years: 2006 to Present Agency: VA DCR Role: Consultant on best conservation management practices Description: Please see section on my experiences; also one of my 5 referees works for VA DCR.
Years: 2007 to Present Agency: Vermont ANR Role: Consultant on best conservation management practices Description: Please see section on my experiences;

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1992 to 1999 Country / Region: UK Summary: Developed constructed wetlands and novel
phosphorus.
Years: 1999 to 2004 Country / Region: Canada Summary: Established, organized and coordinated the entire constructed wetlands research.
Years: 2004 to 2005 Country / Region: New Zealand Summary: Advised methods and technologies for phosphorus removal from agricultural wastewaters.
Years: 2009 to Present Country / Region: ROC Taiwan Summary: Implementation, testing, validation and adoption of innovative technologies for phosphorus.
Years: 2012 to Present Country / Region: Brazil Summary: Implementation, testing, validation and adoption of innovative technologies for phosphorus.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Global Water Partnership, Millennium Project, IWA, ASA, Shaping tomorrow, World Future Society
Professional Appointments
Editorial Board Member for Water and Natural and Environmental Sciences Journals.
Publications and Patents Summary
ExpertDrizo has 40 publications (including a book, 20 peer-reviewed manuscripts, papers in national and international conference proceedings) and two patents (currently pending).

Additional Experience

Training / Seminars
Developed entire Sustainable Water management course and research methods for major university.
Vendor Selection
Sourcing and locating vendors/suppliers in my area of expertise on a daily basis.
Marketing Experience
Insight in strategic planning, and analyzing wastewater treatment industry trends, growth, players, customers, attitudes, technologies, cost drivers.
Other Relevant Experience
Scientific peer reviewed papers, scientific and technical reports, grants writing; proposals evaluation.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
English Proficient; She has been using English as her first language since 1992.
French Completed several intermediate conversational courses in Montreal; ExpertDrizo lives in Quebec and thus speaks and read French every day. Worked at French speaking University 1999-2002.
Serbian Mother tongue
Russian Was Expert's "second" language for the first 11 years of her life.

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