Panels

April 22
10:30 – 11:50 AM
The New Norm? Water Supply Challenges and Resiliency for California Panel Moderated by Diane Gatza and Russ Lefevre
April 22
2:40 – 4:00 PM
Future Networks & Applications Roadmap for Sustainable Cities/Societies Panel Moderated by Fawzi Behmann
April 23
4:00 – 5:20 PM
Cybersecurity for Sustainable Infrastructure Panel Moderated by David E. Gonzalez
April 24
9:55 – 11:05 AM
Young Professionals Panel – Sustainability in Tech Companies Panel Moderated by Alberto Tam Yong

 

 


The New Norm? Water Supply Challenges and Resiliency for California

April 22, 10:30 – 11:50 AM

Panelists:
Diane Gatza, P.E, Water Replenishment District of Southern California
Russ Lefevre, Metropolitan Water District (MWD) Board of Directors
Christopher Repp, LADWP

With the onset of Global Warming presenting a serious challenge to water supply in California, three of the major suppliers in the state are working to insure water will be available for the foreseeable future. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) has a program, Operation NEXT Water Supply Program, to source 70% of water locally and recycle 100% of available treated waste water by 2035. The Water Replenishment District of Southern California (WRD) has initiated a program, WIN 4 ALL, that aims to utilize the 450,000 acre-feet of available storage space in the West and Central groundwater basins in conjunction with available recycled water sources to increase regional resiliency and sustainability. The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) that supplies wholesale water to 19 million people in 6 counties is preparing the newest Integrated Water Resources Plan (IRP) whose purpose is to develop a planning document that can insure long-term supply reliability in an environmentally and effective way.

Panelist Bios:

Diane Gatza

Diane Gatza is a licensed P.E. and Water Resources Planning Engineer with the Water Replenishment District of Southern California(WRD). Diane manages several programs at WRD including the Regional Brackish Water Reclamation Program cleaning up a 600,000 AF salty groundwater plume and a managing a first of its kind joint partnership between WRD and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power aiming to reclaim over 200 million gallons a day of treated waste water for groundwater basin replenishment. Diane has lead large scale planning and high profile programs in addition to the current programs she is managing. She received her bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from California State Polytechnic University-Pomona.

 

Russ Lefevre

Russ Lefevre is a Fellow of the IEEE and AAAS. He has a BS and MS in Physics from the University of North Dakota and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California Santa Barbara. He was President of IEEE-USA in 2008 and President of the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society in 2001.  He has an appointment as an Adjunct Professor of Physics at the University of North Dakota.  He is presently a Director on the Board of the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) of Southern California representing the city of Torrance.  The MWD is the country’s largest public water agency serving water to 19 million people in six counties in southern California.

 


Cybersecurity for Sustainable Infrastructure

April 23 4:00 – 5:20 PM

Panel Moderated by David E. Gonzalez

If you’ve been paying attention to the news you can’t help but notice there’s headlines reporting on cyberattacks, hacks, malware, ransomware, breaches, etc. on companies (at every level), hospitals, business, infrastructure, and your personal computers. It definitely is a global problem that we cannot ignore.  Our invited panelists come from various sectors and industries that will provide their knowledge and perspectives on how we as a global community can address this world-wide menace.

 


Young Professionals Panel – Sustainability in Tech Companies

April 24 10:00 – 11:00 AM

Panel Moderated by Alberto Tam Yong

As technology and innovations move forward, many tech companies have committed to make a positive impact in the environment with sustainability programs. From direct projects and initiatives to research and offer environmentally friendly solutions to corporate infrastructure, this Young Professionals Panel aims to share awareness and insight on some of these programs and projects at tech companies. Our panelists include young professionals working in the tech industry and will give us a glimpse of what it’s like to work at a company that cares about the environment.

 

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