Heather J. Shipley is the Burzik Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Interim Vice Provost and Dean of University College at the University of Texas, San Antonio. She holds a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Baylor University, Waco, Texas, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Rice University, Houston, Texas. Dr. Shipley’s research interests and expertise are in water chemistry, water treatment, and environmental nanotechnology. Her research group focuses on interdisciplinary topics such as innovative water treatment processes including the use of novel technologies such as nanotechnology, low impact development and water quality monitoring, and physiochemical interactions of contaminants to the built environment. Research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, US Dept. of Agriculture, US Bureau of Reclamation, and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and others. Dr. Shipley is passionate about engineering education and mentoring unrepresented groups in engineering. She is involved in and a member of several professional organizations such as the American Chemical Society (ACS), Association of Environmental Engineering & Science Professors (AEESP), American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE). Dr. Shipley has also received several prestigious teaching and research awards for instance the University of Texas Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award, UTSA’s Faculty Service to Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry Award and is a part of the UTSA’s Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars.
Krystel Castillo-Villar received her Ph.D. from Texas Tech University and her Sc.D. from Monterey Tech (ITESM). She is currently the GreenStar Endowed Associate Professor in Energy in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute at The University of Texas at San Antonio. Her research expertise is in: (1) mathematical programming and optimization techniques for analyzing large-scale, complex systems under uncertainty, and (2) big data analytics for manufacturing processes. She is member of INFORMS, IISE and ASEE.
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