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The Future of Clean Water

October 19, 2016
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Hess Club
5430 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX 77056

The Future of Clean Water

October  19, 2016
Drinks and hors d'oeuvres 5:30PM
Program starts at 6:30PM

Hess Club
5430 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX  77056


The demand for clean water is increasing around the world.  Weather pattern changes are  creating even more uncertainties.  We may well see severe water shortages before we see critical shortages of oil.  This program will examine water supply and quality challenges and solutions around the world and particularly in the United States and Texas.  The program will also discuss some of the technologies available to make clean water available.   As Mark Twain said "Whiskey is for drinking and water is for fighting" .

Moderator  -- Michael Bloom, Sustainability Practice Manager at R.G. Miller Engineers, Inc. 
Bill King, Former Mayor of Kemah  
Amanda Brock, CEO and Founder of Water Standard
Michael Wong, Professor andChairman of the Rice University Department of Chemical Engineering
Jonathan Pressdee, VP AECOM

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Michael F. Bloom, P.E.      Manager of the Sustainability Practice of  R.G. Miller Engineerings

Michael is the manager of the Sustainability Practice of R. G. Miller Engineers, Inc., a Houston-based civil and environmental engineering firm.  Michael plans, permits, and designs water systems, including those for reuse, stormwater management, wastewater treatment, and drinking water supplies.  He is the former chair of the Greater Houston Partnership’s Water Issues Committee, Chair of the Watershed Management Committee and Vice Chair of the Government Affairs Committee of the Water Environmental Association of Texas.  He has served as a moderator at the 2011 Center for Houston’s Future: Counting on Quality of Place symposium and during the 2006 Bayou Preservation Association’s Low Impact Development Symposium.  He was an invited panelist at “The Future of Stormwater,” during the 2010 STORMCON: The National Surface Water Quality Conference and Exhibition.  Michael is registered professional engineer in Texas and seven other states.  He was named an Envision Sustainability Professional by the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure

Bill King  Former Mayor of Kemah 

Bill King is a life-long resident of the Houston area. He was born and raised along Galveston Bay in Kemah, Texas. He earned an undergraduate and law degree from the University of Houston. Mr. King has enjoyed a varied business and legal career, including serving as the national managing partner of Linebarger, Goggan, Blair & Sampson, Of Counsel to Bracewell & Giuliani and the President of Southwest Airport Services, Inc. He has also been a frequently writer for the Houston Chronicle, authoring a weekly column on politics and public policy from 2010-2015. In addition, he has authored two books, his most recent, Unapologetically Moderate, is a compilation of a selection of his Chronicle columns. Mr. King’s community involvement includes numerous public service and volunteer organizations. From 1992-2004, he served in various positions with the City of Kemah including the Kemah Economic Development Corporation, City Council and two terms as Mayor. In 2015 he was a candidate for mayor of Houston, ultimately losing in a run-off in the closest election in the City’s history. He has also served in many capacities with charitable and civic organizations, including Interfaith Ministries, the Methodist Debakey Hearth, Fire Fighter Foundation of Houston, Crime Stoppers and Galveston Bay Foundation. He has received numerous awards for his public service, including the Galleria Chamber’s “Texas Legend” award, the American Leadership Foundation’s Jaworski Leadership Award and the National Hurricane Conference’s Outstanding Achievement Award. 


Amanda Brock     CEO and Founder of Water Standard 

Amanda Brock, founder and CEO of Water Standard has spent her career focused in the global oil and gas, power, and water sectors. She was named one of the top 10 women in energy by the Houston Chronicle and in 2016 was recognized by Water & Wastewater International (WWi) as one of the top 25 leaders in water and waste water globally. Focusing on water as a strategic imperative, Ms. Brock is regularly invited to speak at global conferences and advises private equity investors in water-related matters.  In March 2016 she was invited to the White House for the announcement of the Moonshot for Water Initiative and led a White House delegation to Abu Dhabi in April to view desalination pilot facilities.

Ms. Brock serves on the Board of Texas Business Hall of Fame, the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, the Advisory Boards of Texas Executive Women and Amane Advisors of Oxford, U.K.  She completed her undergraduate degree in South Africa and earned her law degree at LSU, where she was a member of the Law Review. Amanda is a regular columnist writing on the Water Energy Nexus, for Global Water Intelligence. 


Michael Wong   Professor and Chair of Chemical & Biomolecular Chemistry and Material Science & Nanoengineering at George R. Brown’s School of Engineering at Rice University 


Dr. Michael S. Wong is Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Rice University. He is also Professor in the Department of Chemistry, Department of Civil and environmental Engineering, and Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering. He was educated and trained at Caltech, MIT, and UCSB before arriving at Rice in 2001. His research program broadly addresses chemical engineering problems using the tools of materials chemistry, with a particular interest in energy and environmental applications ("catalysis for clean water"). He has received numerous honors, including the MIT TR35 Young Innovator Award, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Nanoscale Science and Engineering Young Investigator Award, Smithsonian Magazine Young Innovator Award, and in 2015, the North American Catalysis Society/Southwest Catalysis Society Excellence in Applied Catalysis Award. He is Research Thrust Leader on 'Multifunctional Nanomaterials" in the NSF-funded NEWT (Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment) Engineering Research Center. He is Chair of the ACS Division of Catalysis Science and Technology (CATL), and serves on the Applied Catalysis B: Environmental editorial board.



Jonathan Pressdee    Vice President and Market Sector Leader for AECOM’s drinking water and reuse business    
Jonathan is a chemical and biochemical engineer by training, as has led many innova$ve projectsthroughout his career including the introduction of advanced water treatment technology to safeguard public health from emerging contaminants and pathogens. Early in his career his research was used as the foundation for the formation of new water quality standards to remove the threat of Cryptosporidium in public water supplies, a pathogen that has caused serious illness through several notable outbreaks in the USA. He has developed water projects for industrial users and implemented water reuse suitable for direct potable consump$on in water constrained environments. He has worked
around the world, star$ng his career in the UK with notable projects across the USA, Singapore, Chile, Australia and northern Europe through delivery mechanisms ranging from traditional design, through alternative delivery and design, build operate and finance.




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