Joseph Hun-Wei Lee

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology,Hong kong, China

Prof. Lee received his PhD in Civil Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1977, and is currently the Senior Advisor to the President of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He is a Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of Engineering Sciences, the American Society of Civil Engineers and Hong Kong Institution of Engineers. He is now also servicing as the President of the International Association for Hydro-environment Engineering and Research (IAHR). His research revolves around the use of hydraulics to solve environmental problems, in particular the prediction and control of water quality. Awards and honours he received include the Senior Research Fellowship Award of the Croucher Foundation (1998), Innovation Award for Construction Industry of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (2002), Best paper award of the 14th IAHR APD Conference (2004), the 2010 China State Scientific and Technological Progress Award (Second Class, Principal Investigator), the 2013 Karl Emil Hilgard Hydraulic Prize of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and the 2017 Innovation Award (First Prize, Sustainability) of the Hong Kong Construction Industry Council. He is also the first Asia-based academic to receive the ASCE Hunter Rouse Hydraulic Engineering Award (2009). He was elected into the Royal Academy of Engineering, United Kingdom in 2008, and was bestowed Honorary Membership by the IAHR in 2015.


Marcel Stive

Technische Universiteit Delft,Netherlands

Prof. Stive with a PhD in Civil Engineering from the Delft University of Technology in 1988, since March 2017 Emeritus Professor, has plus 40 years experience in research and consultancy projects in the fields of hydraulic engineering, coastal morphodynamics, coastal bio-geomorphology and coastal and estuarine management. His record involves coasts, estuaries, harbours and offshore projects in many countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas, using fieldwork, experimental physical and mathematical physical models. He was involved in several projects sponsored by the science and technology programmes of the EU, of two of which he was overall co-ordinator. He has written many publications on a variety of topics, ranging from geology to hydraulic engineering and coastal zone management. Chapter 6 of the IPCC 4th Assessment Report contains 11 references to his publications. He is contributing author to Chapter 5 of the IPCC 5th Assessment Report, which contains 4 references to his publications. His current Google H-index is plus 50. In 2012 he received an Honorary Doctorate from Lund University, Sweden. In 2013, he was knighted in the Order of the Dutch Lion. In 2014 he received the Coastal Sediments Award, in 2015 the ASCE Coastal Award and in 2018 the Friendship Award of Jiangsu Province, P.R. China. He is considered the “father” of the “Sand Engine”, a Building with Nature iconic project.


Joe Femando

The University of Notre Dame,U.S.A

Prof. Fernando received his PhD in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics from the Johns Hopkins University in 1983, and now is the Wayne and Diana Murdy Endowed Professor at the University of Notre Dame. He has devoted himself to the research areas covering basic fluid dynamics, experimental methods, oceanography, atmospheric sciences, environmental sciences and engineering, air pollution, alternative energy sources, acoustics, heat transfer and hydraulics, river and fluids engineering. Among awards and honors he received are the UNESCO Gold Medal for the Best Engineering Student of the Year (1979), Presidential Young Investigator Award (NSF, 1986), ASU Alumni Distinguished Research Award (1997), Rieger Foundation Distinguish Scholar Award in Environmental Sciences (2001), William Mong Lectureship from the University of Hong Kong (2004) and Life Time Achievement Award from the Sri Lanka Foundation of the USA (2007). He is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), American Physical Society (APS), American Meteorological Society (AMS) and American Association for Advancement in Science (AAAS). He was elected to the European Academy in 2009 and was awarded Doctor Honoris Causa by the Universite Joseph Fourier (University of Grenoble, France) in 2014 and Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa by the University of Dundee in 2016. Currently he is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal, Environmental Fluid Dynamics.


Vladimir Nikora

University of Aberdeen,Britain

Prof. Nikora has been the Sixth Century Chair in Environmental Fluid Mechanics at University of Aberdeen since 2006. Currently he is working on development of a broad multidisciplinary research programme focusing on fluvial hydraulics (sediment transport, turbulence, flow resistance, mixing), eco-hydraulics (flow-biota interactions at multiple scales, ecologically relevant transport processes, vegetated channels, surface-subsurface flow interactions, benthic boundary layers), and fundamental issues of rough-bed flow hydrodynamics. His recent awards and distinctions include Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (2019), 7th M. Selim Yalin Lifetime Achievement Award of IAHR (2019), Hans Albert Einstein Award of the ASCE (2017), Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (2011), Hunter Rouse Hydraulic Engineering Award of the ASCE (2010) and EWRI/ASCE Best Technical Note Award (2010). He took many external responsibilities in the past years, such as Editor of Journal of Hydraulic Research (IAHR, 2011-1016), Associate Editor of Water Resources Research (AGU, 2006-2011), Associate Editor of Journal of Hydraulic Engineering (ASCE, 2007-2011), Guest Editor of Acta Geophysica (Springer, 2006-2008), Member of the Leadership Team (Past Chair) of the Experimental Methods and Instrumentation Committee of the IAHR, and Member of International and Organising Committees for a number of International Conferences and Workshops.


M. Levent Kavvas

University of California,Davis,U.S.A

Prof. Kavvas’ received his PhD in Civil Engineering from the Purdue University, and is the Distinguished Professor, Gerald and Lillian Orlob Endowed Chair Professor of Water Resources Engineering at the University of California, Davis. He is a Registered Professional Hydrologist and also a ASCE Fellow. His areas of specialization include mathematical modeling of the integrated hydrologic-atmospheric processes at global, continental, country and watershed scales for the simulation and prediction of hydrologic water balances toward quantifying phenomena such as floods and droughts; mathematical modeling of hydrologic processes at regional, watershed and hillslope scales; investigations on the mathematical modeling of contaminant transport by inland surface waters, unsaturated flow and groundwater flow, and physical hydraulic modeling of environmental fluid flows. He received many awards and honors in the past years, such as ASCE Richard Torrens Award (1999), ASCE Arid Lands Hydraulic Engineering Award (2001), ASCE/EWRI JHE Best paper award (2006), ASCE Fellow (2008), ASCE Ven Te Chow Award Lecturer (2009), ASCE Ven Te Chow Award (2009, the highest honor that can be bestowed by ASCE to a Hydrologic Engineer). He services as Member of California Climate Change Advisory Board, Member of the Steering Group on Water and Climate Change, Asia-Pacific Water Forum, and Member of the UNESCO Expert Group on Climate Change and Water.