This book comprises select papers presented at the International Conference on Trends and Recent Advances in Civil Engineering (TRACE 2020). This book covers papers on contemporary renewable energy and environmental technologies which include water purification, water distribution network, use of solar energy for electricity production, waste management, greening of buildings and air quality analysis. In all, twenty-three papers have been selected for publication. It is believed that this book will be useful to a fairly wide spectrum of audience like researchers, application engineers and industry managers.
Dr. Rafid AlKhaddar has extensive experience in Water and Environmental Engineering, with special expertise in wastewater treatment methods. He graduated from the University of Basra, Iraq, as a civil engineer, and obtained his Masters and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering Hydraulics from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK. He is currently Professor and Head of the Department of Civil Engineering at Liverpool John Moores University where he manages 27 staff and 900 students, who are enrolled in various courses such as HNC, B.Eng., M.Eng., M.Sc. and Ph.D. The Department runs fully accredited degrees by the Institution of Civil Engineers in the UK, and he led a number of these accreditations. He has maintained a very strong link with the UK Water and Environmental industry in order to stay involved with any new developments in the aforementioned fields. He was President of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) in 2015-2016. He is also Fellow of the Institution and Honorary Vice President of the Institution. He has developed a number of collaborative programmes with International Universities with the University of Babylon (Iraq), International College for Business and Technology (Sri Lanka) and Oryx Global University (Qatar). He has published over 170 publications in peer-reviewed journals and international conferences. He has managed to attract over £1.5 Million in research and consultancy funding since the year 2000.
Dr. N. D. Kaushika, Formerly Professor, Centre for Energy Studies, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, and subsequently Director of reputed engineering institutions in Delhi and National Capital Region, is a specialist in renewable energy and environment. He is a recipient of the Hariom Prerit S. S. Bhatnagar Research Endowment Award for research in energy conservation in 1987. Currently, he is Visiting Research Professor at the Institute of Technological Engineering and Research of SOA University, Bhubaneswar, India. He is an author of five books and has contributed articles in several reputed journals and book chapters in several books by international publishers.
Dr. S. K. Singh is Professor & Dean, at Delhi Technological University (DTU), Delhi. He has obtained his Ph.D. from BITS, Pilani, and M.Tech. from IIT (BHU), Varanasi, and B.E. from Gorakhpur University having first division with distinction throughout. He is engaged in teaching, research, administration and consultancy for the last 31 years and is presently Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering for the last 20 years at DTU, Delhi. He is also Independent Director, WAPCOS Limited (A Mini Ratna-I PSU, GOI). He has guided 12 Ph.D.s, about 65 M.Tech. theses and more than 150 UG Projects. He has participated in various national and international conferences, published more than 214 research papers in national and international journals of repute and authored 04 books. He has provided technical assistance as Member to groups of experts, set up for determining polluting industries in NCT of Delhi; examining proposals for establishing degree/diploma level technical institutions in NCT of Delhi; evaluation of projects for the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Ministry of Environment and Forest, GOI; Member of Board of Governors, CSMRS, Ministry of Water Resources, GOI; Chairman, Departmental Promotion Committee, IASRI (ICAR) New Delhi; Member, University Court, University of Delhi; Expert Member, Equivalence Committee, UPSC, New Delhi; Advisor, Selection Committee for recruitment at UPSC, New Delhi; Technical Expert for various committees of MoEFCC, GOI; Expert Member, DST, GOI; Member, Expert Committee, CAPART, Ministry of Rural Development, Govt. of India. He has received felicitations and awards by professional bodies such as APJ Abdul Kalam Award 2016, Rashtriya Shiksha Gaurav Puraskar 2014; International Felicitation and WEC-IIEE-IAEWP Environmental Award; Rashtriya Samman Puraskar 2005; Excellent Services Award; Clean Up The Earth Award; Eminent Personality Award.
Dr. R.K. Tomar received his Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi and is currently, Head of the Department of Civil Engineering, Amity School of Engineering and Technology, Amity University, India. His research interests include artificial intelligence applications in buildings and sustainable built environment. He has a combined experience of 30 years in industry and academia in various capacities. He has published several research articles in international peer-reviewed journals. He is also guiding students for Ph.D. in the field of Energy and Built Environment.