This year’s U.S.-China Forum will build on a discussion of “Shared Challenges in Water Management & Urban Development” between officials from the U.S. and China. Two expert panel discussions will follow proposing and exploring potential solutions to some of the primary challenges raised in the opening discussion: solutions found in public policy and solutions found in engineering and technology. The panels will be balanced with scientific researchers, policy administrators/analysts, and industrial leaders from both the U.S. and China. The roundtable discussion will be led by Steve Edwards, former NPR journalist and current executive director of the Institute of Politics. He’ll engage three figures — one each from policy, science, and industry — on their particular perspectives regarding water as a resource and on where/why those perspectives need to converge. The forum will close with an address from Christophe Beck of Nalco Water exploring global issues of water management from an industrial perspective.

Cost: Free | Registration is required


8:30 am–9:00 am


9:00 am–9:15 am

Welcome Remarks by IME Dean and Pritzker Director Matthew Tirrell

9:15 am–10:15 am

US-China Shared Challenges in Water Management & Urban Development

David St. Pierre, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, and Jin Huang, Chief Engineer of the Shanghai Urban Construction Design & Research Institute. Moderated by Steven Kloos

10:15 am–10:30 am


10:30 am–11:45 am

Policy Panel Discussion: Developing and Implementing Policies to Address Water Challenges

Panelists: Prof. Mark Templeton, Prof. Ma Zhong, Prof. Don Coursey, & Dr. Scott Moore. Moderated by Emma Berndt

11:45 am–1:00 am

Engineering & Technology Panel Discussion: Innovations in Engineering and Technology Aimed at Addressing Water Challenges

Panelists: Dr. Seth Darling, Dr. May Wu, Dr. Biplav Srivastava, & Dr. Junhong Chen. Moderated by Supratik Guha

1:00 pm–2:00 pm

Lunch Break - Box Lunches for Registered Guests

2:00 pm–3:00 pm

Roundtable Discussion on the Nexus Between Science, Industry, and Public Policy in Addressing Water Challenges

Panelists: Supratik Guha, Thomas Stanley, & Emma Berndt. Moderated by Steve Edwards

3:00 pm–3:15 pm


3:15 pm–4:15 pm

Closing Address from Christophe Beck, President of Nalco Water and Executive Vice-President of Ecolab

4:15 pm

Reception (open to all)

Areas of Focus: Environment
Producing and using energy damages people’s health and the environment. EPIC research is quantifying the social costs of energy choices and uncovering policies that help protect health while facilitating growth.