AEESP Research and Education Conference


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Proposals for hosting the 2019 AEESP Research and Education Conference is now closed.  The Research and Education Request for Proposals may be downloaded here.  More information can be obtained from Junko Munakata Marr, chair of the Conference Site Selection Committee, at or 303-273-3421.


The charge of the Site Selection Committee is to develop and disseminate the Request for Proposals to host the next AEESP Research and Education Conference; evaluate proposals from potential host committees; and to submit a recommendation to the AEESP Board in a timely fashion so that the Board may make the final site determination.  The Site Selection Committee's work is then complete until the next conference cycle commences.  This Committee is not expected to interact with the selected host committee during the actual conference planning proces; that responsibility rests with the current AEESP Board.


The Conference Site Selection Committee is responsible for ensuring that the Board will be in a position to award the next AEESP Research and Education Conference to a host Committee in a timely fashion.  This Committee is not responsible for the planning of the Conference itself, as those respinsibilities fall to the host institution(s) organizing committee.  Nonetheless, the Conference Site Selection Committee odes oversee the first step in preparing for the AEESP Conference, and following sequence of actions has been successful in completing this process.

  • Planning for the Conference typically begins two and a half years beforehand.  That is to say, six months before the most recently planned Biennial Conference.  During the winter prior to that Conference, the Chair of the Conference Site Selection Committee should contact the Committee's AEESP Board Liaison and request instructions/recommendations from the Board relative to revisions to the RFP to be used to soliciti proposals to host the next Biennial Conference.
  • In the months prior to the already-planned Biennial AEESP Conference, the Committee Chair shall review the membership of the Committee, contacting each each member to verify interest and availability to continue participation.  New members should be solicited from the general AEESP membership.
  • The Chair should contact the host Committee of the upcoming Biennial Conference to arrange for a time and place during the upcoming conference to hold a Site Selection Committee meeting, and those details should then be communicated to the entire Committee membership prior to the Conference.
  • The Chair should transmit to the Committee prior to the upcoming Conference the RFP used during the prior selection cycle so that each member can review that document.
  • At the Biennial Conference, the Committee will meet to review and discuss the RFP used during the previous selection cycle, consider instructions from the Board, and propose revisions to the document.
  • Soon after the Biennial Conference ends, the Chair will transmit to the Committee membership proposed changes to the RFP document, and solicit comments from those members not in attendance at the Committee meeting held during the Conference.
  • The Chair will consolidate changes to the RFP that represent the consensus of the Committee and send the revised draft document to the Committee for a final review.
  • The Chair will then send the revised draft RFP to the Committee's Board Liaison to be transmitted to the Presdent, Executive Committee, and/or the Board.
  • Once the Chair has received an approved RFP back from the Liaison, the Chair will cause the RFP to be published in the various AEESP communication venues: i.e. Newsletter and Listserv.  This should be accomplished no later than October following the just-completed Biennial Conference.
  • The Chair will respond to inquiries from potential host committees to aid in their understanding of the requirements and preferences expressed in the RFP.
  • Proposals will be submitted to the Chair by the end of January following the prior Conference.
  • Once proposals are received, the Chair will request that any Committee members with conflicts of interest recuse themselves from Committee deliberations.
  • The Chair will then transmit to the remaining Committee membership the proposals received, along with a scoring system to aid in ranking proposals.  This should be done as soon as possible in early February.  Members are requested to keep proposals and deliberations confidential.
  • The Committee members will be encouragedto discuss via email the merits and shortcomings of the various proposals in a confidential manner during the month of February.  The Chair will request that members submit a ranked list by date certain near the admonition that the results should remain confidential.
  • By early March, the Chair will transmit to the Boar Liaison the ranking of the proposals along with a summary of comments, and copies of all proposals received.
  • The Committee's work is now complete; it is not expected nor appropriate for the Chair or Committee members to contact any of those submitting proposals; that is the responsibility of the Board.

AEESP 2017


JUNE 20-22, 2017

*Thank you to everyone participating in the 2017 AEESP Research and Education Conference at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor this year.  AEESP's Board of Directors would like your comments and suggestions as we plan ahead towards the next Research and Education Conference.  We look forward to seeing you again in 2019!

The AEESP Research and Education Conference is the flagship event for members to exchange information on novel research and educational activities, as well as develop professional competencies.  It serves as a venue for the exchange of information among academics and practitioners, particularly relating to the advancement of innovative research and the preparation of students for professional practice in environmental engineering and science. AEESP Conferences are held every other year and are balanced with respect to content on research and education.

The University of Michigan led a consortium of universities in the Great Lakes Region, all with significant affiliations to AEESP (Michigan State University, Michigan Technological University, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Toledo, and Wayne State University) to host the 2017 AEESP Research and Education Conference in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  In a diversion from the past and attempt to be more family-friendly, the 2017 meeting began with workshops on Tuesday, June 20 and with the conference on Wednesday and Thursday, June 21-22.  The theme of the conference was Advancing Healthy Communities through Environmental Engineering and Science.  The conference was designed to emphasize a transdisciplinary program that highlights our traditional disciplinary skills but in new ways and in collaboration with complimentary disciplines and tools, such as: systems analysis, public health, governance and policy, economics, and social sciences.

Recently lauded by Forbes as the “Best College City in America,” Ann Arbor, Michigan provides a fun and vibrant setting for the 2017 AEESP Conference.  The city is less than a half hour drive from the Detroit’s major metropolitan airport, and is home to numerous award-winning restaurants and the beautiful, family-friendly campus of the University of Michigan, which will be celebrating its bicentennial in 2017.

Nancy Love and Christian Lastoskie
Conference co-Chairs

*Questions? Please email


2015 AEESP Conference

Yale University hosted the 2015 AEESP Research and Education Conference on June 13-16, 2015, in New Haven, Connecticut. The 2015 Conference,  "Environmental Engineering and Science: At the Nexus," provided faculty and students with exceptional opportunities to engage in this emerging field of interdisciplinary research.

The conference began on Saturday, June 13, 2015 with the Grand Challenges and Opportunities Workshop, followed by multiple educational and career development workshops throughout Sunday, June 14th, including an NSF CAREER Workshop, and two full-day technical sessions on Monday and Tuesday (June 15-16). Several plenary lectures were delivered with focuses on new strategies and technologies at the nexus of diverse disciplines. Various extracurricular activities, a social banquet, and a reception were offered around the historic Yale campus.

The Conference Chair was Jaehong Kim (, Barton L. Weller Associate Professor, and the co-chair is Menachem (Meny) Elimelech (, Roberto Goizueta Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at Yale University. Several sponsoring opportunities at various levels are available; please contact the conference chairs for questions.


University of Michigan, 2017

Yale University, 2015

Colorado School of Mines, 2013

University of South Florida, 2011

University of Iowa, 2009

Virginia Tech University, 2007

Clarkson University, 2005

University of Toronto, 2002

Penn State University, 1999

University of Maine, 1996

Oregon State University, 1991

Michigan Technological University, 1986

Purdue University, 1980

Drexel University, 1973

Northwestern University, 1967    

Harvard; Massachusetts, 1960