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Spotlight on Dr. Ani Jayakaran: The Path to Sustainable Development at the International LID Conference

Dr. Ani Jayakaran is a Technical Program Tri-Chair for the upcoming 2023 International Low Impact Development (LID) Conference. The event, in Oklahoma City from August 6-9, 2023, promises to be an exciting opportunity for the international community of engineers, municipal decision-makers, and educational researchers to learn more about the latest trends in sustainable and low impact development.

The diversity of attendees underscores the importance of the topics covered at the conference. Engineers, who play a crucial role in implementing sustainable practices, can learn from cutting-edge research and real-world case studies. Municipal decision-makers gain insights into the latest advancements in low-impact development, enabling them to make informed choices for their communities. Educational researchers, on the other hand, find fertile ground for collaboration and discovery as they work to expand the frontiers of knowledge in this field.

A notable highlight of this year’s conference is the participation of three graduate students mentored by Dr. Ani Jayakaran, each presenting their research findings. Chelsea Mitchell, a Ph.D. candidate, will explore the intriguing realm of “Permeable Pavement Treatment of Tire Wear Particles and Associated Chemicals.” Her work holds the potential to reshape our understanding of the environmental impact of tire wear and, more importantly, provide sustainable solutions to mitigate its effects.

Another WSU Ph.D. candidate, Ben Leonard, will highlight “The Role of Trees in Mitigating Stormwater in the Pacific Northwest.” Understanding how natural elements like trees can aid in stormwater management becomes invaluable as climate change continues to reshape our world. Leonard’s research could significantly influence urban planning and development strategies.

Daniel Ullom’s recently completed master’s thesis research will be presented. His work on the “Effects of Outlet Controls on Nitrogen Cycling in Bioretention Facilities” touches on some fundamental aspects of managing nitrogen in stormwater using principles of ecological engineering – specifically, how to maximize the efficiency of bioretention facilities in removing nitrogen, a potent water pollutant.

In addition to these talented students, WSC Permit Coordinator Brandon Boyd will also attend to broaden his knowledge about how municipalities implement Low Impact Development practices nationally. Such cross-pollination of ideas and experiences is at the heart of this conference, fostering connections that can drive real change in communities worldwide.

As we approach the International LID Conference in Oklahoma City, anticipation within the Low Impact Development community grows. Dr. Jayakaran is honored to serve in this leadership role and spotlight the contributions of dedicated researchers and practitioners that promise to illuminate new pathways toward sustainable urban development. From permeable pavements to the role of trees and the intricacies of bioretention facilities, this conference is poised to shape the future of environmental and water resources engineering for the better.