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Center for Global Public Safety Annual Symposium

Tuesday, November 09, 2021
8:30 am to 10:30 am

The world is facing serious challenges with the pandemic, climate change, and natural resources.  In response, research scientists, local/global communities, and industry leaders are innovating and collaborating to produce creative responses.

Join us for the annual Center for Global Public Safety Symposium to learn how WPI and Tsinghua University’s scientists are contributing to technological advancements to address challenges locally and globally, how industry partners are mobilizing at the forefront of creating safe and green solutions, and how global partnerships are working for the benefit of communities around the world.

This event features two keynote talks, the first by Professor Hui Zhang, the Vice Chairman of Chinese Public Safety Association and Director of the Institute of Public Safety Research at Tsinghua University.  Prof. Zhang will discuss the outlook of China beyond COVID-19.  The second talk is by Dr. Judy Jeevarajan, Vice President of Research in the Electrochemical Safety Research Institute for Underwriters Laboratories (UL) with more than 25 years of experience in the area of battery safety research, on current challenges and the future of lithium ion battery safety. 


The final portion of the event is a panel discussion of researchers and industry leaders addressing Emerging Contaminants & Water Technologies.  Guests on the panel include distinguished professionals and researchers in the water security field such as:

  • Peter Tunnicliffe ’74 of CDM Smith
  • Bob Ferrari '74 of Northeast Water Solutions
  • Natalie Farny, Asst Professor, Biology & Biotechnology
  • John Bergendahl, Assoc Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering


Panel discussion will be moderated by WPI Schwaber Professor Hal Walker, Civil & Environmental Engineering.

We welcome professionals from many different industries including energy, public health, water quality and fire protection, all related to global public safety concerns in different ways.


Registration Deadline:
Tuesday, November 9, 2021 9:00 am
Carrie West
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