Prof. Kaimin Shih

The University of Hong Kong

Biography: Kaimin Shih is currently a Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Hong Kong. He received his Ph.D. and the postdoctoral training in the Environmental Engineering and Science program at Stanford University. After joining the University of Hong Kong, he has established and led the “Environmental Materials Research Group” since 2008. Their work is primarily to engineer and employ material properties for innovative environmental and energy applications. Professor Shih is particularly interested in studying the mass transfer behavior in solid matrices and at water-mineral interfaces. He has carried out research projects related to waste-to-resource strategies, environmentally-friendly materials/products, urban environmental pollutants, water and waste treatment technologies, and energy-storage materials. Professor Shih has published 170+ SCI journal articles, authored 8 book chapters, and edited 2 books. He is currently a member of the Scientific Advisory Board in the International Waste Working Group, serves as executive committee members in 5 environmental associations, and serves as an editor or associate editor in 4 peer-reviewed scientific journals. In 2014, he received university’s Outstanding Teaching Award for his extraordinary contribution to the environmental engineering education at the University of Hong Kong. Further details about Professor Shih’s research activities can be found at


Prof. Ngai Weng Chan
Universiti Sains Malaysia

Biography: Ngai Weng Chan is Professor of Physical Geography at the Universiti Sains Malaysia in Penang, Malaysia. His main research areas are Environmental Hazards Management, Hydro-Climatology & Water Resources Management. He is currently Vice-President of the International Water Resources Association, Member of International Association of Hydrological Sciences and Member of International Water Association. He is currently President of Water Watch Penang (WWP), Treasurer of Malaysian Environmental NGOs (MENGOs) and member of Malaysian Water Partnership and Malaysian Water Association. He has completed more than 50 research/consultancy projects and published 26 Books, 59 Chapters in Books, and more than 100 professional papers.


Prof. Yaoming Hong

Nanhua University

Biography: Yao-Ming Hong received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in the Department of Soil and Water Conservation and the Ph.D. degree in the Department of Civil Engineering from National Chung-Hsing University, Taichung, Taiwan, R.O.C., in 1988, 1990, and 2002, respectively. He was a Senior Engineer at Moh and Associates, Inc. from 1992 to 1998. He was an Assistant Professor with MingDao University, Changhua, Taiwan, R.O.C., in the Department of Computer and Information Science from 2002 to 2007 and in the Department of Design for Sustainable Environment from 2007 to 2009. From 2010 to 2016, He was an Associate Professor and dean of the Department of Design for Sustainable Environment. From 2016, He was an Associate Professor and dean of the master program of Green Technology for Sustainable Development in NanHua University. He is interested in hydraulic engineering, groundwater forecasting, and real-time remote monitoring systems using wireless sensor networks.