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Prof Jörg E. Drewes

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Prof Jörg E. Drewes

Chair Professor of Urban Water Systems Engineering
Technical University of Munich


Prof Jörg E. Drewes is Chair Professor of Urban Water Systems Engineering at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany, where he also serves as Program Director of the Environmental Engineering Program and as a member of TUM’s Appointment and Tenure Board. Before joining TUM in 2013, he served as Full Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines (CSM), USA (2001-2013) and Director of Research for the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center on Reinventing the Nation’s Urban Water Infrastructure (ReNUWIt). From 2010-2011, he was appointed as Associate Director and Visiting Professor of the Water Desalination and Reuse Center at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi-Arabia. Prior to joining CSM, he served as the Associate Director of the National Center for Sustainable Water Supply (NCSWS) at Arizona State University, USA.​

Prof Drewes’ research and scholarly activities are closely related to the common theme of energy efficient advanced water treatment systems and water recycling. In particular, he is interested in novel design approaches for natural and engineered treatment systems; distributed non-potable water reuse; potable water reuse; monitoring strategies and treatment performance assessments; state-of-the-art analysis of emerging trace organic chemicals (pharmaceutical residues, household chemicals, PFAS) and pathogens (including viruses and antibiotic resistance) in natural and engineered systems. Dr. Drewes has published more than 300 peer-reviewed journal papers and book contributions (h-index 53, Scopus).

Prof Drewes was appointed as member of the Advisory Council on Global Change directly advising the German Government (WBGU). He was awarded Fellow of the International Water Association (IWA) and is a member of the Strategic Council of IWA. He also served as the Chair of IWA’s Water Reuse Specialist Group (2013-2019). He is also a member of the Drinking Water Commission, German Federal Ministry of Health and serves as the Associate Editor of ACS Environmental Science & Technology. Dr. Drewes served on multiple science advisory panels and chaired blue-ribbon panels on topics related to public health, engineering, drinking water supply, and reliability of water reuse projects in the U.S., Australia, Germany, and the European Union. He also serves on the Research Advisory Council of the Water Research Foundation (Alexandria, VA, USA).​