S-D5 Systems-Based Modeling of FEW Nexus in Megacities

This session will explore research advances for FEW systems protection, in particular the integration and inter-dependency of heterogeneous data and internet of things signals, uncertainties, climate-risks, for systems-based modeling, verification at the pilot scale, and analysis of the impact of urbanization and anthropogenic disruptions on FEW systems in cities.

The session will also address challenges and complexity in the protection and interactions of FEW resources utilizing mathematical and GIS techniques, big data analytics, decision support tools, and “infrastructure ecology” methodologies.


  • Nada Marie Anid, Dean, School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, New York Institute of Technology


  • Noël Bakhtian, Energy-Water Nexus Lead, Office of International Affairs, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Vatsal Bhatt, Senior Energy Policy Advisor, Brookhaven National Lab and Eco Partnership Program
  • Ziqian (Cecilia) Dong, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, New York Institute of Technology
  • Joshua Sperling, Research Fellow, National Center for Atmospheric Research, University of Colorado

Dr. Nada Anid is the first female dean of NYIT’s School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, overseeing 80 faculty and 3,500 students. She embraces forward-thinking and applications-oriented strategic partnerships with the public and private sector, including an Entrepreneurship & Technology Innovation Center with labs in IT & Cyber Security, Bioengineering & Health, and Energy & Green Technologies. She is committed to educating a new generation of engineers ready to address challenges identified by the National Academy of Engineering, and an active proponent of K-12 STEM education, encouraging girls to experience the thrill of discovery and design. She earned a Ph.D. in environmental engineering from the University of Michigan, and BS and MS degrees in chemical engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH Stockholm) 516-686-7931, nanid@nyit.edu

Dr. Noël Bakhtian leads coordination and strategy efforts on Energy-Water Nexus activities for the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of International Affairs. In this role, she manages the U.S. interagency working group on the international water-energy nexus (IWEN) and supports bilateral and multilateral DOE nexus engagements including the new $50M U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center energy-water track, the proposed International Energy Agency global nexus network, and various others. She concurrently serves as a Senior Fellow in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). Noël completed her undergraduate work at Duke University, holds Masters degrees from the University of Cambridge and Stanford University, and completed her doctorate at Stanford University’s Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. nmb@alumni.stanford.edu

Ziqian (Cecilia) Dong is an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at New York Institute of Technology. She received her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark NJ. She is the recipient of Hashimoto Prize and Hashimoto Fellowship. She serves as the PI for the NYIT Research Experience of Undergraduates Site funded by NSF focusing on securing mobile devices and wireless communication networks. Her research combines sensor technologies and communication networks for automatic sensor data collection and data analysis in various applications of cyber physical systems with focus on implementing low cost sensors (air, water quality sensors) through wireless network to facilitate automatic fine-grained data collection to improve the understanding of the dynamics of FEW resources. The problems her research addresses are how to ensure reliability of measurement data, how to recover missing data with limited measurement data and how to visualize and interpret the collected sensing data to correlate with environmental events to improve the understanding of FEW nexus. 6462736129, ziqian.dong@nyit.edu

Joshua Sperling is a Research Fellow in the Urban Futures program at NCAR in Colorado. He is a former Fulbright Scholar, NSF PIRE Fellow, and holds a PhD from the interdisciplinary Sustainable Urban Infrastructure program at UC-Denver. His research combines engineering, planning, and policy approaches to the nexus of FEW-related infrastructure systems, environmental change and health in cities. Recent NSF-funded research has focused on developing low-carbon, healthy and resilient cities in the USA, China and India and on ‘Sustainable Cities: People, Infrastructures and the Energy-Water-Climate Nexus’. He has also had invitations to the UN World Water Organization, World Energy Forum, and UNDP Equator Prize; worked professionally at global firm, ARUP; and contributed as a lead author to the 2nd Assessment Report on Cities and Climate Change. 240-997-9245, Joshuabsperling@gmail.com

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