Visiting Professors

Our researchers and students  benefiit from direct input by Visiting Professors from the water industry.

Professor Issy Caffoor is a Visiting Professor and previously served as our Knowledge Transfer Chair in water sustainability. Prior to that he was R&D Manager at Yorkshire Water and has worked in the water industry for over 35 years.

Professor Tony Conway is a Visiting Professor and was Executive Director of United Utilities where he focused on identifying world-leading water utility innovation, engaging with innovation hubs around the globe and introducing these new approaches into the organisation. He has served as a member of the Water UK Environmental Policy Advisory Group, a Director of UK Water Industry Research Ltd and a Director of the Water Industry Forum.

Professor Mirjam Blokker is a Visiting Professor from Dutch company, KWR Watercycle Research Institute, where she is Principal Scientist in the field of drinking water distribution. Within this field she has developed a detailed demand model (detailed in time with time scales as short as one second and detailed in space with water demand at the fixture level) called SIMDEUM®. This model is being applied in (research into) scenario studies, designing the self-cleaning network, and water quality modelling. Her work with the University of Sheffield further strengthens the collaborative relationship with KWR, in the field of water quality in distribution networks, further application of SIMDEUM, and automatic inspection robots in distribution networks.

Professor Christopher J Digman is a Visiting Professor and a member of the TWENTY65 Leadership Board and Technical Director for Urban Drainage at civil and environmental consulting and contracting engineers, MWH. His interests include managing storm water using sustainable solutions, integrated urban drainage, sewer solid management and sewer blockage reduction.

Our academics are prominent advisors to many Government departments and agencies. We have more than 100 researchers active in water R&D, including 12 professors, and have excellent connections with universities both here in the UK and around the world.

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