People List

This is a list of all those directly involved in the Wat-Qual project by order of surname.

Name/Biography Partner Photo

Edo Abraham

Edo Abraham is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Water Management at TU Delft, working on the modelling, analysis, optimization and control of drinking water distribution and water resources systems. Before coming to TU Delft, Edo was a Research Associate in the Environmental and Water Resources Engineering Group at Imperial College London. Edo holds PhD in control engineering and has since worked in developing and applying advanced modelling, control and optimisation tools for drinking water systems and water resources systems. His research is motivated by imperatives in urban water sustainability – leakage diagnosis and localization, improving resilience, efficient energy utilization, and water quality management for water distribution systems. Edo received the MEng. degree in electrical and electronic engineering and a PhD degree in control engineering from Imperial College London, U.K., in 2008 and 2013, respectively.

TU Delft
Claudia Agudela-Vera KWR Water
David Ayala Irstea, Bordeaux Regional Centre

Mirjam Blokker

Mirjam Blokker is a principal scientist on the drinking water infrastructure team. She is an expert in drinking water demand and developed the SIMDEUM model, which can be used to predict the demand for shower water, toilet flushing water, water consumption etc. With this model, she also did research on the impact of flow speeds and residence times on water quality in the pipeline network and completed her PhD on that topic in 2010. As an extension to this, Mirjam carried out the research and implementation in designing the water network. In recent years, Mirjam researched the temperature in the pipeline network and the microbiological regrowth in the network.

KWR Water
Dominic L. Boccelli University of Cincinnati
Arne Bosch Waternet
Mathias Braun Irstea, Bordeaux Regional Centre
Carolina Calero Preciado University of Sheffield

Enrico Creaco

I obtained my PhD in Hydraulic Engineering in 2006 and have researched topics pertinent to water and environmental systems for over ten years. My career began at the Universities of Catania and then Ferrara, Italy, and I obtained an Associate Professor Qualification in the Hydraulics, Hydrology and Hydraulic Infrastructure Sector in December 2013. From May 2014 to June 2015 I took up a Research Fellow post at the University of Exeter and became Assistant Professor at the University of Pavia in September 2015. Since April 2016, I have been Honorary Senior Reseach Fellow at the University of Exeter. Since December 2016, I have been Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the University of Adelaide.

University of Pavia
Isabel Douterelo University of Sheffield

Katherine Fish

Kat is an applied environmental microbiologist with over six years experience of investigating the microbial ecology of engineered systems. She earned her Ph.D. in Civil and Structural Engineering from the University of Sheffield, where she investigated "The impact of hydraulic regime upon biofilms in drinking water distribution systems". Now working as a Post-doctoral Research Associate, within the Pennine Water Group, Kat specialises in investigating the interactions between environmental microbial ecology, drinking water distribution systems and water quality.

University of Sheffield
Salvador Garcia CYCA
Pedro Iglesias Universidad Politécnica de Valencia
Marko Ivetic University of Belgrade
Nenad Jacimovic University of Belgrade
Tomáš Kučera Brno University of Technology
Javier Martínez-Solano Universidad Politécnica de Valencia

Zoran Kapelan

Prof. Zoran Kapelan is Professor of Water Systems Engineering and Head of the Water and Environment Group at the University of Exeter with 28 years of research and consulting experience in various water engineering disciplines, both in the UK and abroad. He graduated at the University of Belgrade (Faculty of Civil Engineering) in 1989 as the best student in his class and obtained his PhD in Engineering at the University of Exeter in 2002. Prior to joining the University of Exeter in 1999 he worked for 10 years as a full-time consultant in the water industry abroad and was responsible for the design of various complex water engineering systems, including water and wastewater infrastructure systems, flood/river control systems, irrigation/drainage systems and systems of large open reservoirs with dams and hydro power plants. His research interests and expertise are centred on the development of novel engineering and informatics based methodologies addressing a wide range of issues in urban water systems (both water and wastewater).

University of Exeter
Karel van Laarhoven KWR Water
Anja Mojsilovic Pancevo Water Company
Thomas Meyn NTNU
Olivier Piller Irstea, Bordeaux Regional Centre
Aleksandar Radulovic Pancevo Water Company
Markéta Rajnochová Brno University of Technology
Matteo Rubinato University of Sheffield
Fernando Rosario-Ortiz University of Colorado
Jan Ručka Vysoke Uceni Technicke Brne
Sveinung Sægrov NTNU

Peter Schaap

Peter Schaap is asset engineer water quality at PWN. PWN a water company for the province of North Holland in the Netherlands. He has a bachelor degree in environmental studies “waste water treatment”, but switched directly to the clean water side.
He has over 20 years’ experience in the water industry, first 11 years as a researcher at KWR and since 2007 at PWN managing the water quality in the network. Analysing trends in changing water quality on short and mid long term, also at hot spots. Designed the policy around flushing, using the knowledge acquired in projects at KWR, and implemented this within PWN. Specialised in systematic unidirectional flushing and water quality measurements within the distribution network. At the moment I work on the behaviour of particles in networks under different hydraulic conditions, so predictions can be made to find high risk area’s for customer complaints.

Vanessa Speight University of Sheffield
Drasko Stojic Pancevo Water Company
Tomáš Sucháček Brno University of Technology

Joost van Summeren

Joost van Summeren is a scientific researcher on the Water Infrastructure team. His research focuses on an improved insight into the quality and quantity of drinking water in distribution networks and real-time monitoring by means of sensor networks. His work includes the development and application of new measurement methods and data analysis techniques and numerical water quality modelling. He also works on practical research with testing grounds, pilot plants and living labs.

KWR Water
Ladislav Tuhovčák Vysoke Uceni Technicke Brne
Martin Wagner TZW German Water Center

Maria Xenochristou

Maria is currently based in the Centre for Water Systems at the University of Exeter, whilst collaborating closely with Wessex Water. Before joining the WISE Programme in 2015, she graduated from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) with a MEng in Civil Engineering. Whilst at university, she completed a year-long internship as a research assistant at the Berlin Centre of Competence for Water (Kompetenz Zentrum Wasser Berlin) in Germany, where she worked on project SEMA (SEwer deterioration Model for Asset Management strategy). Following her return to Greece, she also completed a four month internship as a data analyst for a Greek start-up company. Her research interests lie in the intersection between civil and software engineering and include water demand pattern recognition and forecasting, statistical analysis and machine learning.

University of Exeter