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Resilience Engineering


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Yair Farber

I’m a Lecturer in the Department of Quality and Reliability Engineering at Kinneret Academic College, Israel, and a Research Associate at Grand Water Research Institute at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. Prior, I worked as a researcher in the water industry. I hold a Ph.D in Environmental Engineering, an M.Sc in Agriculture Engineering, and a B.Sc in Bioprocess Quality Engineering, all from the Technion- Israel Institute of Technology. Previously, I was a member of the “Water and Information Technology” Working Group at Water Europe organization. Today I’m a management committee member at COST action 18225, dealing with taste and odor problems in drinking water.

I have technical-experimental experience (both from academia and industry) in water quality, analytical science, and emerging and bio-contaminants. In recent years, I’m forwarding this experience to a broader view, e.g., modeling and data analysis of water & wastewater treatment processes.

Under the Resilience Engineering program, I work with Dr. George van Voorn and Prof. Karel Keesman (both from WUR) to investigate the resilience of micropollutant removal in wastewater treatment (activated sludge). Wastewater treatment is essential for our urban water supply, yet very little work focuses on the capacity to maintain the function of wastewater treatment under shocks. In particular, this resilience concerns biological processes, which are dynamic. Biological wastewater treatment processes are delicate to control because of their biological nature (in particular, microbial activities). Fluctuations in temperature, an influx of toxic substances, and other environmental variations disrupt the microbial communities that operate the wastewater treatment process. In such systems, we need to consider the resilience of the process, i.e., the capacity to recover from shocks like significant temperature changes and sudden influxes of toxicants, so that the wastewater treatment functions again as intended.