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Agarwal. Swarna (USA)

Dr. Swarna Agarwal is Engineering Manager for filtration media R&D at Parker Hannifin, Engine and Mobile Original Equipment Division, USA.  She has 15years of academic and industrial experience in new product development for liquid filtration, nonwovens manufacturing, nanotechnology and surface functionalization. She also has expertise in coalescence through porous media, emulsion formation, characterization and separation, interfacial and wetting science, bio-inspired textiles, medical textiles, automotive textiles, and project management. At Parker she is primly responsible for all the R&D development for fuel and hydraulic oil filters. While working at Parker she has developed more than 30 new products and improved the R&D technology and capabilities to an advanced level.  Prior to joining Parker, she worked as a researcher at UCLA, Water Planet Inc. Los Angeles and developed chemically and thermally stable phase inversion UF-membranes PolyCera® for oily waste water purification. In 2013 it was recognized with Distinction Technology Award by Global Water Awards. From 2007-11 she was part of elite scientists at ITV Denkendorf Germany and developed nanostructured depth coalescing filters for emulsion separation for partner industries.  She has been active member of AFS and served as a role of conference chair, session moderator, scientific committee member of WFC-13. She also received the AFS Senior Scientist  Award in 2018. She has over 20 publications and conference proceedings, one book and 3 patents.

Bessee, Gary (USA)

Mr. Bessee is President of Bessee Expert Services, LLC and has more than 39 years’ experience in the applied Research and Development (R&D) in fuel and lubricant, alternative fuels, fluid cleanliness, contamination control, wear studies, and filtration testing and method development for ground and aviation applications. He has received such distinguished awards as the SAE Arch T. Caldwell Cooperative Engineering Award, ASTM Award of Excellence D02.J, and IASH Lifetime Achievement Award. Mr. Bessee is the author of numerous papers, technical reports and chapters in filtration books. He has a B.S. in  Engineering Technology from St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, TX. He remains active in several technical societies such as the of Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), ASTM International, ISO/TC22//SC34 and ISO TC70/SC7 International Filtration Committees, and Aviation Fuel Filtration Committee (AFFC).

Bhat, Gajanan S. (USA)

Dr. Bhat is a professor and the Department Head of Textiles, Merchandising & Interiors at the University of Georgia. In August 1990, after earning his Ph.D. from Georgia Tech in textile and polymer engineering, he joined the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) where his research covered nonwovens - melt blown, spunbonded and biodegradable, plastics recycling, nanotechnology, sustainable materials, and high-performance fibers. As the director of UT Nonwovens Research Laboratory, he focused on production of nanofibers from thermoplastic polymers by meltblowing. In July 2016, he joined the University of Georgia as the Head of the TMI department. Dr. Bhat has published more than 200 research papers and has three US Patents. He has served as the president of the Fiber Society and is an active member of the International Nonwovens and Disposables Association (INDA), American Paper & Pulp Association (TAPPI) and the Textile Institute. He received the Outstanding Young Engineering Alumni Award from Georgia Tech (1996), Distinguished Achievement Award from the Fiber Society (1999), Fellow of the Textile Institute (2005), TechniTex India Research Achievement Award (2008) and TAPPI NET division Technical Achievement Award (2014).

Chase, George (USA)

Dr. George Chase teaches Chemical Engineering at The University of Akron since 1989.  He earned his Ph.D. in 1989 at Akron under the direction of Professor Max Willis.  His researches fluid-particle separations with application of multiphase transport theory.  He has studied a number of research topics in this area, a few of which include electrospinning to produce submicron fibers for filter media and coalescence of liquid droplets in filter media. He had a number of experiences during his professional career including service in the American Filtration and Separations Society and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.  He has been a member of AFS since 1990, has served on the AFS Board of Directors (three times) and was Chair of AFS (1995 and 2002).  He earned several awards from AFS including Senior Scientist, Frank Tiller, Fellow, and Lifetime Achievement awards.

Edery ,Vincent (France)

Mr. Edery is the General Manager of French Institute of Filtration and Separative Technics (IFTS), a Research Center and Testing Center leading the Filtration standardization by bringing pre-normative work in over 15 working groups of various Technical Committees at both ISO and CEN level. IFTS is promoting educational programs and scientific researches in filtration and technic of separation for almost 40 years.

Vincent has over 30 years of experience in aviation, space and filtration industry, from design office engineer until company executive management. He acts as chairman of the CEN TC436 which develops the first international standard in cabin Air Quality for commercial Aircraft. He convenes the WG8 of the ISO TC20/SC10 in aircraft hydraulic fluid contamination control. He is a graduate from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Métiers and Ecole Supérieure des Techniques Aérospatiale. He serves on the American Filtration Society (AFS) Board of Directors.

Forcucci, Jay (USA)

Mr. Forcucci is currently Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Cerex Advanced Fabrics since 2016.  He has over 35 years of business experience with multiple filtration media and filter manufacturing companies in various management and executive roles with Commercial, Operations and R&D responsibilities.  Jay received his BS in Chemical Engineering and MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1980 and 1983 respectively.  He started his filtration career with Pall Corp marketing disposable process filters and Metal Backwash filter systems. He was Product and Market Manager at Lydall for air and liquid filtration glass media.  He was an executive manager for AQF Technologies (molecular contamination media), Filtration Group ( high loft PET/meltblown media as well as bio safety cabinet filters), Nanostatics (nanofiber media technology) and PGI (now Berry Global).  He has presented numerous papers at Clean Rooms Conferences, DOE Nuclear Conferences,  INDA Filtration Exhibitions and AFS Conferences.  Jay was co-chair of the INDA Filtration Committee from 2009-2012, Co-chair of the 2015 Fall AFS Conference and is currently co-chair for the media track for WFC 13.  Jay was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award by INDA in 2010.

Fu, Eric (Australia)

Mr. Eric Fu is an entrepreneur and one of the pioneers of making traditional powered respirator smaller and more user friendly. In 2009, he cofounded PAFec Australia and invented CleanSpace respirators, a unique series of low-profile powered respirators that had since found widespread adoption in industrial personal respiratory protection across Australia, Europe and now in the USA. In 2017, he founded Aimwell Australia, continuing his passion in respiratory technology and products in a boarder application fields, including in healthcare, sports and general health and wellbeing.


Graduated from Tsinghua University - Beijing with a master of engineering degree, Eric has over 30 years industrial experience, including 10 years at medical device company ResMed as a senior design engineer, involved in the design of ResMed multi-generation world-class breathing apparatus for sleep disordered breathing.

Hu, Vincent (Taiwan)

Dr. Hu is the head of the Advanced Filtration Center (AFC), an accredited filter test lab with comprehensive testing capacities at the Taiwan Textile Research Institute (TTRI) located in in Taipei, Taiwan. He has been leading the filtration testing team for more than 15 years and is experienced in testing various filters from face masks and respirators for personal protection, to HVAC, cleanroom, transportation and industrial applications to fuel/oil/luge filters, etc. He is also experienced in building quality control capabilities to monitor filter production processes.

Dr. Hu serves as the Executive Director of the Taiwan Filtration and Separation Society (TFS). He has made significant contributions advancing the local filtration industry to reach out to the global community.

Jameson, Kevin (USA)

Mr. Jameson is currently President of PureAir Filtration- a company that specializes in gas phase filtration. He has over 20 years of experience in the gas phase air purification market, 15 of those years being with PureAir Filtration. He holds four patents in the gas phase filtration industry.


Mr. Jameson started his career with Torrington bearings, later moved into the automotive industry with Siemens, spent five years with Purafil as Vice President of Operations, and then founded PureAir Filtration in 2004. Kevin is an active member of the WEF Odor and Air Pollutants committee, a committee member of the International Society for Automation committee on protecting electronics from pollution, and an ASHRAE member. He earned his Bachelor’s and Master's degrees in Engineering from Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA, USA.

Levasseur, Paula J (USA)

Ms. Levasseur has over 30 years’ experience in the field of molecular filtration.  Having worked for both Purafil and Cameron Great Lakes, she has experience in numerous technologies and in system design.  She has helped specify filtration systems for both industrial and commercial applications, including semiconductor facilities, paint spray booths, hospital and many more.  She also has experience in the impregnation processes of both impregnated activated carbon and potassium permanganate impregnated media.

Ms. Levasseur is currently the owner of LMF Services providing consulting services from a 3rd party perspective ensuring that clients receive the best possible solution to their problems.  These services include system design, isotherm calculations, media specifications and life testing.

Ms. Levasseur is a member and former President of the National Air Filtration Association, from which she received the Distinguished Service Award.  She is also a member of ASHRAE, having served as Chair of TC 2.3 (Gaseous Air Contaminants and Gas Contaminant Removal Equipment) from 2017-2019.  She is a Graduate of Salem State University with BS in Biology and Minor in Chemistry.

Nicholas, Stephen (USA)

Mr. Nicholas has over 35 years of field experience with four years in building operations, including plant/facility maintenance/engineering and manufacturing. He is a certified Testing, Adjusting and Balancing Technician/Commercial Building HVAC Systems and Air Filter Specialist and Filter Technician. He received professional training at the Harvard School of Public Health for Certifying HEPA Filters In-Place and for nuclear/non-nuclear applications. He is a member in good standing of Aftermarket Filtration Experts (AFE) and National Air Filtration Association (NAFA) and is a Lifetime Member of ASHRAE.

Mr. Nicholas is Past President of NAFA and Past President of the Boston ASHRAE Chapter. He is the Vice President of AFE Region-8 and President of Chapter-74. Mr. Nicholas has served on several ASHRAE Standard, Guideline, and Technical Committees. He has been recognized by ASHRAE and NAFA with Distinguished Service Awards. Mr. Nicholas is an official AFE Professional Development Instructor for Live Review Classes and a NAFA Certified Filter Technician Instructor.

Owen, Kathleen (USA)

Ms. Owen, ASHRAE Fellow, is an expert in air filter/cleaner filtration efficiency and test method development. She is currently the principle investigator (PI) on the ASHRAE projects conducting Interlaboratory Studies (aka Round Robins) on the ASHRAE 52.2 and 145.2 methods for testing particle and gas-phase air cleaner efficiencies.  Previously, she worked on the ASHRAE and US EPA projects that developed ASHRAE air cleaner efficiency test methods 52.2 (for particles), 145.2 (gases), and 185.1 (UV-bioaerosol). She also developed chamber test methods for gases and bioaerosols based, in large part, on the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) CADR test method.  She was the first chair of ASHRAE committee SSPC 145 and is the current chair of ASHRAE 52.2.  She is also the research subcommittee chair for TC2.3 Gaseous Contaminants and is a member of SSPC 185, TC2.4, TC2.9, and TC2.3, and of the US TAG to ISO 142. During her 33 years  at RTI International, she ran ASHRAE 1360-RP and worked on many ASHRAE and EPA projects on air cleaning and air quality including the recent EPA EIP on air cleanup in VI situations.  She ran the RTI commercial air cleaner test lab for 20 years. Her BS in chemical engineering is from North Carolina State University, and her MS in Air Pollution Control Engineering is from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Peters, Thomas (Germany)

Dr.-Ing. Thomas Peters is an internationally renowned independent consultant for membrane technology and environmental engineering. He has over 40 years of experience in the field of pressure driven membrane processes for the treatment of water, process fluids and wastewater. Related pioneering work was focused between other on the use of reverse osmosis for desalination of sea water, for the purification of landfill leachate and for water reuse in different areas.


He studied chemical engineering (Dipl.-Ing.) at the Technical University Clausthal in Germany and earned his Ph.D. in 1980 at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg on the subject „Production of drinking water from seawater with reverse osmosis“. After leading management functions in in a middle sized and a multinational company he is high level independent technology consultant since 1986, authored more than 100 publications, co-authored different books, contributed to different membrane technology related guidelines published by professional associations in Germany and is co-editor of a landfill compendium. He has been awarded with the Stanley Gray Award - Marine Technology 2000/2001 of the IMarEST, London, and the ATCP Award 2007, Concepción, Chile.

Rocklitz, Gary (USA)

Mr. Rocklitz is a leading expert in filtration and computational modeling and he is the founder of Sage Decision Systems LLC. He is an expert in providing sustainable systematic filtration solutions. He had over 38 years professional experience with Donaldson Company prior to founding SDS, working directly on advanced liquid and air filtration technology and products. He was Director of Global Computational Systems, modeling complex filtration systems from fiber to paper to configured filtration system including inertial separators at Donaldson from 2007 to 2012 and Director of Applied Technology at Donaldson from 1995 to 2005 managing CAD and CAE analysis. Prior to that, he worked as a researcher into filtration mechanisms and designed products.  His designs and execution have resulted in many successful individual products and product lines including G2 Powercore fluted air filter product line, AFSI oil filter product line, Free Vortex inertial separators, and many others. He has 18 US Patents, numerous foreign patents and many additional patents pending. Mr. Rocklitz received his Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering, Fluid Mechanics & Aeronautics and Master of Science in Non-Linear Mechanics & Fluid Dynamics in 1974 from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. 

Tan, Zhong Chao, PhD. P.Eng. (Canada)

Dr. Tan is an engineering professor at the University of Waterloo, Canada. He is the Director, Green Energy & Pollution Control Lab at the University of Waterloo.  Dr. Tan's research is focused on clean energy and air emission controls including air cleaning, air monitoring technology, filtration and separation, greenhouse gas emission control, and renewable energy resources. He single-authored the book titled Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gases, released by Springer Verlag in November 2014 that ranks in the top 25% of its category (as of 2019). Dr. Tan serves on the Board of Directors of the American Filtration and Separations Society (AFS) (2018-2021) and was the Co-Chair of AFS 2017 Fall Conference. He is also a Canadian member on the ISO TC 142 and task groups and the Associate Editor of two international journals in his fields of research.

Vijayakumar, R. (USA)

Dr. Vijayakumar is a globally recognized expert and mentor in contamination control and filtration. He is the founder and head of AERFIL, a consulting company devoted to providing technical and business solutions and services for the filtration and contamination control industry around the world.  In addition to being a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Chinese Academy of Building Research, he has been on the faculty of the short course on air and gas filtration at the University of Minnesota since its inception and one of the founding faculty for ASHRAE’s Cleanroom Certification Program. He is a Fellow and was a Distinguished Lecturer of ASHRAE. He has taught courses in cleanroom design for ASHRAE, and has lectured around the world for them on various aspects of filtration, aerosol mechanics and cleanroom designs. He has recently published an iBook on Aerosol Mechanics for the general user and is also a coauthor for the ASHRAE Cleanroom Design Guide. He is a Fellow and past President of the IEST, the premiere contamination control organization in the US. Currently, he chairs standards development committees at the ISO and in the US writing standards for high efficiency filtration and filter media used in cleanrooms, hospitals, and indoor environments.

Zarour, Jack (USA)

Mr. Zarour has over 40 years of experience in design and construction management of pharmaceutical and industrial high-tech projects. As Engineering/Project Manager for CRB’s Western Region operations, Jack works with CRB project teams and other senior CRB executives on key projects including, regulatory compliance implementation, providing comprehensive end-user perspective and extensive knowledge of energy efficiencies and emerging environmentally friendly Refrigeration technologies. He is a lecturer in the field of HVAC at San Jose State University. He received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA, a Construction Management Certification from San Jose State University and an Associated Arts Degree in Mechanical Technology from San Francisco City College.

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