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Shirley and Ting-Wei Tang Endowment Lecture Series

2019 Shirley and Ting-Wei Tang Lecture 


Twentieth lecture of the Shirley & Ting-Wei Tang Endowment Lecture Series



This talk will present the trend of an increasing gap between the need for water by society for agricultural, municipal, and industrial uses and the locally available sources of water of suitable quality for those applications. There are many approaches to address this gap, including a range of activities and changes to our behaviors to consume less water. Also, processes can be redesigned to use less important example and the focus of this talk is the treatment of wastewater for recycle and reuse, which can be a very cost-effective means to reduce net water consumption. Because water plays an important and increasing role in the production of oil and gas, and this topic has been much in the news in recent years, a brief summary of treatment options for ‘produced’ water will also be included.

Speaker Bio

Dr. Tom Stanley has had a 32 year career serving in a number of engineering and technology positions for GE and now Suez for the last year. He currently leads the Global Technology organization for the Industrial Water Treatment division of Suez and partners with the Commercial, Product Management and Supply Chain organizations to maximize growth through new products and technology initiatives. Dr. Stanley holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. He holds eight patents.


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The Shirley and Ting-Wei Tang Endowment Lecture Series, founded in 1999, brings leaders of both engineering education and engineering-based companies to campus to present a major talk to the University. Lectures cover subjects such as engineering education, entrepreneurship, global engineering issues, and engineering and business leadership.

Lecturers are invited to interact with students and faculty before and after the lecture. “This is a chance for students to develop a relationship on a human level with an accomplished business leader or educator,” said Joseph I. Goldstein, dean of engineering in 1999. “I see the field of business having more to say to engineering, and our students need to be aware of what’s going on beyond their field. Many of our students will eventually be leaders in these technology-based businesses.”

Shirley Tang was an academic adviser for the United Asia Learning Resource Center before retiring from UMass Amherst in 1998.  Ting-wei Tang taught in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering for more than 30 years and is a professor emeritus. “We decided to establish an endowment in the College of Engineering because we want to make UMass better,” the Tangs said.