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SusTech 2020 and COVID-19

Wednesday, March 11th, 2020


Dear SusTech 2020 Authors & Attendees:

These are uncertain times, especially with the COVID-19 virus.  The SusTech 2020 steering committee wants to share our plans for the conference on April 23-25, and our backup plans.  The goal of this note is to assure authors that their accepted papers will be entered into IEEE Xplore. We will post updates if there are any significant developments.

First make these considerations for your travel plans:
1) Book travel on an airline that will let you change for no fee.
2) And/or consider purchasing ticket/trip insurance
3) Don’t prepay the hotel (The conference hotel, the Doubletree, has a policy that cancellations before 48 hours do not have a charge)

The plan as of this date, is to hold the conference.  For a paper to go into IEEE Xplore, an author needs to pay full registration, and present the paper. Sometimes a colleague will need to present the paper for the author or authors.  We expect that there will be a few cases of travel restrictions and visa issues.  This has happened in the past.

If travel issues become much more pronounced, we will work with the authors on a case by case basis to present voice over power point presentations, or other ways to present the paper; so the paper would be submitted into IEEE Xplore.

If travel becomes highly restricted, the steering committee will request all authors to submit a voice over powerpoint presentations.  The steering committee will look into the best options to share the files.  Including potential virtual conference. And the papers will be entered into IEEE Xplore.

SusTech 2020


SusTech 2020 Committee


SusTech 2020 Technical Talk – Analysis and Synthesis of Sustainable Systems

Wednesday, January 15th, 2020


SusTech 2020 will host a technical talk on February 10, 2020, from 6 – 8 PM at the conference Hotel, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Santa Ana – Orange County Airport.

Dr. Vasilios I. Manousiouthakis of UCLA, will speak on “Analysis and Synthesis of Sustainable Systems

The field of sustainability has traditionally suffered from a lack of specificity, that leads to misinterpretations regarding a system’s sustainability status. The newly introduced concept of “Sustainability Over Set” (SOS) is presented. The SOS concept readily allows the incorporation of human input into system sustainability assessment, by requiring the sustainability practitioner to develop/employ a mathematical model of the studied system, such as for example a set of ordinary differential equations whose solution captures the system’s dynamic behavior.


Dr. Vasilios I. Manousiouthakis is a Distinguished Professor, UCLA Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department, and the Director, Hydrogen Engineering Research Consortium (HERC).

Dr. Manousiouthakis received his Diploma, M.S., and Ph.D. degrees all in Chemical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (1981) and the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1985, 1986) respectively. Dr. Manousiouthakis has over 100 refereed journal publications, 2 patents, numerous conference publications and presentations, and has supervised 16 PhD students, many of which are in academic positions. He has received the NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award (1988), the Northrop Outstanding Junior Faculty Research Award (1989) the AIChE Ted Petersen Best Student Paper Award (Co-author 1998, Co-author 2001), a UCLA/AIChE Student Chapter Award (2007), the AIChE Environmental Division Cecil Award (2010), the UCLA/AIChE Student Chapter Professor of the Year Award (2011), AIChE Fellow (2012), and the AIChE Sustainable Engineering Forum Research Excellence in Sustainable Engineering Award (2014).

He has been at UCLA since 1985, where he currently holds the rank of Professor. He has served as Department Vice-Chair and Chair, Chair of the UCLA Academic Senate Committee on Committees, Co-Chair of the UCLA Teaching Assessment Committee, Co-Director of the UCLA Process/Control Systems Engineering Consortium, and Director of the UCLA Hydrogen Engineering Research Consortium. He is considered the father of mass integration (mass exchange network synthesis) and of the globally optimal process network synthesis conceptual framework termed IDEAS. He is an expert on Green-Engineering/Sustainability, Systems Engineering, and the Hydrogen Economy.

For more information, and to register,


6:30 PM- Social hour

7:00 PM- Talk

8:00 PM- Meeting ends


SusTech 2018 Report

Wednesday, December 19th, 2018

Report on SusTech 2018

The 2018 6th IEEE Conference on Technologies for Sustainability (SusTech 2018) was held on November 11-13, 2018 in Long Beach, CA. See for details on the program.


The SusTech Conference is designed to explore the development and application of science, engineering and technology in achieving a sustainable lifestyle for humanity. It brings together scientists, engineers, technologists and scholars from multiple disciplines to hold a dialogue on environmental issues and collaborate on ideas to develop and utilize innovative tools and intelligent systems to address them. Attendees will learn about the tools, connections and proactive solutions to take their sustainability programs to the next level.

SusTech 2018 drew 100 attendees from 21 countries. The program featured a tour of the nearby Haynes Power Plant, workshops on IEEE Smart Grid standards and on IOT for sustainability, a student poster contest, five keynotes and a plenary session on water policy, and over 60 technical papers and invited presentations.


SusTech 2017 Announces Patrons and Special Events

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017


PHOENIX (Arizona) (2 November 2017; updated 9 November) – The 5th IEEE Conference on Technologies for Sustainability (SusTech 2017) has announced its final program and keynote speakers.

SusTech 2017 is pleased to announce its corporate Patrons.

  • Sphera Solutions and Renavitas Technologies, LLC are the Silver-level patrons.

Sphera is the largest global provider of Operational Excellence software and information services with a focus on Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S), Operational Risk and Product Stewardship. Sphera assists companies with their sustainability goals. See

Renavitas Technologies mission is to develop cost-effective and high performance sustainable energy technology solutions to help with positive transformation of the world. with an vision to transform the world through sustainable energy. See

  • Southern States LLC is the Bronze-level patron. Southern States is a world leader in the design and manufacture of high-voltage switching devices:  group operated switches; transmission switches, circuit switchers; load and line switchers; reactor & capacitor switchers; intelligent circuit sensor, high voltage mobile switching solutions. See

The SusTech 2017 program features workshops, keynotes and presentations of research papers and invited speakers on technologies, methodologies, tools and case studies. SusTech strives to provide attendees the tools, connections and proactive solutions to take their sustainability programs to the next level.


SusTech 2017 Student Poster Contest Deadline Extended

Friday, September 15th, 2017


SusTech 2017 invites undergraduate and graduate students to submit abstracts for the Student Poster Contest.

Students are invited to send in ideas or designs for developing projects/products supporting the sustainability topics areas of the Conference. The selected posters will be displayed during the SusTech 2017 Student Poster Session, on Sunday November 14, 2017, being held in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.

The deadline to submit poster abstracts has been extended to midnight US Mountain Time, September 29, 2017.

Notification of acceptance will be October 1st. Accepted posters must then register for Contest and pay the submission fee.

See the Student Poster Contest Announcement and the Student Poster Contest page for complete details and submission requirements.

Download the Poster Contest PDF Flyer here.


SusTech 2015 in the News

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

Articles mentioning SusTech in the Ogden (Utah) Standard Examiner, August 8th.

WSU engineers create solar generator, charging station

The solar power cost curve is about to get better

SusTech approved for PDH/CEU credits

Monday, July 7th, 2014


We are pleased to announce that IEEE will provide 1.2 CEUs (12 PDH) for those attending the entire SusTech Conference (one day registrations and workshops excepted).

Attendees will need to fill out an evaluation form to receive their certificate from IEEE.

More details will be provided at registration check-in.


Early Registration Extended to July 9

Sunday, June 29th, 2014


UPDATE: Hotel deadline extended to July 15, Early Registration extended to July 9

We have extended Early Registrations through July 9 to coincide with the hotel deadline.

We urge you to register NOW to ensure you can reserve accommodations.
Use the SusTech website:
Or the registration system direct URL

The program is posted on the web at

The program features workshops, keynotes and presentations of contributed papers and invited speakers on research, technologies, methodologies, tools and case studies.

Workshops have been scheduled on “Unintended Consequences of Renewable Energy” (life cycle analysis) and “Repairing The World (IEEE 1874)” (Open repair manuals).

Keynoters include Prof. Digby D. Macdonald of UC Berkeley “Nuclear Options for Our Energy Future”, Joseph Fjelstad of Verdant Electronics “Sustainability Writ Large – A Perspective on Sustainability, Its Impact and Implications”, and Prof. Jerry Engel of UConn on “Ethic Responsibility”. Read about them here.


NOTE: The hotel room block is sold out Wednesday July 23 but we have lots of rooms for July24-26. If you have to arrive July 23, we suggest staying near the airport and taking MAX to the hotel Thursday morning.

Hotel reservations can be made during registration (link) or by using the website:

Travel Info

Access to the hotel from the airport is easy. Just use the MAX light rail. See
See the website:


Before you book your tickets, check out what happening in Portland area.
The weekend of July 25-27 is the Oregon Brewers Festival on the waterfront.
There are also other things to do and see in Portland in this timeframe.

Check back here for updates.

We look forward to seeing you in Portland July 24.


SusTech 2013 Research Featured in The Institute

Monday, December 16th, 2013


Research presented at SusTech 2013 was featured in the December 10th issue of IEEE’s The Institute.

The lead article, “Purifying Water With Nanotech“discussed research being done at MIT presented in the paper”Novel nanomaterials for water desalination technology“, by David Cohen-Tanugi, Shreya Dave, Ronan McGovern, John H Lienhard, V and Jeffrey Grossman, all at MIT. Grossman, MIT associate professor of power engineering, and his graduate students David Cohen-Tanugi and Shreya Dave are developing a water filtration material made of a sheet of nanoporous graphene.