The "Introduction to Drinking Water Treatment” MOOC deals with three axes. The first one is the urban water supply system. The second focuses on groundwater treatment as well as identifying the different types of ground water such as to know what do we mean by artesian wells and their chemical and biological characteristics. The last axis will be about surface water treatment and the relationship between groundwater and surface water. This course does not focus only on the theoretical part of the treatment processes, but also on how to design and treatment units in addition to the most necessary calculations in the design process.
Dr. Arwa Abdelhay is assistant professor of chemical engineering in the faculty of natural resources engineering and its management/ department of water and environmental engineering. She has a PhD in chemical process engineering from Grenoble University in France and a master degree in chemical engineering from JUST. Dr. Arwa research focuses on drinking and wastewater treatment methods and designing efficient treatment units by exploring economical methods that are directly related to renewable energy. She has a lot of published papers in the field of drinking and wastewater treatment.
Luuk Rietveld is professor of Urban Water Cycle Technology at Delft University of Technology. After finalizing his studies in Civil Engineering at Delft University of Technology in 1987, he worked, until 1991, as lecturer/researcher in Sanitary Engineering at the Eduardo Mondlane University, Maputo, Mozambique. Between 1991 and 1994, he was employed at the Management Centre for International Co-operation, and since 1994 he has had an appointment at the Department of Water Management of Delft University of Technology. In 2005, he defended his PhD thesis entitled "Improving Operation of Drinking Water Treatment through Modelling". Luuk Rietveld’s main research interests are modelling and optimisation of processes in the urban water cycle, and technological innovations in drinking water treatment and water reclamation for industrial purposes. In addition, he has extensive experience in education, in various cultural contexts, and is interested to explore the use of new ways of teaching through activated and blended learning and MOOCs.
Doris van Halem is a tenure track Assistant Professor within the Department of Water Management, section Sanitary Engineering of Delft University of Technology. She graduated from Delft University of Technology in Civil Engineering and Geosciences with a cum laude MSc degree (2007). During her studies she developed an interest in global drinking water challenges, illustrated by her internships in Sri Lanka and Benin, resulting in an MSc thesis “Ceramic silver impregnated pot filter for household drinking water treatment in developing countries”. In 2011 she completed her PhD research (with honours) on subsurface iron and arsenic removal for drinking water supply in Bangladesh under the guidance of prof. J.C. van Dijk (TU Delft) and prof. dr. G.L. Amy (Unesco-IHE). Currently she supervises BSc, MSc and PhD students, focusing on inorganic constituent behaviour and trace compound removal during soil passage and drinking water treatment - with a particular interest in smart, pro-poor drinking water solutions.
Anke Grefte is project manager of open, online and blended education for the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Delft University of Technology. She graduated from Delft University of Technology in Civil Engineering with a master’s thesis entitled "Behaviour of particles in a drinking water distribution network; test rig results". For this thesis Anke was awarded the Gijs Oskam award for best young researcher. In November 2013, she finished her Ph.D. research on the removal of Natural Organic Matter (NOM) fractions by ion exchange and the impact on drinking water treatment processes and biological stability.