Dr. Ni-Bin Chang is a Professor of Sustainable System Engineering having held this post in the US since 2002. He is a Professional Engineer in the United States with almost 30 years’ experience in research, teaching, and outreach/community services. Chang’s research lies at the intersection of sustainability science and sustainable engineering with a highly interdisciplinary nature. He has been seeking interdisciplinary sustainability solutions for three decades to discover synergistic knowledge with the aid of convergence science. These findings are deeply rooted among intertwined issues in system engineering, industrial ecology, ecological engineering, material engineering, environmental engineering, earth science, hydrological science, machine learning, remote sensing, and spatial informatics. He strived to tackle interdisciplinary sustainability solutions in cross-linked facets of water availability and quality, air quality, waste flows, urban growth, and urban food-energy-water nexus at varying scales leading to explore urban metabolisms, urban ecology, and earth system processes in the coupled natural system and the built environment. His inventions with different green sorption media for removal of nutrients, heavy metals, E. Coli, algal toxins, and fluorinated surfactants from stormwater runoff, agricultural discharge, and wastewater effluent have led to 13 patented technologies in the food-energy-water-environment nexus and his patents of green sorption media have been licensed to industry after acquiring $20 million industrial investment affecting sustainable engineering design and public policies. He conducted both fundamental and applied research, combining theory and experimentation to work on these next-generation challenges aiming to minimize operational disruption of infrastructure due to human activities and natural disasters, develop green and sustainable materials, explore remote sensing of environment, and implement ecological engineering principles. It led to provide risk-informed, forward-looking, cost-effective, and environmental benign solutions for sustainable development at varying scales. Chang has been invited for presentations worldwide, published over 280 peered review journal articles and 8 books, and provided journal leaderships as Editor-in-Chief, Associate Editors, and Board Members for over 20 journals relevant to sustainable development. He served as program director in the Hydrologic Sciences Program and the Cyber-Innovation Sustainability Science and Engineering Program at the National Science Foundation from Aug. 2012 to Aug. 2014. All of these activities have a significant influence on the direction of a broad spectrum of sustainability science and engineering. He has received 40 honor/awards since 1987, including the Outstanding Achievement Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers in 2010, the Bridging the Gaps Award from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council in the United Kingdom in 2012, the Distinguished Visiting Fellowship from the Royal Academy of Engineering in the United Kingdom in 2014, the Blaise Pascal Medal (Field Medal) from the European Academy of Sciences in 2016, and Fulbright Canada Research Chair Award in 2020. Up to now, he has involved in $18.66 million of research projects. According to Google Scholar, as of Nov. 30, 2020, his research publications have been cited up to 13,000 times in which his h-index is 59 and his i10-index is 228. At UCF, he has been directing the Stormwater Management Academy (http://stormwater.ucf.edu/) since Oct. 2011. He is Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (FNAI), the American Society of Civil Engineers(FASCE), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (FIEEE), the International Society of Optics and Photonics (FSPIE), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (FAAAS), the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC) in the United Kingdom, the International Association of Advanced Materials (FIAAM), and the European Academy of Sciences (FEurASc) in European Union.
- Chang, N. B., Xuan, Z., and Yang, J. (2013): Exploring spatiotemporal patterns of phosphorus concentrations in a coastal bay with MODIS images and machine learning models. Remote Sensing of Environment, 134, 100-110.
- Xuan, Z. and Chang, N. B. (2014): Modeling the climate-induced changes of lake ecosystem structure under the cascade impacts of hurricanes and droughts. Ecological Modelling, 288, 79-93.
- Bai, K., Chang, N. B., and Chen, C. F. (2015): Spectral information adaptation and synthesis scheme for merging cross-mission consistent ocean color reflectance observations from MODIS and VIIRS. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 54(1), 311-329.
- Crawford, A. J. and Chang, N. B. (2015): Developing the Groundwater Variability Probes (GVP) and wireless sensor networks for characterizing the subsurface low flow field. IEEE Sensors Journal, 99, 1-10.
- Bai, K., Chang, N. B., Yu, H., and Gao, W. (2016): Statistical bias corrections for creating coherent total ozone records with OMI and OMPS observations. Remote Sensing of Environment, 182, 150–168.
- Joyce, J., Chang, N. B., Harji, R., Ruppert, T., and Singhofen, P. (2017): Cascade impact of hurricane movement, storm tidal surge, sea level rise, and precipitation variability on flood assessment in a coastal watershed. Climate Dynamics, 51(1), 383-409.
- Joyce, J., Chang, N. B., Harji, R., and Ruppert, T. (2018): Coupling infrastructure resilience and flood risk assessment via copulas analyses for a coastal green-grey-blue drainage system under extreme weather events. Environmental Modelling and Software, 100, 82-103.
- Chang, N. B., Wen, D., McKenna,, and Wanielista, M. (2018): The impact of carbon source as electron donor on composition and concentration of dissolved organic nitrogen in biosorption-activated media for stormwater and groundwater co-treatment. Environmental Science and Technology, 52(16), 9380–9390.
- Chang, N. B. Wei, X., Mostafiz, C., Yang, J., Weiss, J., and Belavel, M. (2019): Reconstruction of sea-land interactions between terrestrial vegetation cover and water quality constituents during a hurricane landfall, International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 83, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jag.2019.101929.
- Chang, N. B., Wen, D., Colona, B., and Wanielista, M. P. (2019): Comparison of biological nutrient removal via two biosorption activated media between laboratory-scale and field-scale linear ditch for stormwater and groundwater co-treatment, Water, Air, and Soil Pollution, 230, 151. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11270-019-4193-y.
- Wen, D., Valencia, A., Ordonez, D., Chang, N. B., and Wanielista, W. P. (2020): Comparative nitrogen removal via microbial ecology between soil and green sorption media in a rapid infiltration basin for co-disposal of stormwater and wastewater, Environmental Research, 184, 109338 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envres.2020.109338
- Ordonez, D., Valencia, A., Chang, N. B., and Wanielista, M. P. (2020): Synergistic effects of aluminum/iron oxides and clay minerals on nutrient removal and recovery in water filtration media, Journal of Cleaner Production, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2020.122728.
- Valencia, A., Ordonez, D., Wen, D., McKenna, A., Chang, N. B., and Wanielista, M. P (2020): The interaction of dissolved organic nitrogen removal and microbial abundance in iron-filings based green environmental media for stormwater treatment. Environmental Research, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envres.2020.109815.
- Chang, N. B., Hossain, M. U., Valencia, A., Qiu, J., Zheng, Q., Gu, L., Chen, M., Lu, J. W., Pires, A., Kaandorp, C., Abraham, E., ten Veldhuis, M. C., van de Giesen, N., Molle, B., Tomas, S., Mouheb, N. A., Dotta, D., Declercq, R., Perrin, M., Conradi, L., and Molle, G. (2020). Integrative technology hubs for urban food-energy-water nexuses and cost-benefit-risk trade-offs (I): Global trend and technology metrics. Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology, DOI: 10.1080/10643389.2020.1759328.
- Chang, N. B., Hossain, M. U., Valencia, A., Qiu, J., Zheng, Q., Gu, L., Chen, M., Lu, J. W., Pires, A., Kaandorp, C., Abraham, E., ten Veldhuis, M. C., van de Giesen, N., Molle, B., Tomas, S., Mouheb, N. A., Dotta, D., Declercq, R., Perrin, M., Conradi, L., and Molle, G. (2020). Integrative technology hubs for urban food-energy-water nexuses and cost-benefit-risk trade-offs (II): Design strategies for urban sustainability. Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology, DOI: 10.1080/10643389.2020.1761088.
- Zhang, W., Valencia, A., Gu, L., Zheng, Q., and Chang, N. B. (2020): Integrating emerging and existing renewable energy technologies for a community-scale microgrid in an energy-water nexus for resilience improvement. Applied Energy, 279, 115716.
- Wen, D., Valencia, A., Lustosa, E., Ordonez, D., Rice, N., Shokri, M., Gao, Y., Kibler, K., Chang, N. B., and Wanielista, M. P. (2020): Evaluation of green sorption media blanket filters for nitrogen removal in a stormwater retention basin at varying groundwater conditions in a karst environment. Science of the Total Environment, 719(1), 134826. 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.134826.
- Gao, Y., Libera, D., Wang, D., Kibler, K., and Chang, N. B. (2020). Evaluating the performance of BAM-based blanket filter on nitrate reduction in a karst spring. Journal of Hydrology, 591, 12459. IF=4.242.
- Ordonez, D., Valencia, A., Elhakiem, H., Chang, N. B., and Wanielista, M. P. (2020): Adsorption thermodynamics and kinetics of Advanced Green Environmental Media (AGEM) for nutrient removal and recovery in agricultural discharge and stormwater runoff, Environmental Pollution, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2020.115172.
- Valencia, A., Zhang, W., and Chang, N. B. (2021): Integration of machine learning classifiers and higher-order tensors for screening the optimal recipe of filter media in stormwater treatment. Science of the Total Environment, doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.145423
Understanding the nitrogen cycle in the natural system and the built environment for environmental restoration and ecosystem integrity has been selected as one of the fourteen grand challenges by the National Academy of Engineering. Such environmental restoration requires multidisciplinary knowledge and interdisciplinary sustainability solutions across material science and engineering, waste management, environmental engineering, ecological engineering, water resources engineering, earth system science, and chemical science and engineering. With a suite of laboratory tests and field campaigns, Dr. Chang and his team members reviewed a broader range of field conditions and invented a series of green sorption media, including the Biosorption Activated Media (BAM), the Iron-filings-based Green Environmental Media (IFGEM), and Aluminum-based Green Environmental Media (AGEM) for stormwater, groundwater, surface water, and wastewater treatment. These green sorption media utilize recycled materials mixed with natural materials to achieve compelling removal efficiencies via absorption/adsorption, ion exchange, precipitation, chelation, and redox reactions to promote urban sustainability in a circular economy. Different optimal recipes led to removing nutrients, heavy metals, color (humid acids), algal toxins (such as microcystin), per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), and pathogens by a cost-effective, sustainable, and green approach. Practical implementations were assessed by nearly 300 sites (see the list at https://stormwater.ucf.edu/research-patents/), including a plant having a capacity of 2 MGD for stormwater treatment located at Sarasota, Florida, and a plant having a capacity of 3 MGD for river water treatment located at Stuart, Florida. Such filtration unit with his green sorption media can be part of a treatment train in concert with constructed wetlands, chemical treatment (coagulation/flocculation) processes, and photocatalytic processes that have been considered in several real-world engineering projects.
- Passive Nutrient Removal Material Mixes. US Patent 7824551, issued on Nov. 2, 2010, Martin P. Wanielista, Ni-Bin Chang.
- Passive Nutrient Removal Material Mixes (DIV). US Patent 8002985, issued on August 23, 2011, Martin P. Wanielista, Ni-Bin Chang.
- Retention/Detention Pond Stormwater Treatment System. US Patent 8153005, issued on April 10, 2012, Martin P. Wanielista, Ni-Bin Chang.
- Retention/Detention Pond and Green Roof Passive Nutrient Removal Material Mixes.US Patent 7897047, issued on March 1, 2011, Martin P. Wanielista, Ni-Bin Chang.
- Passive Underground Drainfield for Septic Tank Nutrient Removal Using Special Functionalized Green Filtration Media. US Patent 7927484, issued on April 19, 2011, Martin P. Wanielista, Ni-Bin Chang, Ammarin Makkeasorn.
- Functionalized Green Filtration for Passive Underground Drainfield for Septic Tank Nutrient Removal. US Patent 7955507 issued on June 7, 2011, Martin P. Wanielista, Ni-Bin Chang, Ammarin Makkeasorn.
- On-Site Wastewater Treatment Using a Functionalized Green Filtration Media Sorption Field. US Patent 8101079, issued on Jan. 24, 2012, Martin P. Wanielista, Ni-Bin Chang, Ammarin Makkeasorn.
- Green Sorption Media for Water Treatment. US Patent 8002984, issued on August 23, 2011, Martin P. Wanielista, Ni-Bin Chang.
- Subsurface Upflow Wetland System for Nutrient and Pathogen Removal in Wastewater Treatment Systems. US Patent 8252182, issued on August 28, 2012, Ni-Bin Chang, Martin P. Wanielista.
- Automatic Pulse Tracer Velocimeter (APTV), US Patent 10612952, issued on April 7, 2020, A. James Crawford, Ni-Bin Chang.
- Water Treatment Using an Iron and Clay-Based Sorption Media, US Patent 10,696,567, issued on July 31, 2020, Ni-Bin Chang, Martin P. Wanielista
- The Iron Filings-Based Green Environmental Media for Nutrient Removal and Methods of Use, US Patent 10,787,373, issued on Sept. 29, 2020, Inventors: Ni-Bin Chang, Martin P. Wanielista.
- Synergistic Iron and Clay-Based Green Environmental Media for Nutrient Removal, US Patent 10,947,131 B2, issued on March 16, 2021, Inventors: Ni-Bin Chang, Martin P. Wanielista.
- Synergistic Aluminum-based Green Sorption Media for Nutrient Removal and Recovery, UCF-34382, filed on May 18, 2020, pending approval, Inventors: Ni-Bin Chang, Martin P. Wanielista.
Major Honor/Awards with Citations
- Fellow, European Academy of Sciences (http://www.eurasc.org), European Union, Oct. 2008.
- Fellow, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), USA, Feb. 2009.
- Outstanding Achievement Award, Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI), ASCE, USA, May 2010.
- Bridging the Gaps Award, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the United Kingdom, May 2012.
- Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), USA, Feb. 2012. (Citation: for contributions to the Integrated Sensing, Monitoring and Modeling for Decision Making”.)
- Distinguished Visiting Fellowship, Royal Academy of Engineering (RAE), the United Kingdom, Feb. 2014.
- Fellow, the International Society of Optics and Photonics (SPIE), Dec. 2014. (Citation: “for contributions to remote sensing and modeling for earth observations”)
- Fellow, the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), the United Kingdom, June 2015.
- The Blaise Pascal Medal (the Fields Medal in Earth and Environmental Sciences), the European Academy of Sciences, Nov. 2016. (Citation: “for his contributions to the environmental sustainability, green engineering, and systems analysis”)
- Fellow, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Nov. 2017. (Citation: for contributions to computational techniques for the analysis of environmental sustainability”.)
- IEEE Distinguished Lecturer, the IEEE Systems Council, May 2018.
- Fellow, the National Academy of Inventors (NAI), Dec. 2018 (Citation: for his contributions to the field of nutrient monitoring, removal, and possible recovery in the aquatic environment.)
- University Excellence in Research & Teaching Award, UCF, Feb. 2019. (Citation: in recognition of his outstanding contributions in research and commitment to excellence in scholarly and creative activities)
- Fellow, the International Association of Advanced Materials (IAAM) (Citation: “in recognition of his contribution to the advancement of materials to global excellence”), Sept. 2020.
- Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Interdisciplinary Sustainability Solutions, the Department of State in the US and the Fulbright Canada, May 2020.
Dr. Ni-Bin Chang Textbooks/Reference books
1. Multisensor Data Fusion and Machine Learning for Environmental Remote Sensing
by Ni-Bin Chang and Kaixu Bai
Publication date: March 2018
Publisher: CRC Press
2. Proceedings of SPIE Remote Sensing and Modeling for Ecosystem of Sustainability
by Wei Gao (Editor)
Ni-Bin Chang (Editor)
Publication date: Dec., 2015
3. Sustainable Solid Waste Management: A Systems Engineering Approach.
by Ni-Bin Chang and Ana Pires
Publication Date: Feb., 2015
Publisher: John Wiley/IEEE (IEEE Book Series on Systems Science and Engineering), New York,
4. Proceedings of SPIE Remote Sensing and Modeling for Ecosystem of Sustainability
by Wei Gao (Editor)
Ni-Bin Chang (Editor)
Jinnian Wang (Editor)
Publication date: Nov. 1, 2014
5. Ecological Modelling and Engineering of Lakes and Wetlands, Volume 26 (Developments in Environmental Modelling)
by Sven Erik Jørgensen (Editor)
Ni-Bin Chang (Editor)
Fu-Liu Xu (Editor)
Publication date: May 1 2014
6. Multiscale Hydrologic Remote Sensing: Perspectives and Applications
by Ni-Bin Chang (Editor)
Yang Hong (Editor)
Publication date: March 2012
Publisher: CRC Press
7. Environmental Remote Sensing and Systems Analysis
by Ni-Bin Chang (Editor)
Publication date: March 2012
Publisher: CRC Press
8. Systems Analysis for Sustainable Engineering
by Ni-Bin Chang (Author)
Publication date: Jan. 2011
Publisher: McGraw Hill
9. Effects of Urbanization on Groundwater: An Engineering Case-Based Approach for Sustainable Development
by Ni-Bin Chang (Editor)
Publication date: Jan. 2010
Publisher: American Society of Civil Engineers