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Filtration Technologies in Sustainable Transport

July 16, 2024, Tuesday

8:00am-10:00am, ET Canada & US

$USD 350

$USD 175 (Member Only)

Filtration Technologies in Sustainable Transport

Course Objective

This course will highlight the importance of filtration technologies in sustainable transport and protecting public health and well-being. Filtration plays a critical role in this context, as it helps to capture harmful pollutants in various modes of transport, including road, rail, aviation, and maritime. The course focuses on the critical areas of filtration technology, its application sensitivity in different transport modes, and how air quality can be governed to protect the health and well-being of passengers. Furthermore, the course will address the influential role of renewables and electrification of transport in reducing strain on filtration technologies performance by contributing to the reduction of ambient emissions sources.

The course explores basic filtration principles, including the mechanisms through which filters remove contaminants and the types of filters used to achieve the required performance in different settings. It covers the parameters impacting filter performance in terms of design and media consideration, providing criteria for selecting appropriate filtration solutions for various transport applications. The course will also focus on rail transport, addressing air quality concerns in trains and the filtration technologies used to lower exposure levels. Additionally, the course will touch on the various means of renewables & electrification in supporting sustainable transport networks while addressing their role in reducing strain on transport filtration technologies.

Attendees will explore the impact of better air quality in passenger cabins and the role of filtration innovations in Aviation, trains, and buses for their protection and advancing sustainability in transport. The course examines future trends in transport filtration, rendering sustainable transport healthy and suitable for use. The instructors will conclude by highlighting predictive filter replacement and maintenance and the increasing demand for healthier and sustainable services while utilizing sustainable transport infrastructures.

Course Outline

  • Definition, principles, and benefits of sustainable transport

  • Role of filtration in sustainable transport

  • Filtration in various modes of transport (road, rail, air, and sea)

  • Consideration of application sensitivity in filtration technologies and selection

  • IAQ and filtration for sustainable transport

  • Impact of filtration on passenger health and well-being

  • Emerging filtration technologies in sustainable transport

  • Predictive filter maintenance and air quality monitoring in cabin air quality

  • Economic and environmental impact of filtration.

  • Operational challenges of filtration and solutions

  • Concise overview of the role of renewables and electrification in supporting sustainable transport networks.

  • The role of renewables and electrification of transport infrastructure in reducing strain on transport filtration technologies.

Instructor Biography

Filtration Technologies in Sustainable Transport

Dr. Iyad Al-Attar


Dr. Al-Attar is a mechanical engineer and an independent air filtration consultant. He is also a Visiting Academic Fellow in the School of Aerospace, Transport, and Manufacturing at Cranfield University, consulting for air quality and filter performance relevant to land-based gas turbines. Dr. Al-Attar is the strategic director, instructor, and advisory board member of the Waterloo Filtration Institute. In 2020, EUROVENT Middle East appointed Dr. Al-Attar as the first associated consultant for air filtration affairs. Dr. Al-Attar received his engineering degrees (BSc, MSc, Ph.D.) from the University of Toronto (Canada), Kuwait University, and Loughborough University (UK), respectively.

Dr. Al-Attar’s area of expertise focuses on designing and performing high-efficiency filters for HVAC and land-based gas turbine applications, particularly on the chemical and physical characterization of airborne particles. Dr. Al-Attar is a columnist in the EUROVENT Middle East newsletter, Climate Control Middle East Magazine, ES Engineering, USA, and Caloryfrio Magazine, Spain. He has authored many articles on air quality, filter design, performance, particle characterization, and climate change, which were translated into Arabic and Spanish. Dr. Al-Attar is an editorial member/referee in the Filtration Society (UK) and the Journal of Cleaner Production.

Filtration Technologies in Sustainable Transport

Dr.-Ing. Thomas Peters


Dr.-Ing. Thomas Peters is an internationally renowned expert in 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 others on the use of reverse osmosis for desalination of seawater, for the purification of landfill leachate and water reuse in different areas. He 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 a middle-sized and multinational company, he has been a high-level independent technology consultant since 1986, authored more than 100 publications and more than 50 oral presentations. He is co-editor of a landfill compendium. He received the Stanley Gray Award - Marine Technology 2000/2001 of the IMarEST, London, and the ATCP Award 2007, Concepción, Chile.

Filtration Technologies in Sustainable Transport

Dr. Swarna Agarwal


Dr. Swarna Agarwal is Senior Material Scientist at PTI Technologies. At PTI she is responsible for all the liquid, air and fuel cell filter product development for aviation industry. Prior to this, she was Engineering Manager for filtration media R&D at Parker Hannifin, Engine and Mobile Original Equipment Division, USA. At Parker she was responsible for R&D for diesel fuel, hydraulic nand H2 fuel-cell filters. While working at Parker she has developed more than 50 new products and improved the R&D technology and capabilities to an advanced level.  Prior to Parker, she worked as a filtration scientist at UCLA, Water Planet Inc. Los Angeles and ITV Denkendorf Germany. She has over 18 years of academic and industrial experience in new product development for various filtration applications, nonwovens manufacturing, nanotechnology and surface functionalization. She is an expert for coalescence through porous media, emulsion formation, characterization and separation, interfacial and wetting science, bio-inspired textiles, medical textiles, and project management She received the AFS Senior Scientist Award in 2018, Parker Inventor appreciation Award 2021, WFI product of the Year Award 2021. She has over 30 publications, one book and 3 patents. Dr. Agarwal received her PhD from University of Stuttgart, Germany.


Mr. Mohamed Abdelwarith Said, MSc, LEED AP, EDGE Expert, is the Technical Director of Clenergy MENA in Kuwait. For more than 26 years, Mr. Said has established himself as a prominent engineering consultant specializing in MEP buildings and infrastructure, sustainable developments, solar photovoltaic, and project management. Since 2013, he has held the position of Technical Director at Clenergy MENA, a well-known clean energy solutions firm in the MENA region and a member of WFI Corporate. Mr. Said graduated with distinction from Kuwait University, earning both his Mechanical Engineering BSc and MSc degrees. He holds several accreditations, including LEED AP, Value Methodology Associate (VMA), and EDGE Expert, Trainer, and RESET Air AP. Throughout his career, Mr. Said has actively participated in a wide range of construction and consultancy projects worth billions of dollars across the MENA region. He has collaborated with renowned global and regional expert houses and firms. Since 2009, Mr. Said has been deeply involved in the field of sustainable development as an expert. Mr. Said is an active member of ASHRAE, the Egyptian Syndicate of Engineers, and the Kuwait Society of Engineers.

Mr. Nick Agopian is President of Reviveaire, USA. With 30+ years of Filtration, HVAC & energy-recovery experience, Nick focuses on Indoor Air Quality and improving the human condition indoors. Nick’s has held executive positions of VP for various businesses like Circul-Aire, Dectron Internationale, President and General Manager at SEMCO, a Fläkt Woods company, and Vice President at RenewAire. Nick is highly involved with ASHRAE,where he sits on numerous technical committees, such as ASHRAE 62.1 & 62.2, ASHRAE Position Document - Human Health and Wellness in the Built Environment, TC 2.3, SPC 145P, TRG4.IAQP, TG 9, etc. He’s also served on a special board for filtration part of the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), Additionally, he served on the Board of Directors for the Missouri Innovation Center’s Life Sciences Business Incubator, Board of the local Chamber of Commerce, and Chairman of the Board for the Home Ventilating Institute.

A committed lifelong learner, Agopian’s undergrad was in Mechanical Systems Engineering from Vanier, Quebec, Canada, and an International M.B.A. from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

Suzana Vidaković is the Director of Global Marketing Cabin Air at Hollingsworth & Vose (H&V), a global leader in filtration and energy solutions committed to creating a cleaner, healthier, and more sustainable world. Since joining H&V, she has spearheaded Business Development and Strategic Marketing initiatives in the Indoor Air Quality and Cabin Air segments. Suzana's extensive experience in Strategic Marketing, Segment Management, and Product Management includes significant roles at the EATON Corporation and Apex Tool Group. She holds a University Graduate Degree in International Economy, a Master's Degree in Economy, and an Academic Degree in PR and Communications from universities in Belgrade (Serbia) and Krems (Austria). Her current work focuses on the critical importance of Clean Air in Vehicles, raising awareness about Vehicle Indoor Air Quality (VIAQ) topics, and developing solutions that support global efforts for healthier air in transportation.

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