Riga Technical University (RTU) is one of the oldest institutions of higher technical education in Eastern Europe, founded in 1862.  At present RTU with about 16000 students serves the needs of rapidly growing industry of the Baltic region.  RTU positions itself as a cornerstone in the development of Latvia, which ensures education of specialists necessary for Latvian national economy and development of new products and services, serving as a basis for sustainable growth of Latvia.  In this project, RTU will be represented by Water Research Laboratory of Research Centre for Civil Engineering (WRL) which is research unit within the Faculty of Civil Engineering.  The project group leader (Prof. T. Juhna) is highly qualified and acknowledged both nationally and internationally through his delivered projects and his publications in peer reviewed journals.  All RTU institutional staff has both the project administration skills and research capacity in water engineering technologies, and in the fields of renewable energy sources, climate change and pollution prevention technologies, environmental and sustainability assessment of technologies and industrial processes.  In addition, RTU members have broad experience from the past projects in cooperation with industrial partners and end-user organisations required for successful completion of the activities foreseen in this project.

 

Details of persons involved in the project:

Dr. Talis Juhna

The project group leader Dr.  Talis Juhna has a joint appointment as Professor at the DWET, and Vice-Rector for Science at the RTU.  He holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering from Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden) and Ph.D.  (Doctor of Engineering Sciences) from Luleå University of Technology (Sweden) (2002).  From RTU He was in charge of FP5 project about surveillance and control of microbiological stability in drinking water distribution networks (SAFER), FP6 about technology enabled universal access to drinking water (TECHNEAU) and FP7 about technologies and methods form cleaning of drinking distribution network after deliberated pollution (SECUREAU).  He teaches undergraduates and graduate students in several courses about water treatment and provides expertise in construction or rehabilitations of water treatment plant.  In 2006 he was awarded title of the best young scientist at RTU and in 2014 he was awarded for outstanding achievements in science from Latvian Academy of Sciences and “Itera Latvia Ltd.” h-index = 8.

 

 

 

Dr. Linda Mezule

Dr.Sc.ing./M.Sc.biol. Linda Mežule is an associated professor in Riga Technical University, Division of Heat, Gas and Water, Department of Water Engineering and Technology and senior researcher at Water Research Laboratory of Faculty of Civil Engineering and Research Centre for Civil Engineering. Previous research was evaluation of the rapid molecular methods for detection of nonculturable microorganisms in drinking water treatment and distribution systems.

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Kristina Tihomirova

Dr.Sc.ing./M.Sc.chem. Kristina Tihomirova is an associated professor in Riga Technical University, Division of Heat, Gas and Water, Department of Water Engineering and Technology and senior researcher at Water Research Laboratory of Faculty of Civil Engineering and Research Centre for Civil Engineering.. She is specializing in water treatment technologies and provides expertise in water quality changes.  At the moment she is an expert of Latvian Academy of Science in Heat, Gas and Water technologies.

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Janis Rubulis

Dr. Janis Rubulis is an associated professor in Riga Technical University, Division of Heat, Gas and Water, Department of Water Engineering and Technology and senior researcher at Water Research Laboratory of Faculty of Civil Engineering and Research Centre for Civil Engineering. Dr. Rubulis has worked as a researcher on FP5 – FP7 projects since 2002.  Janis has conducted several national research projects for Ministry of Education and Science Republic of Latvia, as well ERDF and with industrial partners. He is specializing in drinking water quality in networks, distribution and quantification of water and his knowledge is appreciated by several Latvian infrastructure end-users.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Kamila Gruskevica

Dr. Kamila Gruškeviča is a senior researcher at Water Research Laboratory of Faculty of Civil Engineering and Research Centre for Civil Engineering. She has experience in drinking water and distribution system decontamination after the deliberate pollution events with chemical and microbiological agents, as well as in water distribution security area.