IUVA Announces New President, President-Elect and Executive Operating Committee Members

Ron-HofmannThe International Ultraviolet Association (IUVA) is pleased to welcome Ron Hofmann, professor at the University of Toronto, as its new president, serving a two-year term. Hofmann assumes the position from Oliver Lawal, president of AquiSense, who is now the association’s immediate past president. Jennifer Osgood, associate, project management and commercial leader, CDM Smith, has been named president-elect.



Jennifer-OsgoodAdditionally, Richard Joshi, director at atg UV Technology in the United Kingdom, is now the IUVA secretary; Ted Mao, vice president, research, at Trojan Technologies, has been added as the IUVA co-vice president of the Americas.

IUVA Forms Task Force for UV LED Disinfection Systems

An IUVA task force has been formed to construct guidelines regarding UV LED water disinfection systems to enable greater clarity on system performance across the global UV LED water disinfection system market. The task force will seek input from relevant stakeholders, including academic subject matter experts and researchers, UV LED water treatment equipment manufacturers, manufacturers with research and development efforts in UV LED water treatment, UV LED device manufacturers, and validation and regulatory experts across the world.

The first step in this process is determining the scope of the guidelines so they are useful but not too prescriptive across the global UV LED water disinfection system market.

The task force is being led by Gordon Knight, Ph.D., IUVA task force leader and technical adviser; and Natalie Hull, Ph.D., IUVA task force chair. Those interested in contributing are asked to respond to either the leader or chair by Jan. 10, 2020. For more information, contact Gordon Knight at dg.knight2018@gmail.com or Natalie Hull at hull.305@osu.edu.

Updates from the IUVA YP Committee

The IUVA Young Professionals Committee is excited for the upcoming IUVA conferences. Much is planned for Americas 2020, including a YP social event, a community outreach event and a panel discussion with a group of senior-level UV professionals. The committee also is in the initial planning phases for events at ICULTA 2020 in Berlin.

YP Spotlights

The young professionals in the UV community are incredibly talented, and the YP Committee would like to spotlight the following two YPs.

Brelon-MayBrelon May received his B.S. in chemical engineering from Clarkson University in 2013 and his Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from the Ohio State University in 2019. His dissertation focused on the development of nanowirebased UV LEDs. He created the first UV LED directly on flexible metal, which could enable drastic cost reductions. He also worked on increasing efficiency of these LEDs through improving device uniformity and unique processing schemes. His publications have been recognized as top stories by NSF Science360 News, featured in Semiconductor Today, selected as editorial picks in various peer-reviewed journals and resulted in multiple presentation awards at international conferences. May is now a postdoctoral researcher at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, working on combining dissimilar material systems to enable substrate reuse for solar cells.

Ataollah-KheyrandishAtaollah Kheyrandish is a postdoctoral research fellow and seasonal lecturer at the University of British Columbia. His experience in the UV LED industry started in 2013, and it has led to developing a standard method to characterize UV LEDs and a proposed protocol for UV dose determination of UV LEDs for water treatment applications. In addition to developing the operational protocols, he created an optical simulator to estimate radiation patterns of UV LEDs. His co-authored work has been published in peer-reviewed journals, as well as UV Solutions and IUVA News.

The YP Committee exists to increase interest and involvement in the IUVA and UV industry among young professionals (YPs), defined as students and professionals less than 35 years old or with less than five years of experience post-graduation in UV-related industries, government or academia.

For more information or to get more involved, follow the committee on Twitter and Facebook (@IUVAYP) or email iuvayp@iuva.org for updates on upcoming events and initiatives.