Ezequiel has just been awarded his Ph.D. and also holds a M.Sc. in Civil & Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Davis, as well as a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the National University of Salta, Argentina. Specializing in wastewater treatment, his research focuses on understanding the effect of perturbations on function and structure of microbial communities in activated sludge from a multidisciplinary perspective that includes engineering, molecular biology, ecology and statistics. He is also co-developing sustainable treatment alternatives for rural communities with an ongoing project studying the use of plant seeds for water disinfection, and enjoys volunteering for projects/organizations with social/educational impact like TEDxNTU. In addition, as a chemical engineer he has five years of industrial experience in the steel industry including managing operators, mentoring young engineers, team-working in multicultural and cross-disciplinary environments, improving processes, and working under pressure. He is passionate about engineering’s impact on society through water treatment and water reuse and believes in education as one of the main tools for social development.