China launched a toilet revolution across the country in 2015 with an aim to make such facilities cleaner and more regulated. In 2017, Chinese President Xi Jinping said, “China should continue to upgrade the country's toilets as part of its "toilet revolution" aimed at developing domestic tourism and improving people's life quality”. What does this mean beyond having cleaner and better equipped hardware? In this episode, Dr. Austin Huang, Fellow of American Society of Civil Engineering, and Diplomate of Geotechnical Engineering, Academy of GeoProfessionals, will explain his interpretation of China’s toilet revolution, and the impact to environmental water resources sustainability. He will also illustrate the problem of China's toilets in rural areas today and potential solutions to the problem. You will learn the vast opportunities that may be brought by the needs of this campaign and the associated impact in a broader social context in China.
About the Guest
Grew up in China and then moved to the US in the 1980s, Dr. Austin Huang is the founder of Merit Engineering Inc, a Geologist, a well-respected expert in the field of Geotechnical & Environmental Engineering in Civil Engineering, a Fellow of American Society of Civil Engineering, and a Diplomate of Geotechnical Engineering, Academy of GeoProfessionals. He has earned numerous awards in his professional life and has invented a gravity compensated Erosion Control Module System to protect shore from erosion, which was rated #1 in technical aspect among many competitors nationwide. He has served as technical paper peer reviewer for International Journal of Rock Mechanics and ASTM Geotechnical Testing Journal, and as Adjunct Faculty Member at Western Washington University. Besides his profession life in engineering, Dr. Huang is a musician and a music composer. He holds a PH. D from University of Wisconsin Madison in Geological Engineering.