Joan Garcia (1966) is Full Professor of Environmental Engineering and Director of the Department of Hydraulic, Maritime and Environmental Engineering of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). He is also leading the research group of “Environmental Engineering and Microbiology”. Joan obtained his degree in Biology in 1990 at the Universitat de Barcelona (UB) and in 1991 started to work as Assistant Professor in Environmental Engineering in the DEHMA. Joan presented his doctoral dissertation on wastewater treatment engineering in 1996 at the UB, while at the same teaching at the Civil Engineering School of the UPC. He has been a postdoc research visitor at University of California at Berkeley (2001), and University of Ghent, Belgium (2005). He has written over 150 articles in scientific as well as technical journals.