Vladimir Novotny since 2011 has been at Northeastern University (Boston) where he was a CDM Endowed Chair Professor and Director of the Center for Urban Environmental Studies. He is also a professor emeritus at Marquette University. He received his undergraduate and graduate education in Czech Republic and received a PhD degree in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering from Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN) in 1971. He is a partner of AquaNova, LLC which he founded in 1989.
In 2001 in Berlin he received the Sam Jenkins Medal for his lifelong achievements in the International Water Association (IWA). He was a member of the Committee for Scientific Basis of the TMDL Program of the National Academy of Science. In 2006 he organized a workshop on Cities of the Future (COF), published three books and made keynote presentations on this 21st century defining topic in China, Japan, Korea, Europe, Canada, and the US. In 2009 he was appointed to the IWA’s COF Steering Committee. For his Freeman endowed lecture on a Cities of the Future he received in 2011 a technical group award by the Boston Society of Civil Engineers. He published 12 books and more than 200 papers and reports.