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Current Graduate Fellows (2018-2020)



The NWRI-AMTA Fellowship research must pertain to the advancement of membrane technology in the water, wastewater, or water reuse industries. The research must also be consistent with AMTA’s vision statement: “Solving water supply and quality issues through the widespread application of membrane technology.” www.amtaorg.com


The fellowship is administered jointly by NWRI and AMTA, and provides $10,000 a year for two years to support graduate student research that pertains to NWRI's objectives to improve water quality, protect public health and the environment, and create safe, new sources of water, as well as AMTA’s mission to solve water supply and quality issues through the widespread application of membrane technology. Both recipients of the 2016-2018 award are conducting research on novel membrane technologies. You can read more about their research below.




Principal Investigator: Michael Geitner, The Pennsylvania State University


Bioinspired Hypochlorite-Resistant Reverse Osmosis Membranes


Mr. Geitner is a first-year doctoral student working under the supervision of Dr. Manish Kumar, Associate Professor Departments of Chemical Engineering and Environmental Engineering. He is evaluating bioinspired hypochlorite-resistant reverse osmosis membranes. Notably, Dr. Kumar himself was an NWRI-AMTA Fellow from 2007-2009.





Principal Investigator: Cassandra Porter, Yale University


Ion-Rejecting Membranes with Polyelectrolytic Layers Produced through Surface-Initiated Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization


Ms. Porter is a second-year doctoral student working under the supervision of Dr. Menachem Elimelech, Roberto C. Goizueta Professor of Chemical & Environmental Engineering. She is developing ion-rejecting membranes with polyelectrolytic layers produced through surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization.




The NWRI-Southern California Salinity Coalition (SCSC) Fellowship research must address the critical need to remove or reduce salts from water supplies and to preserve water resources in Southern California. Examples include institutional and regulatory issues, economics of reducing salinity levels, regional and watershed planning solutions, and public education, outreach, and awareness. www.socalsalinity.org



Principal Investigator: Amninder Singh, University of California, Riverside


Using Smart Irrigation Technologies to Optimize Recycled Water Application for Turfgrass Irrigation to Conserve Water, Maintain Turf Quality, and Sustain Soil Health



Mr. Singh is a first-year doctoral student working under the supervision of Dr. Amir Haghverdi, Assistant Professor of Irrigation and Water Management. He is exploring the suitability of smart irrigation controllers to automatically implement irrigation best management practices when recycled water is used for irrigation.



Click here to learn more about the 2016-2018 NWRI Fellows.