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Amy E. Childress, PhD, is a Professor and Director of the ReWater Center in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Southern California. Her research and scholarly interests are in the areas of desalination, wastewater reuse, and the water-energy nexus.


She has recently investigated pressure-driven membrane processes as industry standards for desalination and water reuse; membrane contactor processes for innovative solutions to contaminant and energy challenges; membrane bioreactor technology; power plant water supply and demand; colloidal and interfacial aspects of membrane processes; and brine reduction and energy recovery.

Childress is the past president of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors, a board-certified Environmental Engineering member, and a recent Fulbright US scholar. She has directed research funded by federal, state, and private agencies and led several successful interdisciplinary, multi-PI projects. 


She has a BS degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland, and MS and PhD degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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