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2020 Fellowship Recipients

NWRI/BioLargo, Inc., Fellowship

This fellowship funds research about the technical and scientific aspects of advanced water and wastewater treatment. This fellowship is underwritten by BioLargo, Inc.


Lorianne Shultz, University of Central Florida 

Lori is pursuing her doctorate in chemistry with a focus on materials for catalytic, environmental applications under the guidance of Dr. Titel Jurca.

Her focus is on synthesizing heterogenous catalysts that are resistant to chlorine poisoning for the remediation of pharmaceuticals and personal care products in water. She is also working to better understand the mechanisms of these catalytic reactions which would lead to the production of more efficient and tunable catalysts. 

NWRI Member Agency Fellowship

This fellowship funds research about developing and/or enhancing drinking water supplies and water resources in general. 


Yanghua Duan, UC Berkeley

Yanghua is a doctoral candidate working under the supervision of Dr. David Sedlak, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering.


Yanghua’s research examines the feasibility of incorporating electrochemical advanced oxidation into drywell systems to treat and recharge stormwater runoff. The research aims to provide a new approach to utilizing urban stormwater runoff to augment our drinking water supply.


Wei-Cheng (Wayne) Hung, UCLA

Wayne Hung is a PhD candidate working under the supervision of Dr. Jennifer Jay, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UCLA.


His research mainly focuses on the prevalence, persistence, and effects of heavy metal co-selection on antibiotic resistance in the environment. In this proposal, he anticipates to elucidate co-selective pressure for antibiotic resistance exerted by heavy metals in urban stormwater.

NWRI/AMTA Fellowship for Membrane Technology

The NWRI/AMTA Fellowship supports research to advance membrane technologies in the water, wastewater, or water reuse industries. Research must be consistent with the American Membrane Technology Association's vision of "Solving water supply and quality issues through the widespread application of membrane technology."


Yousuf Bootwala, Georgia Institute of Technology

Yousuf is a third year doctoral student working under the supervision of Dr. Marta Hatzell, in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology.


His current research focuses on evaluating and improving the transport and selectivity of 2D titanium carbide membranes for applications in water treatment as well as for resource recovery. 


Stephanie Ribet, Northwestern University

Stephanie Ribet is a third year PhD student in Professor Vinayak Dravid’s lab working on developing nanocomposite materials for water remediation.


Using the Dravid group's Oleophilic, Hydrophobic, and Magnetic (OHM) sponge for oil spill cleanup as a platform technology, she is tailoring membranes to recover other toxins including nutrients and heavy metals. Her work is focused on understanding the structure-property relationships of these membranes to optimize their performance using a number of microscopy and spectroscopy techniques.

NWRI/SCSC Fellowship

The NWRI-Southern California Salinity Coalition (SCSC) Fellowship supports research that addresses the critical need to remove or reduce salts from water supplies and to preserve water resources in Southern California. Such research includes institutional and regulatory issues, economics of reducing salinity, regional and watershed planning solutions, and public education, outreach, and awareness. Visit the SCSC website for more information.


Mackenzie Anderson, UCLA

Mackenzie Anderson is a third year PhD student in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry working under advisor Dr. Richard Kaner.

She now focuses her research on materials for chemically tolerant and selective membranes as well as coatings for the reduction of mineral scale on desalination membranes.


An NSF Innovation at the Nexus of Food Energy and Water Systems Trainee, Anderson views her research in the context of sustainable water management. She has had the opportunity to be a leader in campus sustainability infrastructure planning and broaden her understanding of water systems through research on remote sensing of Earth's water at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

NWRI/WateReuse Fellowship

The NWRI-WateReuse Fellowship funds research related to the advancement of recycled water treatment technology and policy, for either potable or non-potable reuse of water.


Hannah Greenwald, UC Berkeley

Hannah is a fourth year doctoral student at UC Berkeley working under the supervision of Kara Nelson, professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering.



Her research focuses on how transitioning to direct potable reuse will impact microorganisms in drinking water distribution systems.

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