Advanced Water Technology Center



Tzahi Y. Cath, CV (pdf), Director, Associate Professor. Ph.D., University of Nevada, Reno. Membrane processes for seawater and brackish water desalination and for wastewater reclamation and reuse; zero liquid discharge processes for enhancement of water recovery; optimization and energy recovery in water and wastewater treatment processes.

Christopher Higgins, Associate Professor. Ph.D., Stanford University. Environmental organic chemistry; sediment bioaccumulation processes; emerging contaminants with a particular emphasis on perfluorochemicals and other charged organic contaminants; chemical fate and transport in natural and engineered aquatic systems; contaminant bioavailability.

Josh Sharp, Assistant Professor. Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley. Biotechnological applications towards groundwater remediation and water reuse; bacterial cytochrome-mediated attenuation of organic micropollutants; bioimmobilization of radionuclides and metals; microbial biogeochemistry.

John R. Spear, Professor. PhD, Colorado School of Mines. Environmental Microbiology, Metal Bioremediation, Environmental Policy and Impact Analysis.

John McCray, Professor and Department Head, Ph.D., University of Arizona; Contaminant hydrology, subsurface remediation, vadose-zone hydrology, subsurface vapor-transport, watershed hydrology, mathematical modeling, soil-based wastewater treatment.

Robert L. Siegrist, CV (pdf), PE, Professor Emeritus. Ph.D., University of Wisconsin. Environmental characterization and risk assessment; subsurface manipulation and in situ treatment of contaminated land, water, and waste water treatment, and reuse in natural and alternative systems.


Jörg E. Drewes, CV (pdf), Professor at the Technical University of Munich. Dr.-Ing., Technical University of Berlin, Germany. Water and wastewater treatment engineering; potable and non-potable water reuse; state-of-the-art characterization of natural and effluent organic matter; contaminant transfer among environmental media; fate of endocrine disrupting compounds and pharmaceuticals in natural and engineered systems.

Pei Xu, CV (pdf), Assistant Professor at New Mexico State University. PhD., L'École nationale du génie rural, des eaux et des forêts (ENGREF), France. Water and wastewater treatment engineering; potable and non-potable water reuse; membrane processes; desalination; concentrate management; produced water treatment and beneficial use; microbial desalination cell.