Science Team

Bruce Rittman, Ph.D – Arizona State University

Dr. Bruce Rittmann, Ph.D., is the director of the Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University and is also a Regents’ Professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering and Built Environment.

Z. Jason Ren, Ph.D. – Princeton University

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment. Water-Energy Nexus; Environmental Biotechnology; Water Resource Recovery; Microbial Electrochemistry; Water and Wastewater Treatment; Environmental Remediation; Carbon Capture and Utilization; Water Desalination; Membranes

Pei Xu, Ph.D. – New Mexico State University

Dr Pei Xu PhD. Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, New Mexico State University research areas include water and wastewater engineering; membrane processes; desalination; potable and non-potable water reuse; produced water treatment; oxidation and photocatalysis; biological and bioelectrochemical processes; removal of emerging contaminants; and membrane fouling.

Sunny Jiang, Ph.D. – University of California Irvine

Dr. Jiang’s research group focuses on applied and environmental microbiology. Research projects in her lab include investigation of seawater desalination biofouling, deep subsurface sludge disposal and energy regeneration, microbial water quality and microbial ecology of harmful algal blooms. Please see Jiang’s laboratory webpage for additional information

Julie Korak, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor University of Colorado Boulder

Propose, conduct and manage novel research with a focus on inorganic contaminants and membrane processes.
Provide technical expertise and conduct planning studies for water treatment design projects.