John H. Lienhard V, PhD, PE
Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Water and Food
John H. Lienhard V is Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Water and Food and the Director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Water and Food Systems Lab at MIT. During three decades on the MIT faculty, Lienhard’s research and educational efforts have focused on water purification and desalination, heat and mass transfer, and thermodynamics. He has also filled a number of administrative roles. Lienhard received his bachelors and masters degrees in thermal engineering at UCLA from the Chemical, Nuclear, and Thermal Engineering Department, where he worked on thermal instabilities in solar collectors and evaporating meniscus measurements for desalination systems. He joined MIT immediately after completing his PhD in the Applied Mechanics and Engineering Science Department at UC San Diego, where he did experimental work on thermally stratified turbulent flows. Lienhard's research in desalination has included humidification-dehumidification desalination, membrane distillation desalination, forward and reverse osmosis, nanofiltration, solar-driven desalination, fouling, electrodialysis, management of high salinity brines, and energy efficiency improvement. Lienhard has directly supervised more than 85 graduate theses and postdoctoral associates. He is the author of more than 250 peer-reviewed publications and holds more than 40 issued and pending US patents. Technologies developed by his group have been commercialized through several start-up companies.