MIT Students Win Recognition at Water Sector Conferences

MIT Students Win Recognition at Water Sector Conferences

Doctoral Students Emily Tow and Quantum Wei Win Awards for Best Poster and Best Presentation

August 5, 2016

Emily Tow and Quantum Wei, doctoral students in John Lienhard’s lab, recently represented MIT at water sector conferences, receiving awards for their academic work. At Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) in July, Tow won a Best Poster Award for her poster of the research paper she co-authored with Lienhard, “Comparison of fouling behavior in forward osmosis and reverse osmosis desalination at brackish and seawater salinity.” The Singapore International Water Week is the premier global platform to share and co-create innovative water solutions. The biennial event gathers stakeholders from the global water industry to share best practices, showcase the latest technologies and tap business opportunities.

Wei, the co-vice president of the MIT Water Club for 2016-2017, received the First Place Student Oral Presentation Award for his paper at the Universities Council on Water Resources Conference (UCOWR), held in Pensacola Beach, Florida this past June 21-23. The paper, co-authored with Lienhard and Ronan McGovern, is titled “Energetic Benefits Of Staged Reverse Osmosis.” UCOWR is an organization of universities, non-academic institutions, and international affiliates leading in water resources education, research, and public service. UCOWR institutional members and delegates are at the forefront of water resources related research and education, and hold an annual national conference.