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Jonathan Bessette

  • PhD candidate
  • 2024 -2025 Rasikbhai L. Meswani Fellow for Water Solutions
  • 2022 J-WAFS Travel Grantee
  • Department of Mechanical Engineering

Jon Bessette is a doctoral student in the Global Engineering and Research Laboratory within the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. His research is focused on desalination and water treatment systems for the developing world. Currently, Jon’s work focuses on designing and constructing a low-cost, deployable, community-scale desalination system for humanitarian crises.

Prior to MIT, Jon’s work has included research at Corning Inc, systems engineering at Moog, and radar-sounding to understand ice sheet dynamics and sea level rise at Stanford. Jon completed a bachelor’s degree at SUNY Buffalo. In his free time, Jon is a volunteer EMT.

Headshot photo credit: Tony Pulsone

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