Central to J-WAFS’ mission is the cultivation of the next generation of leaders in the water and food sectors.
Through funding opportunities, events, support for clubs and entrepreneurship, and mentorship, we endeavor to expose students across the Institute to exciting research, networking, and professional opportunities in water and food.
Examples of our work in this area
“J-WAFS provided me the freedom to explore both fundamental physics and materials engineering to push the water sorption limit of hydrogels. I got opportunities to collaborate with chemists and computational scientists to not only understand the mechanics and thermodynamics that govern the water sorption of hydrogels, but also explore versatile manufacturing techniques to fabricate the designed hydrogel on a large scale.”
—Shaoting Lin, Postdoc in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and researcher on a J-WAFS seed grant project "Smart porous hydrogels for atmospheric water harvesting" with Professors Xuanhe Zhao and Gang Chen
2023-24 J-WAFS Fellows announced
MIT team working on a J-WAFS Animal Agriculture grant travels to Africa
J-WAFS to send students to Stockholm World Water Week
2022 Water Innovation Prize competition features a variety of solutions to global water challenges
Five MIT PhD students awarded 2022 J-WAFS fellowships for water and food solutions