NAWI is a community made up of researchers and scientists in industry, academia, and national labs, alongside stakeholders in federal, state and local governments, water users, entrepreneurs, investors, advocacy groups and individuals.
The NAWI Alliance is a no-cost membership-based organization that is free to join. It gives qualified individuals and organizations access to NAWI’s research products, educational materials, and software products.
NAWI Topic Area Leads
NAWI’s integrated research team includes prize-winning and nationally recognized water treatment researchers with established records of working with industry.
NAWI Research Consortium
The research consortium includes over 100 institutions, including Department of Energy (DoE) national laboratories, industry partners, and academic institutions.
Chair: Jens Birkholzer (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)
The NAWI Governance Oversight Board (GOB) is designed to help ensure successful execution of NAWI Hub operational and R&D components, leading to maximum benefit to DOE and the nation.
Research Advisory Council
Chair: David Sedlak (University of California, Berkeley)
The Research Advisory Council (RAC) includes technical leaders and senior advisors. The RAC provides technical reviews of the roadmaps, reviews NAWI project proposals, advises and assists individual NAWI research performers, and monitors important research and technology developments outside the Consortium in research programs with which they are familiar.
Beamline Characterization Advisory Council
Chair: Ethan Crumlin (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)
The NAWI Beamline Characterization Advisory Council (BCAC) aids the research program in identifying and fostering connections to x–ray and neutron facility resources (such as beamlines at user facilities), capabilities, and researchers both within and outside the DOE Lab complex and water treatment researchers who are either pursuing modeling and simulation as part of their research project or may benefit from a better understanding and familiarity with advanced
testing resources available to NAWI researchers.
Industry Advisory Council
Chair: Megan Plumlee (Orange County Water District)
NAWI’s Industry Advisory Council (IAC), which is made up of representatives from each of the major sectors that either generate or will potentially reuse nontraditional source waters, is helping ensure that industry priorities in desalination research are represented in the broader NAWI Hub research program. As the end-users for novel desalination technologies, the IAC provides a critical “voice of the customer” to ensure that research efforts are oriented in a direction that enables eventual industry adoption.
Modeling and Simulation Advisory Council
Chair: Laura Schaefer (Rice)
The NAWI M&S Advisory Council (M&SAC) exists to aid the research program in identifying and fostering connections between modeling and simulation resources, capabilities, and researchers both within and outside the DOE Lab complex and water treatment researchers who are either pursuing modeling and simulation as part of their research project or may benefit from a better understanding and familiarity with advanced modeling capabilities available to NAWI researchers.
Innovation and Commercialization Council
Chair: Gautam Phanse (Chevron)
NAWI’s Innovation and Commercialization Council (ICC) ensures that the Hub quickly identifies research results that have the potential for rapid commercialization and directs the creators of these results toward effective programs and resources to accelerate their transition to US industry.
NextGen Leadership Program
Chair: Jingbo Wang (UCLA)
The NAWI NextGen Leadership will ensure that early-career NAWI researchers and early-career members of the NAWI Alliance have a forum to identify professional development opportunities, build professional networks, and incorporate professional development training and resources into the annual alliance meeting program.