This joint fellowship with the Bureau of Reclamation advances AMTA’s mission to promote and advance the understanding and application of membrane technology to reduce the cost, energy usage and environmental impacts in advanced water treatment and desalination. Read More About the Fellowship…
2020 Fellowship Recipients
Stephanie McCartney, Columbia University, New York
McCartney is a PhD Student researching Advancing Membrane Technologies for Nitrogen and Phosphorous Recovery from Human Urine under the guidance of Dr. Ngai Yin Yip. McCartney earned an MS in Earth and Environmental Engineering from Columbia University and a BS in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from Lafayette College, Pennsylvania. McCartney’s work examines the feasibility of two membrane-based technologies, isothermal membrane distillation with acidic collector and Donnan Dialysis driven anion exchange, for nutrient recovery from urine. By driving innovations in membrane technologies, the research aims to revolutionize nutrient-management—advancing membrane performance for nutrient reclamation from wastewater, improving energy-efficiency of the process, and lowering costs while protecting aquatic environments.
Duong Nguyen, University of Colorado Boulder
Nguyen is a Graduate Research Associate studying Ultra-Selective Air-gap Reverse Osmosis Distillation Membranes for Desalination, Water Reuse, and Resource Recovery under the guidance of Dr. Anthony Straub. Nguyen earned an MS in Environmental Engineering from Arizona State University and a BS in Environmental Science from Vietnam National University. Nguyen is developing a new distillation-based reverse osmosis process using hydrophobic membranes that has the potential to reduce cost and energy demand for desalination and water reuse while creating new opportunities for recovery of volatile solutes.
Jacob Palmer, Texas State University – San Marcos
Palmer is a Doctoral Student studying Enhanced Water Recovery by a Combination of Photobiological Process and Secondary Reverse Osmosis under the guidance of Dr. Keisuke Ikehata. He earned an MS in Chemical and Environmental Engineering and a BS in Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Riverside. Palmer’s research is one of the newest RO brine treatment and enhanced water recovery schemes that will increase water supply while reducing cost, energy usage, and environmental impacts of membrane-based treatment systems.
Haley White, Georgia Institute of Technology
White is a Graduate Research Assistant exploring Enhanced Wastewater Reclamation with Carbon Molecular Sieves under the guidance of Dr. Ryan Lively. White earned both an MS and BS in Chemical Engineering from Tennessee Tech University. Her research will support the development of first-generation carbon molecular sieve membranes, more rigid and selective and adapted to direct potable reuse, for the removal of small, neutral solutes from wastewater to safeguard public health.