"We look forward to having an active role in the ERC's research to help put innovations into practice," added Megan Plumlee, a scientist with the Advanced Technologies Group at Kennedy/Jenks Consultants in San Francisco. Her company works in recycled-water planning and design work.
The research of the Urban Water ERC will combine fundamental investigations and applied research in engineered systems, natural systems and urban water management.
"Working with partners in industry will transform the center's groundbreaking research into practical and sustainable solutions," Luthy said. "Achieving technical innovation and new ways of doing business requires the ERC team to tackle the full range of economic, policy and social factors at play in water resources decision-making and management."
As director of the ERC, Luthy will coordinate a myriad of projects on three different scales. There will be laboratory research and real-world "test beds" demonstration sites including a wetland in Discovery Bay in Contra Costa County and proposed new facilities at Stanford. ERC scientists will also work on designing future water infrastructure in collaboration with municipal water management systems and institutions such as the city of Palo Alto and the Santa Clara Valley Water District.
An additional mission of the Urban Water ERC is to inspire future engineers through extensive education programs at participating institutions. According to Luthy, this will yield a pipeline of well-prepared students of diverse backgrounds who are ready and eager to pursue water-related degrees at the undergraduate and graduate level.
The goal, ultimately, is a new cohort of leaders who will transform America's water infrastructure. This effort also includes important outreach programs aimed at students of all ages, from kindergartners through adult
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