About Us

Headquartered at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California, the National Alliance for Water Innovation, or NAWI, was created in 2017 to support the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy-Water Desalination Hub. Along with co-founding laboratories Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado, NAWI brings together a world-class team of industry and academic partners to examine the critical technical barriers and research needed to radically lower the cost and energy of desalination.

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, situated just up the hill from the University of California at Berkeley, features some of the world’s most powerful scientific facilities such as the Advanced Light Source, the Molecular Foundry, and the Joint Genome Institute.  Website

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, situated just up the hill from the University of California at Berkeley, features some of the world’s most powerful scientific facilities such as the Advanced Light Source, the Molecular Foundry, and the Joint Genome Institute. Website

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Oak Ridge National Laboratory, located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, is the nation’s premier laboratory in the areas of chemical separations and advanced manufacturing technologies — two core areas of research that hold the greatest promise to lower the cost and energy associated with water treatment.  Website

Oak Ridge National Laboratory, located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, is the nation’s premier laboratory in the areas of chemical separations and advanced manufacturing technologies — two core areas of research that hold the greatest promise to lower the cost and energy associated with water treatment. Website

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

National Renewable Energy Laboratory, located in Golden, Colorado, is the nation’s premier applied R&D laboratory focusing on renewable energy technology development and energy systems integration and analysis.  Website

National Renewable Energy Laboratory, located in Golden, Colorado, is the nation’s premier applied R&D laboratory focusing on renewable energy technology development and energy systems integration and analysis. Website

The members of NAWI’s Research Consortium and founding members of the NAWI Alliance as of June 2019.

The members of NAWI’s Research Consortium and founding members of the NAWI Alliance as of June 2019.


 
 
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The NAWI Leadership Team

Peter Fiske, executive director

Peter S. Fiske is the founder and Executive Director of NAWI and the Director of the Water-Energy Resilience Research Institute (WERRI) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Prior to joining Berkeley Lab, Fiske was the Chief Executive Officer of PAX Water Technologies, Inc. from 2008 until January 2017 when it was acquired by UGSI Inc. PAX Water pioneered the use of biomimicry to develop innovative and energy-efficient technologies for the water industry. PAX Water won a number of national water industry awards, and its iconic Lily impeller technology was featured in a major design exhibit at the New York Museum of Modern Art.

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Meagan Mauter, research director

Meagan Mauter is an Associate Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Stanford University. She directs the Water and Energy Efficiency for the Environment Lab (WE3Lab) with the mission of providing sustainable water supply in a carbon-constrained world through innovation in water treatment technology, optimization of water management practices, and redesign of water policies. Her present research seeks novel approaches to sustainably meet water supply in an energy constrained world by rethinking the policies surrounding water treatment, redefining the inputs to the treatment process, and re-envisioning the membranes in membrane-based water treatment processes. 

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Renae R. Speck, operations director

Renae Speck is the Chief Operating Officer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Center for Bioenergy Innovation and is Research Relationship Manager for the Energy and Environmental Sciences Directorate at ORNL. Previously, she was COO for IACMI-The Composites Institute and served as a Senior Commercialization Manager in the Office of Technology Transfer in ORNL's Partnerships Directorate. Speck holds a Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Matt Ringer, partnerships director

Matt Ringer is NREL’s Laboratory Program Manager for Advanced Manufacturing, overseeing the portfolio of science and engineering research completed on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO). He ensures NREL researchers and engineers working on AMO projects provide high-quality, groundbreaking results to our clients. Ringer also serves as the business development manager for NREL’s Mechanical and Thermal Engineering Sciences Directorate and engages with industry partners and academia to leverage the directorate’s capabilities in advancing new energy technologies.

Carol Valladao, finance & compliance director

Carol Valladao has served Berkeley Lab in multiple key operational management roles over more than 18 years. Valladao has managed multimillion-dollar projects from a variety of funding sources including DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy, Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, and Office of Science, and the California Energy Commission. Valladao has managed diverse teams of researchers from multiple university, national lab, and industry partners on projects from proposal development through project completion.

 

 the NAWI NEXTGEN PROGRAM

The NAWI NextGen Council 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. The NextGen Council will advise the NAWI Executive Team regarding early-career professional development needs and resources and will be responsible for organizing and running networking and professional development activities at NAWI Alliance meetings. The NextGen Council will be made up of graduate students, postdocs, or early-career staff members.

Click here for Q&As with five doctoral students focusing on clean water research at NAWI partner universities.