Northwestern Center for Water Research
Mission and Vision
The Northwestern Center for Water Research strives to increase opportunities for NU faculty and students in all domains touching on water, to catalyze and coordinate water research across NU, and to increase the visibility and impact of NU water research by solving current and emerging grand challenges in water systems sustainability, efficiency, and robustness.
Northwestern will be a world leader in designing, simulating, and integrating innovative materials and engineered bioprocesses into water systems to achieve global solutions for regional and local water challenges.
About the Center
The Northwestern Center for Water Research formed in September 2015 to link the University’s water research efforts in basic sciences, technology development, law and policy, and systems analysis and simulation. The Water Center will enable the Northwestern community to achieve:
- Fundamental advances in water science, enabling new water technologies and improved prediction of water systems.
- High-performance discovery, design, and commercialization of materials for water monitoring and processing technologies.
- Efficient, robust and durable solutions for water reuse, low-purity water sources, and resource recovery from wastewaters.
- Integration of theory, data, and models to predict large-scale, long-term outcomes in complex water/energy/food/ecosystems, and enable safe, efficient, and sustainable management of water.
The Water Center will develop global solutions for regional problems by engaging diverse industrial, governmental, and community partners to apply the highest levels of science and engineering to solve water challenges in the Chicago region and throughout the Great Lakes and Mississippi Valley.
Taking a Stand at Standing Rock
Clean Water in Kenya: NU Engineers Without Borders Develops Water Distribution System in Maasai Community Near Nairobi
Diving Deep to Save Coral Reefs
NOAA Launches America’s First National Water Forecast Model
As Louisiana Flood Waters Recede, The Scope of Disaster Comes Into View
Poverty, Drought and Felled Trees Imperil Malawi Water Supply
Giant Coral Reef in Protected Area Shows New Sign of Life
Israel, The Water Superpower
Quick Analysis Finds Effect of Climate Change in French Floods
Looking, Quickly, For the Fingerprints of Climate Change
Nature: A Better, Faster, Cost Effective Answer for Climate Resilience
Watershed Degradation Costs Global Cities $5.4 Billion in Water Treatment Annually
Floating Food Forest Arrives in New York City
Maryland Flood: Never Seen Such Devastation
Paid 6-Month Internship at RainReady
A “Sixth Sense” for humidity helps insects stay out of climate trouble
Symposium Looks to Israel as Role Model for Water Sustainability
Water Sustainability Symposium to Examine Solutions for Middle East
Will Dichtel – Polymer breakthrough could revolutionize water purification
Water Sustainability is Focus of New Center
Chicago Regional Water Center
Chicago Tribune announces formation of Current
Luisa Marcelino – Using Data to Protect Coral Reefs from Climate Change
Sinan Keten – Sinan Keten Receives Navy Young Investigator Award
Nancy Loeb & Franz Geiger – Depue Continues 20-Year Struggle to Cleanup Toxic Pollution
Neelesh Patankar – Engineers Identify How to Keep Surfaces Dry Underwater
Research on Lead and Cognition
See below for upcoming events
Keynote Address: Representative Mike Quigley, U.S. House of Representatives, 5th District Illinois
Plenary Talk: Diana Bauer, PhD, Director, Office of Energy Policy Analysis and Integration, Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis, U.S. Department of Energy
Plenary Talk: Mark Johnson, PhD, Director, Advanced Manufacturing Office, U.S. Department of Energy
Harriet Festing, Center for Neighborhood Technology
Andrew Gronewald, PhD, NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory
Jessica Hellmann, PhD, University of Minnesota
Thomas Kunetz, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District
Joseph Ryan, PhD, University of Colorado
Louis Room South, Norris University Center, 1999 Campus Drive, Evanston Campus
NAISE Water Cluster
The Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern
ISEN advances global energy and sustainability solutions through transformational research, interdisciplinary education, and public engagement.
Center for Optimization and Statistical Learning
OSL provides innovative research to better utilize the growing amounts of data available in our increasingly networked world.
Northwestern Argonne Institute in Science and Engineering
NAISE fosters collaborative research in energy, national security, and biological and environmental systems. NAISE supports computational facilities at both institutions.
Environmental Advocacy Center, Pritzker School of Law
The Northwestern Pritzker School of Law Bluhm Legal Clinic’s Environmental Advocacy Center pursues issues in clean air and water, clean up of hazardous waste sites, safe drinking water, green technology, climate change, and renewable energy.