Brown Bag Seminar - Plugging into WEST: Researchers, Industry, and Arizonans Benefit by Connecting with the UA Water and Energy Sustainable Technology Center
Ian Pepper, Co-Director, WEST Center
Bob Stea , Associate Director, Research Business Development, WEST Center
In 2016 WEST became the most recently established RDI "Institutional-level" Center at the University of Arizona. Such Centers are initiated to provide unique infrastructure or technological capabilities to the UA personnel on campus. The two Co-directors, Ian Pepper and Shane Snyder, report to the Senior Vice President for Research within the Office of Research, Discovery, and Innovation. WEST focuses on the water/energy nexus and has unique features that allow for innovative research and technology that can make research proposals more competitive. WEST partners with companies in the private sector and public utilities, and focuses on water and wastewater treatment, providing opportunities to pursue real-world problems. WEST is also interested in developing training programs on specific topics related to advanced water treatment, real-time sensors, and state-of-the-art molecular and microbial assays. Finally, WEST is the perfect vehicle for outreach and education activities related to water and energy. This presentation focuses on the latest projects and innovations at WEST, and the potential to be "plugged into WEST."