Kimberly L. Jones
Kimberly L. Jones is associate professor of civil engineering at Howard University. Her research interests include methods for optimizing membrane processes for water treatment and biomedical applications, methods to reduce membrane fouling, mass transport, interfacial phenomenon, water and wastewater treatment plant design, and water quality. She is currently Deputy Director of the Keck Center for the Design of Nanoscale Materials for Molecular Recognition. Dr. Jones served on the NRC Committee to Review the Desalination and Water Purification Technology Roadmap and is currently serving on the Committee on Environmental Decision Making: Principles and Criteria for Models. She will join the Water Science and Technology Board as a member on July 1, 2006. Dr. Jones received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in civil engineering from Howard University and the University of Illinois, respectively, and her Ph.D. in environmental engineering from the Johns Hopkins University.
Philip Rolchigo is the Vice President of Water Technologies at Pentair, Inc. Prior to this position he led the Global Separation Technologies section of General Electric, Water and Process Technologies. Formerly he was the chief technology officer and led the research and development division of Osmonics, Inc., a global manufacturer of high-technology water purification and separation technologies, which was later acquired by General Electric. He was also vice president of research, development, and engineering for Membrex, where he helped develop leading-edge membrane and filtration technologies. Dr. Rolchigo received his B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Rochester in New York and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in chemical and biochemical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.
Sandeep Sethi is a project manager and Southeast region R&D lead at Carollo Engineers. His work experience spans over 15 years in desalination, membrane technology, and concentrate management projects.. He has served as project manager, principal investigator, technical advisor, and lead process/project engineer on over 20 membrane technology projects that span diverse expertise including pilot, demonstration, and full-scale testing; pre-design and design; process engineering; applied research; and planning and feasibility investigations. He has served as principal investigator and project manager on two AwwaRF projects on concentrate management and desalination/membrane technology. He has served on numerous professional committees and organizations focused on membrane technology that influence technology development, technical standards, and future regulations. He received his B.E. in civil engineering from Birla Institute of Technology and Science in Pilani, India, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in environmental science and engineering from Rice University in Houston, TX.
Water Consultants International
John Tonner is a senior consultant at Water Consultants International. He has over 18 years of experience in the design, engineering, and operations of both thermal and membrane desalination processes. Mr. Tonner has expertise in the technical basis of commercially viable desalination processes with experience from four continents and almost 50 countries and some of the world’s largest and most technically advanced seawater desalination projects. He is a member of the board of directors of the International Desalination Association. He received his B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Paisley, Scotland.
Henry J. Vaux, Jr.
University of California, Berkeley
Henry J. Vaux, Jr. is professor emeritus of resource economics at both the University of California in Berkley and Riverside. He is also associate vice president emeritus of the University of California system. He also previously served as director of California's Center for Water Resources. His principal research interests are the economics of water use, water quality, and water marketing. Prior to joining the University of California, he worked at the Office of Management and Budget and served on the staff of the National Water Commission. Dr. Vaux has served on the NRC committees on assessment of water resources research, western water management, and ground water recharge, and currently, sustainable underground storage of recoverable water. He was chair of the Water Science and Technology Board from 1994 to 2001. He received a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan.
Judith S. Weis
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick
Judith S. Weis is a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Rutgers University, Newark. Her research has focused on estuarine ecology and ecotoxicology, mainly on stresses in the estuarine environment and their effects on organisms, populations, and communities. Particular areas of interest have been the effects of metal contaminants on growth, development, and behavior; development of tolerance to contaminants in populations living in contaminated areas; effects of invasive marsh plant species on estuarine ecology, and on fate of metal contaminants. Much of her research has been focused on estuaries in the NY/NJ Harbor area. Dr. Weis served as a AAAS/American Society of Zoologists Congressional Science Fellow with the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and she was a Program Director at the National Science Foundation. She has been a visiting scientist at EPA, both at the research lab at Gulf Breeze FL and in the Office of Water’s Ocean and Coastal Protection Division. She has been a member of the Marine Board of the National Research Council, and currently serves on the National Sea Grant Review Panel of NOAA. She received her bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and her M.S. and Ph.D. from New York University.
Warren W. Wood
Michigan State University
Warren Wood is the John Hannah Professor of Integrative Studies at the Department of Geological Science, Michigan State University. His research interests include groundwater and geomorphology of arid lands, hydrogeology, and groundwater geochemistry. Prior to joining the faculty of Michigan State University, he was as a research hydrologist at the USGS until his retirement. His research experience includes the origin of salinity in the Sabkhas in the United Arab Emirates. He had also worked for many years in the High Plains area of Texas on a wide range of groundwater issues, including recharge and salinization and the origin of saline lakes. He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in geology and hydrology from Michigan State University.