Apply now for the IDA 2019 fellowship program hosted by the University of Arizona water and energy sustainable technology (West) centre

Apply now for the IDA 2019 fellowship program hosted by the University of Arizona water and energy sustainable technology (West) centre
Published: 16 June 2019 - 4:17 a.m.
By: Baset Asaba

The International Desalination Association announced today that UA Water and Energy Sustainable Technology (WEST) Center is Host for 2019-20 IDA Fellowship Program.

Inaugurated in 2008, the IDA Fellowship is one of the industry’s most prestigious awards, featuring both a monetary prize of up to 10,000 USD and an attachment with a high profile host agency to work on a specific project. Its purpose is to promote greater interaction and sharing of knowledge, technologies and processes in the desalination and water reuse industry, thus benefitting not only the Fellow and host agency, but also the industry at large.

Inaugurated in 2008, the IDA Fellowship is one of the industry’s most prestigious awards, featuring both a monetary prize of up to 10,000 USD and an opportunity to partner with a host agency on a specific research project. The Fellowship is designed to increase expertise in desalination practice across the globe through collaborative, innovative research.

This year, IDA is thrilled to partner with the University of Arizona Water and Energy Sustainable Technology (WEST) Center. A leading interdisciplinary research facility, the UA WEST Center is dedicated to advancing sustainable water and energy practices through partnerships with both private and public organizations. The WEST Center brings together a variety of stakeholders—from industry to government to academia—to address the most pressing environmental challenges facing society today, making the Center a unique and important cornerstone in the industry.

The Fellow’s attachment will run from four to six weeks, from 19 August up to 27 September, 2019, and the Fellow may present his / her Fellowship experience at the 2019 World Congress in Dubai, October 20-24, 2019.

The Fellow will have the opportunity to visit and survey UA’s many partner utilities, receiving hands-on experience identifying issues and providing solutions to the challenges of water and energy technologies. Possible visitation sites include the Yuma Desalting Plant, the Nogales International Wastewater Treatment Plant, and Pima County Water Reclamation Facilities.

The Fellow will also conduct water reuse research at the WEST Center with the research group working under Dr. Andrea Achili. The group has numerous research opportunities available, with topics ranging from membrane distillation crystallization to optimizing membrane spacers geometry to assessing long-term performance of pilot-scale ultrafiltration / reverse osmosis systems for potable water reuse.

This will be the first time that UA West has been the host agency for the IDA Fellowship Program. Each host agency is a high-profile public utility or research organization known for its leadership in desalination and/or water reuse. In addition to UA WEST, IDA has partnered with PUB Singapore, the Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) in Saudi Arabia; Water Corporation and Murdoch University in Western Australia; the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation in the USA; the Ministry of Electricity & Water in Kuwait; and the Public Authority for Electricity and Water (PAEW), located in Oman.

Applications are now being accepted, with a submission deadline of 30 July. IDA and UA West will jointly select the Fellow. Successful applicants will possess 8-10 years of experience working in the water industry and have a distinguished career of accomplishments and professional achievements. Applicants must propose a project to complete for the duration of their fellowship, which will benefit the UA WEST Center, IDA, and the water industry at large. Please note that all applicants must be members of IDA.

For further details about the IDA Fellowship Program and application guidelines, please visit www.idadesal.org or email education@idadesal.org

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