University of Arizona's WEST Center
WEST Center facilitates innovative research and technology development to ensure sustainable water supplies that protects and promotes environmental and human health. Critical to WEST’s success is the partnership between the University of Arizona, the private sector, utilities, and the community at large.
Features of the WEST Center:
- State-of-the-art facility for new water and energy technology evaluation
- Provides world class expertise in:
- Environmental microbiology & environmental engineering
- Technology development for reduced energy use in water treatment
- In line real-time sensors for water treatment technologies
- A leading center in emerging chemical and microbial contaminants
- Community monitoring of infectious agents for pandemic prevention and prediction
- Co-located with Wastewater Reclamation Facility allows for direct access to online variable water qualities for flow-through experiments
New publication from WEST researchers describes the barrier effect of membrane distillation against microbes
Demonstrating the valuable cooperation of engineers and microbiologists at WEST Center, a new publication out of UArizona WEST looks at membrane distillation’s effectiveness as a barrier to Coronavirus and Bacteriophage.
WEST Center Student Spotlight: Zachary Binger
A doctoral candidate working at WEST Center, Zachary Binger focuses on optimization of membrane systems, developing computer models to increase water recovery and reduce energy consumption.
UArizona Again Earns Top U.S. Ranking for Water Resources
For the fifth year in a row, the University of Arizona has earned the top spot in the U.S. for its work in the field of water resources. UArizona is again ranked No. 1 in the U.S. and No. 2 globally in water resources in ShanghaiRanking's 2021 Global Ranking of Academic Subjects. Read the full story by Nick Prevenas in UA News.
Visiting Scholar studies antibiotic resistant genes during his time at UArizona
Arriving from Pakistan in February 2021, Sabir Nawaz performed molecular analysis of antibiotic resistance genes during his six months at WEST Center.
Joan Rose presents a special public talk, May 2021
During the Spring 2021 semester, UArizona's WEST Center welcomed Dr. Joan Rose as a visiting professor. In a special public talk, premiering on May 5 at 4 PM, Dr. Rose offers a look into her career from earning her PhD at the University of Arizona to her significant contributions to the understanding of water microbiology and its use in monitoring water quality to improve public health. The talk will continue to be available on YouTube after May 5th.
WEST Director Dr. Pepper among Newly-Appointed Regents Professors
WEST Director, Dr. Ian Pepper, was among 6 University of Arizona faculty members confirmed as Regents Professors by the Arizona Board of Regents on April 15, 2021. The designation of Regents Professor is an honored position reserved for faculty scholars of exceptional ability who have achieved national or international distinction. Congratulations to Dr. Pepper!