University of Arizona's WEST Center
The WEST Center is a leading-edge venue focused on advanced water and wastewater treatment and monitoring, alternative energy and related technologies. WEST is co-located with Pima County's Agua Nueva Water Reclamation Facility and is adjacent to reclaimed water recharge basins and constructed wetlands – all of which compose a Water Reclamation Campus. WEST is unique in its ability to conduct the translational research necessary to advance the sustainable technologies of the future. With large portions of the United States currently affected by drought, WEST Center is poised to answer some of the nation's biggest questions about sustainable water and energy use.
The Interim Director of WEST Center is Kim Ogden, Ph.D., professor in the University of Arizona's Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering and Interim Vice President for Research.
Researchers from Joan Rose’s lab train at WEST Center
For a week in February 2019, Matthew Flood and Syrena Whitner - research scientists from Joan Rose's lab at MSU - visited WEST to gain expertise in cell culture techniques and qPCR protocols.
New staff welcomed at WEST
Dr. Bianca Miguel Souza Chaves was welcomed to WEST Center in February 2019. Her expertise includes advanced oxidation processes, biological and membrane processes, solar radiation, nanomaterials, toxicity, and control of emerging contaminants.
WEST featured on MRS TV - Watch now!
In November 2018, the Materials Research Society (MRS) hosted its 2018 Fall Meeting & Exhibit, and featured a video shot on site at WEST Center. Don't miss it!
WEST well represented at IWA Regional Water Reuse Conference
University of Arizona researchers contributed to planning and presentations at the International Water Association (IWA) 2018 Regional Conference on Opportunities for Water Reuse in Southeast Asia, held in Phuket, Thailand October 30 – November 2.
Water-Energy Nexus at Forefront of UA Research
The interrelation of water and energy is an essential area of inquiry at WEST Center. A current collaborative study between faculty in Optical Sciences and Chemical Engineering/WEST explores the potential for using new solar-thermal technology for water purification.
WEST Industry Advisory Board (IAB) Convenes in Tucson, AZ
Members of the WEST Center Industry Advisory Board (IAB) met in Tucson on Oct. 9 for the WEST Center 2018 IAB Meeting & Research Symposium. Attendees heard research updates, toured WEST, and discussed priorities for new project development. It was a great opportunity to connect with partners.
AWWA Sustainable Water Management Conference
The American Water Works Association (AWWA) Sustainable Water Management Conference, held in Tucson March 31 - April 3, 2019, will be organized by technical topic. The 2019 program will focus on challenges and solutions related to: Efficiency, Resilience and Sustainability, Source Water Supply and Protection, and Resource Management and Planning.
AZ Water 2019 Annual Conference
The AZ Water Association's 2019 Annual Conference and Exhibition will be held April 16-18, 2019, in Phoenix, AZ. The three-day event is designed to provide professional development, continuing education, and technology transfer to support AZ Water's vision of “a vibrant Arizona through safe, reliable water”.
AEESP Research & Education Conference
The Association of Environmental Engineering & Science Professors (AEESP) Annual Conference will be hosted by ASU in Tempe, AZ in May 2019. It will highlight topics related to the theme, "Environmental engineers and scientists see cities in 4-D: The build environment, the natural environment, human health, and cyberspace."