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.
New Research uses Novel Smartphone-Based Technology to Detect Waterborne Pathogens
In a recently-published study, UA researchers – including several from WEST Center – used new technology to demonstrate a highly sensitive and field-applicable method for detecting viruses in water.
Hickenbottom Projects Seek Water/Energy Efficiencies
Working with UA faculty Dr. Kerri Hickenbottom, staff and students at WEST Center explore waste stream minimization and energy use efficiency through two inventive projects.
Desert Research Institute (DRI) Connects with WEST
A visit to WEST Center by DRI's Dr. Maureen McCarthy sparked discussion around the application potentials of water/energy technologies in dispersed settlements, and possibilities for cross-institutional collaboration.
WEST Center Announced as IDA Fellowship Host Site
The International Desalination Association (IDA) announced today that UA WEST Center has been selected as the Host for the 2019-20 IDA Fellowship Program. A call for applications is open until July 30, 2019.
WEST Student Receives SBAR Graduate Fellowship
Congratulations to Tenzin Phakdon, a first year PhD student in Environmental Engineering, for receiving the 1-year Sustainable Bioeconomy for Arid Regions (SBAR) graduate fellowship.
34th Annual WateReuse Symposium
The 34th Annual WateReuse Symposium will be held in San Diego, CA, from September 8 -11, 2019. Past years have seen more than 600 professionals gathering from nine countries to discuss issues of water reuse innovations and policy. Attendees can earn up to 20 professional development hours and interact with exhibitors from across the country.
Arizona Hydrological Society Annual Symposium
The 2019 Arizona Hydrological Society (AHS) Symposium will be held from September 25–27 at the Casino Del Sol, just west of Tucson. This annual event will feature a plenary session, over 50 talks, poster sessions, workshops, social events, and more.