Industry & Community

People gathering for an event at WEST Center

WEST Center is a resource for industry and the community.

Ways to be involved at WEST


Public utilities and private companies can fund research of interest to them through two mechanisms.

  • Membership in the National Science Foundation-graduated Water and Environmental Technology Center (WET).  Research incurs 0% indirect cost.
  • Directed research on specific issues relevant to the company or utility via a grant (sponsored research).  Research incurs an off campus indirect cost rate of 26%.


  • Organizations interested in utilizing WEST for technical trainings and certifications can work with University of Arizona faculty to develop short courses for professional development.
  • Organizations can sponsor internships for student research.  Developed connections often lead to subsequent recruitment opportunities.
  • University of Arizona graduate and undergraduate students have opportunities to conduct research of interest to organizations.


  • Tours of WEST are available to school groups, community nonprofits, and other interested parties. 
  • The Citizen Water Academy provides additional opportunities to learn about the work at WEST Center in conjunction with local utilities (Tucson Water and Pima County Wastewater)