MIT WATER SUMMIT 2016
The hardest problems we face in ensuring a supply of clean water are complex and multidisciplinary. The 2016 MIT Water Summit brought together a water community from different disciplines and sectors to learn, discuss, and explore the current and future state of water supply. Some of the questions addressed in the Summit include: How can big data help to build a smarter water utility? How can complex issues of water ownership be resolved? What are some of the lessons learned from recent water quality issues? How do big infrastructure decisions get made? How can we improve upon current funding models for water utilities? What public and private sources of investment are available to water start-ups?
George Hawkins, DC Water
Stephen Estes-Smargiassi, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA)
Christopher Gasson, Global Water Intelligence magazine and Amane Advisors
Panel - Visions for the Future
How do we create more efficient and sustainable water cycles for our future? How can we adapt to a changing climate, increasing urbanization and growing populations? What role will new technology and design play?
Dr. Harold G. Fravel, Jr., American Membrane Technology Association
George Hawkins, CEO and GM of DC Water
Professor James Wescoat, MIT Department of Architecture, MIT Tata Center
Dr. Luis Montestruque, President and CTO of EmNet
Panel - The Role of Policy
How should policy pave the way for the future utility development? This panel explored the intersection of water and public health issues, policy’s role in promoting the utility of the future, and the challenges of the current regulatory environment.
Mary Barry, Executive Director of New England Water Environment Association (NEWEA)
Professor Gabriella Carolini, MIT Department of Urban Studies & Planning
Dr. Joseph Cotruvo, President of Joseph Cotruvo & Associates, Water, Environment and Public Health Consultants
Michael Murphy, Director of Water Innovation at Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC)
Panel - The Role of Economics
How do we pay for the future water utility? This panel explored financing challenges and opportunities, and discussed the role of both utilities and the private sector in water supply financing.
Marcus Gay, Executive Director of New England Water Innovation Network (NEWIN)
Dr. Alexander Heil, Chief Economist of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey
Francesca McCann, Business Development Director of InfraManagement Group at Black & Veatch
Ed McCormick, President of McCormick Strategic Water Management, LLC
Panel - Utility & Industry Partnerships
How do we transition from vision to reality? This panel focused on how to meet the major challenges faced by the water sector in redesigning utilities, and how industry should work together in collaboration with utilities and the public to increase efficiency, maintain quality, reach sustainability, all the while generating value.
Josh Adler, Founder and CEO of Sourcewater
Anupam Bhargava,VP of Advanced Technology & Innovation at Xylem Inc.
Stephen Pike, CEO of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC)
Windsor Sung, Engineer
Panel - Academia to Markets
How should those performing academic research look to have an impact in the competitive space of water markets? Bringing together successful innovators from academia both from the student and facilitator perspective, this panel focused on how to transition promising technology from the lab to market.
Professor John Lienhard V, MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering, Director of the Abdul Latif Jameel World Water and Food Security Lab (J-WAFS)
Allison Deines, Director of Special Projects at Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF)
Dr. Prakash Govindan, Co-Founder and CTO of Gradiant Corporation
Georgina Campbell Flatter, Executive Director of The Legatum Center, and Lecturer in Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management at MIT Sloan
Viewpoints: Conclusions & A Look Ahead
Christopher Gasson, Publisher of Global Water Intelligence (GWI)
Tom Pankratz, Editor of GWI's Water Desalination Report
Renee Robins, Executive Director of the Abdul Latif Jameel World Water & Food Security Lab (J-WAFS)
To wrap up the summit’s dialogue on the future of water utilities, participants got together in two working groups focusing on "Boston's water distribution & sewage systems" and "Wastewater treatment & recovery at MIT." The groups brainstormed ideas for the elaboration of action plans, creating a tangible result for participants and the broader community.
The following companies and organizations presented their work at the Technology Showcase in the 2016 Summit.
Posters presented at the 2016 MIT Water Summit: