2017 Water Innovation Symposium: Innovating a New Future for Wastewater Management

Monday, September 18, 2017
8:00 am to 7:30 pm




The New England Water Innovation Network (NEWIN), WPI, and the local water industry community convened on September 18 for a day of networking and knowledge sharing. Entrepreneurs, academics, technologists, and investors attended to get a glimpse of local innovation and connect with other water professionals.


Symposium Agenda - September 18, 2017

8:00-8:30 am     

Registration Open

8:30-8:50 am

Introductory Remarks & Welcome

8:50-9:30 am

Keynote Presentations: George Hawkins, CEO of DC Water ("Utility of the Future: Drivers in the circular economy") and Anatole Krattiger, Director of Global Challenges ("From Invention to Impact: Using intellectual property assets to drive innovation and tech transfer")

9:30-10:00 am    

Coffee Break & Networking - Sponsored by Woodard & Curran

10:00-11:00 am

Panel 1: Driving water innovation with a stick or a carrot. What is the role of technology, policy, regulations and economics?

Moderator: Jim Cabbot, Cabbot Strategies LLC. Panelists: George Hawkins, DC Water; Beth Nestariak, Southern Central CT Regional Water Authority; David Duest, MWRA Deer Island; Karla Sangrey, Blackstone Water Authority.

The US has been slow to adopt energy efficiency or resource recovery in the water utility space. Why is this and what can we do to accelerate it? Panelist will present and discuss market-driven needs. Each will provide an overview of problems they have faced, or currently face. Moderated discussion explore viable strategies to drive adoption of new solutions.

11:00 am-12:00 pm       

Panel 2: Strategies for translating research to innovation

Moderator: Marcus Gay, NEWIN. Panelists: Judy Giordan, ecosCVS; Joe Bush, Worcester CleanTech Incubator; Kathryn Elmes, MassCEC Water Investment; Nicole Palmer, Lando and Anastasi, LLP; Raj Malhotra, IvenTrust.

Water innovation is often driven by technologists, engineers and scientists who start the innovation process by building a hammer and then looking for the nail. The urgency of water innovation requires increased attention to the efficiency of the innovation process. Panelists will engage in a moderated discussion about the role of the regions innovation assets and opportunities to accelerate water innovation in Massachusetts?

12:00 - 1:30 pm

Lunch: Fireside Chat with Carl Schultz, Paques. Observations from the commercialization of Annamox.

1:30-2:30 pm

Panel 3: Lessons learned from selling water technology in China

Moderator: RJ Sullivan, Department of Commerce. Panelists: Steven Lam, Gradient Corporation; John Tracy, Oasys Water; Robert Sterner, Magnelli Materials.

China has some of the most aggressive regulations driving clean water technology and water recycling and reuse operations. Many of the locally developed, innovative technologies, engaging in the energy efficiency, recycling and reuse markets have gained traction working in China ahead of the US market. Presenters will provide a technical presentation on a recent project in China. This is followed by a moderated panel discussion sharing experiences and lessons learned.

2:30-3:30 pm

Panel 4: Recent additions to our regions water technology expertise

Moderator: Philip Jordan, BW Research Partnership. Panelists: Chris Rinaldi, Paques BV; Stanton Smith, Nanostone; Earl Jones, Heartland Tech.

Recent analysis estimates that approximately 40% of the companies engaged with NEWIN work within the energy efficiency, recycling and reuse theme. This area of excellence coupled with our human capital supports many start-ups and attracts established water technology firms to locate in the region. NEWIN has supported three member companies with their relocation to the region. Panelists from each firm will provide a technical presentation about who they are and what they do, followed by a moderator-led discussion about why they chose Massachusetts.

2:30-3:30 pm

SENCER NSF Planning Meeting

Planning meeting for SENCER and academics colleagues collaborating on an upcoming NSF grant application

3:30-4:00 pm

Coffee Break & Networking - Sponsored by BW Research Partnership

4:00-5:30 pm

Parallel Break Out Sessions:

  • Hear and be Heard: Listening to the voices of academia and industry
  • Women in Water: Exploring opportunities for gender diversification in the water sector
  • NEWIN Business Excellence Series: Leadership, management and team dynamics
  • Lead generation Services and Solutions

5:30-7:30 pm

Reception & Networking (Innovation Showcase & Student Poster Display)

7:30 pm

Symposium Close