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Water Innovation Workshop

Monday, October 24, 2016
8:30 am to 7:00 pm
Rubin Campus Center
United States

A Workshop to Develop Sustainable Solutions to Emerging Water Problems

This one-day workshop, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, will bring together 150 individuals from academia, industry and the government to identify, address, and share solutions to improve water supply abundance, access and safety. The workshop will be conducted in partnership with SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities), the New England Water Innovation Network (NEWIN), the U.S. Water Partnership, the UMass Water Resources Research Center, the United States Geological Survey (USGS), and the Campus Compact organizations from Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. Learn more about our partners.

REGISTRATION is now closed. Meals will be provided during the workshop.

ATTENDEES: Please download information for your visit to WPI's Campus, including parking information & a campus map.

Workshop Agenda

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9:00 am       Welcome & Introduction of Partners

9:30 am       Keynote: "Water Innovation for Global Development"

          Winston Soboyejo, Dean of Engineering, WPI 

10:30 am     Concurrent Sector Panel Discussions

- The Role of Water Innovation Clusters

- The Role of Academic Research and Education

- International and Domestic Commerce Opportunities

11:30 am     Breakout Session: Identifying & Prioritizing Market Driven Needs

- Municipal Waste Water

- Storm Water, Infrastructure and Data Analysis

- Drinking Water Contaminants

- Industrial Water Needs Across Food and Energy

- Water Sustainability Management

12:30 pm     Lunch Presentation in a Fireside Chat Arrangement (Sponsored by: Watts Water Technologies)

          - Earl Jones, Heartland Technology

          - Michael Dobbs, Watts Water Technologies

          - Michael Shapiro, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

2:00 pm       Breakout Session: Collaborating & Developing Market Driven Solutions

- Municipal Waste Water

- Storm Water, Infrastructure and Data Analysis

- Drinking Water Contaminants

- Industrial Water Needs Across Food and Energy

- Water Sustainability Management

3:00 pm       Graduate & Undergraduate Student Poster Session

4:30 pm       Networking Reception & Poster Awards



Call for Posters

A Graduate and Undergraduate poster session will be held at the Water Innovation Workshop from 3:00-4:30 pm on October 24th. Graduate and undergraduate students from New England higher education institutions will present their research and model projects at the poster session. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to present research and network with others from the water innovation field to create an interactive learning experience.

Poster Guidelines  

  • Limit text to ¼ of the poster space including abstract (50 word max) and summary (500 word max)

  • Use visuals such as graphs and photos to tell your story

  • Posters should be mounted on a 36 x 48 inch poster display board

  • A banner at the top should display your poster title, name, institution and department

  • Posters should represent completed work

Poster Submission 

The application process for the poster session is now CLOSED.


About Our Partners



The New England Water Innovation was conceived in Massachusetts in 2011, incorporated in January 2014 and since then has been reaching out to New England and beyond to establish best practices in order to accelerate innovation.  We recognize that bringing water technologies to market is a long process and aim to provide the forum and the path to be most efficient.  Our objectives are to:

  • Drive water innovation through collaboration, best practice sharing, advocacy and outreach

  • Help solution providers with business development and technology testing site network to accelerate innovation to market

  • Help solution seekers find best-in-class technologies to improve treatment cost and quality

  • Engage and energize our next generation of water industry professionals

  • Provide a common voice for the New England Water industry.


SENCER (SCI New England)

The New England Center for Innovation (NE SCI) is a regional hub of the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement and the National dissemination NSF grant called SENCER- Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities. NE SCI might also be labeled the Northeaster SCI because it has a broad interpretation of its boundaries and includes eastern Canadian provinces. Hosted among Worcester Polytechnic Institute, University of Southern Maine and Southern Connecticut State University, the SCI floats its conference and leadership council meetings within the various New England states.  Our goals include maintaining affiliation to support improved teaching and learning, individual and institutional development, and links with the community. This SCI is strong in three particular interests: 

  • Environmental change-- Geographical, biomedical, geological, economic, environmental, cultural, and other aspects present challenges to the area. Adaptive responses call for rethinking and retooling in many aspects of society, including education, employment, and governance. The result is a growth in solutions and responses to capacious issues developed using the SENCER approach.

  • Pre-service and in-service teacher education --We embrace science teaching as an active, inquiry-based process to adequately prepare our next generation of teachers. Inter-and multi-disciplinary science education is an important task for an educated citizenry.

  • Health-related issues--Emerging health problems such as obesity, obesity related illnesses, new pathogens (MERCA, etc.), diseases (diabetes, etc.). Require innovative approaches to research and development as well as new pedagogy in teaching and learning. 


Campus Compact

Campus Compact is a national coalition of nearly 1,100 colleges and universities committed to the public purposes of higher education. We are a network comprising a national office and 34 state and regional Campus Compacts. As the only national higher education association dedicated solely to campus-based civic engagement, Campus Compact enables campuses to develop students’ citizenship skills and forge effective community partnerships. Our resources support faculty and staff as they pursue community-based teaching and scholarship in the service of positive change.  Our objectives are to:

  • Maintain the leading online collection of resources for community based teaching and scholarship

  • Provide professional development to administrators and faculty to enable them to build effective partnerships

  • Facilitate national partnerships connecting campuses with key issues in their local communities

  • Build pilot programs to test and refine promising models in engaged teaching and scholarship

  • Convene higher education institutions and organizations, along with partners beyond higher education, to share knowledge and develop collective capacity.

Connecticut Campus Compact, Massachusetts Campus Compact, Maine Campus Compact, Rhode Island Campus Compact, and Campus Compact for New Hampshire are pleased to partner with NEWIN and SENCER on the Water Innovation Workshop.


US Water Partnership

The USWP was inspired by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s 2010 World Water Day speech in which she pledged to bring American diplomatic, scientific, private sector and development stakeholders together to address global water challenges.

The U.S. Water Partnership's (USWP) mission is to unite and mobilize best of U.S. expertise, resources and ingenuity to address global water challenges, with a special focus on developing countries where needs are greatest. The USWP is being constructed principally by the Global Environment and Technology Foundation (GETF), with five founding partners: Global Water Challenge; Environmental Law Institute; University of North Carolina Water Institute, World Resources Institute; and the U.S. Department of State.

The core functions of The U.S. Water Partnership will connect people and resources, making information easily accessible and leveraging the assets of partners to offer a range of “best of the U.S.” solutions tailored to priority water needs. The three levels of service include:

1) Access to knowledge – synthesize and manage the wealth of U.S. information through readily accessible, centralized physical and web-based network tools, and provide a central platform for knowledge sharing.

2) Technical assistance and training – build capacity to understand U.S. information and develop recipient-led solutions.

3) Partnership development – facilitate and build “best of the U.S.” collaborations and expert teams to provide integrated solutions and rapid response to address significant international challenges.

The Partnership operates under a vision of working together for a water secure world.  Our goals include:

  • Improving the quantity, quality and accessibility of water, sanitation and hygiene to promote better health

  • Advancing integrated water resources management to conserve and restore watersheds, to curb pollution, to adapt to climate change and to reduce risk from floods and droughts

  • Increasing efficiency and productivity of water use to boost agricultural, energy and industrial output and conserve water


UMass Water Resources Research Center

The Water Resources Research Center supports research, education, and outreach on water resources issues of state, regional, and national importance as part of the national system of institutes authorized under the Water Resources Research Act of 1964. Established in 1965, the Center is now part of the Center for Agriculture at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The Center encourages an interdisciplinary approach to resolving state and regional water problems and has involved the University system and many other Massachusetts colleges and universities in Center research.

The Center supports faculty research and training of graduate students and is a national leader in the use of volunteers for high quality water quality monitoring of surface waters. The primary objectives of the Center are to:

  • Serve as liaison between federal, state, and local representatives and water/ environment expertise at UMass Amherst

  • Address water resources needs of the Commonwealth and New England through research, creative partnerships, and information transfer

  • Actively engage federal and state agencies in interdisciplinary, University water resources research, education, and outreach efforts. 


United States Geological Survey (USGS)

The United States Geological Survey was created by an act of Congress in 1879.  USGS, has evolved over the ensuing 125 years, matching its talent and knowledge to the progress of science and technology. USGS is the sole science agency for the Department of the Interior. It is sought out by thousands of partners and customers for its natural science expertise and its vast earth and biological data holdings.   

As the Nation's largest water, earth, and biological science and civilian mapping agency, USGS collects, monitors, analyzes, and provides science about natural resource conditions, issues, and problems. Our diverse expertise enables us to carry out large-scale, multidisciplinary investigations and provide impartial scientific information to resource managers, planners, and other customers.  

Our primary goal is to serve the Nation by providing reliable scientific information to describe and understand the Earth; minimize loss of life and property from natural disasters; manage water, biological, energy, and mineral resources; and enhance and protect our quality of life.