News | June 22, 2016

Four Students Studying Membrane Technologies Receive The 2016 AMTA-ADC Fellowship Award

AMTA is pleased to announce that four students have been awarded the ADC Fellowship Awards for 2016. 

In 2011, the Affordable Desalination Collaboration (ADC) established a fund to provide financial support to students involved in membrane research and directed the American Membrane Technology Association (AMTA) to distribute those monies in the form of Fellowships.

AMTA received a number of highly qualified submittals in June 2016 and after committee review the following students were chosen to receive part of the $10,000 allocated for this annual award:

  • Carlo Alberto Amadei, Harvard University - Mr. Amadei is a Graduate Student and is studying GOAL-Graphene Oxide Architectural Laminates membranes for Desalination.
  • Mackenzie Anderson, University of California, Los Angeles, CA. Ms Anderson is an undergraduate student and the topic she is studying is to Develop a new scalable method for making membrane surfaces hydrophilic.
  • Rebecca McLean, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL. Ms. McLean is an undergraduate student and is addressing Nanoparticle Driven Forward Osmosis Innovation for Mitigating Membrane Fouling in Algae Separation
  • Trent Pinion, Texas A&M University, Kingsville, TX. Mr. Pinion is a Graduate student is has Design of Mixed Matric Polysulfone Membranes for Membrane Distillation as his target research

Their research covers a wide range of membrane technologies and AMTA is excited to support four outstanding students in their scientific endeavors.

Each of the recipients will attend the 2017 Membrane Technology Conference and Exposition (MTC) to be held in Long Beach, California on February 13-17 and personally present their work as a paper or poster presentation. The award monies are intended to support their research and to provide financial assistance for travel expenses related to the MTC attendance.

About The American Membrane Technology Association

The American Membrane Technology Association’s mission it to promote, advocate and advance the understanding and application of membrane technology to create safe, affordable and reliable water supplies, and to treat municipal, industrial, agricultural and waste waters for beneficial use. AMTA provides broad opportunities for the exchange of technical, operational and financial information among individuals and organizations interested in membrane technologies. As the leading advocate of membrane processes in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Central America, AMTA is a strong voice for regulatory and legislative reforms essential to the understanding, acceptance and utilization of membrane technologies. For more information, visit

About The National Water Research Institute (NWRI)

The National Water Research Institute (NWRI) was founded in 1991 by a group of Southern California water agencies in partnership with the Joan Irvine Smith and Athalie R. Clarke Foundation to promote the protection, maintenance, and restoration of water supplies and to protect the freshwater and marine environments through the development of cooperative research work. NWRI’s member agencies include Inland Empire Utilities Agency, Irvine Ranch Water District, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Orange County Sanitation District, Orange County Water District, and West Basin Municipal Water District. For more information, visit

SOURCE: The American Membrane Technology Association