National Labs to Empower Water Innovation Ecosystem

May 7, 2024

An outgrowth of immense investment in scientific research initiated by the U.S. Government during World War II, the Department of Energy (DOE) National Laboratories have served as the leading institutions for scientific innovation in the U.S. for more than seventy years.

The DOE National Laboratories offer a diverse portfolio of water-energy expertise, unique infrastructures including user facilities for water-energy research and innovation, a culture of innovation spanning from fundamental research to translational efforts, as well as Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) education and outreach.

In this VIRTUAL panel discussion, panelists from Argonne National Laboratory (one of the 17 DOE Labs) will discuss Argonne’s roles and engagement in the recent win of the up to $160M National Science Foundation (NSF) Great Lakes ReNEW Water Innovation Engine in collaboration with Current (lead institution), the University of Chicago, and other partners in the Great Lakes Region.

The NSF ReNEW Engine represents an unprecedented opportunity for the region to transform its water economy into a circular blue economy.

Argonne panelists include:

–Meridith Bruozas, Institutional Partnership Director (Science, Technology Partnership & Outreach)

–Junhong Chen, Lead Water Strategist (Physical Sciences and Engineering Directorate)

–Seth Darling, Chief Science and Technology Officer (Advanced Energy Technologies Directorate)

–Lauren Valentino, Environmental Engineer (Applied Materials Division)