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Water Equipment & Policy (WEP)

Marquette University

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Last Reviewed: 07/06/2017

The Water Equipment and Policy Center (WEP), located in Milwaukee Wisconsin, has developed core strengths important to its members including:

*  Real-time sensors that detect contaminants in water and wastewater systems, and remote locations

*  Nutrient removal, advanced wastewater treatment, anaerobic digestion and bioenergy generation

*  Innovative materials that resist corrosion, reduce friction and save energy in water treatment and distribution systems, and self-healing materials that automatically repair cracks that develop

 

Center Mission and Rationale

Growing populations around the world are overwhelming scarce water supplies.  And climate change is making the situation much worse.  The Water Equipment and Policy I/UCRC (WEP) is headquartered in Southeastern Wisconsin, which is home to more than 150 companies serving the water industry that have collaborated in establishing the region as the Western Hemisphere’s leading water technology cluster.  WEP research focuses on creating new sensors and devices, novel materials, innovative systems, and water policies that will help change the way the world manages its acutely stressed water resources.

Since its founding WEP’s universities have made significant investments in facilities and equipment and added scientists focused on water research. 

  • In 2011 Marquette University opened its new Engineering Hall featuring the state-of-the-art Water Quality Lab. 
  • In 2013 UW-Milwaukee (UWM) opened its Water Technology Accelerator (WaTA) in the Water Clusters Global Water Center.  WaTA occupies an area of about 14,000 sq ft of wet and dry labs and offices and support. 
  • In 2014 UWM opened its new graduate-level School of Freshwater Sciences.  It houses research support facilities, laboratories, teaching spaces and collaboration spaces.  The college also operates the 71 foot research vessel that provides year-round access to the lakes and a fully functional platform and floating laboratory. 

These facilities, labs, and equipment are unequaled in the Western Hemisphere, if not the world, and have been instrumental in developing WEP’s core strengths important to its members including:

  • Real-time sensors that detect contaminants in water and wastewater systems, and remote locations
  • Nutrient removal, advanced wastewater treatment, anaerobic digestion and bioenergy generation
  • Innovative materials that resist corrosion, reduce friction and save energy in water treatment and distribution systems, and self-healing materials that automatically repair cracks that develop

Research program

Sensors, Materials, and Environmental Systems

The WEP Center has developed core strengths important to its members including:

*  Real-time sensors that detect contaminants in water and wastewater systems, and remote locations
*  Nutrient removal, advanced wastewater treatment, anaerobic digestion and bioenergy generation
*  Innovative materials that resist corrosion, reduce friction and save energy in water treatment and distribution systems, and self-healing materials that automatically repair cracks that develop

WEP is the only I/UCRC that addresses the policies that drive the water and wastewater industries

Special Activities

WEP’s university and industry members meet frequently throughout the year to ensure the center is providing value to its members and meeting member expectations.  Every fall university scientists (PIs) propose new research projects, which are then voted on by industry members at a meeting in the spring to determine which ones to fund.  Members continue to meet frequently throughout the year in more informal settings to collaborate on the projects and monitor progress toward achieving research objectives.  In the fall, members meet again with the universities in a formal meeting to evaluate the projects.

Facilities and Laboratory

The University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and the Marquette University have outstanding laboratory facilities to support activities of the center.  Access more information with the link below.

http://www.wepiucrc.com/wep_facilities/

Locations

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Department of Mechanical Engineering
3200 N Cramer St

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 53211

United States

Marquette University

PO Box 1881

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 53201-1881

United States