Global Water Center Projects

The projects currently underway at the Global Water Center     

  • Faculty from Environmental engineering and Biology received awards from Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District for projects on: salt accumulation and hydraulic performance of green infrastructure soils (Dr. Anthony Parolari); Impact on recycled concrete materials on Milwaukee river ecosystem (Dr. Krassi Hristova) and operations and costs for pyrolysis liquid anaerobic co-digestion (Dr. Daniel Zitomer).
  • An interdisciplinary team of Marquette students and faculty, led by Drs. Hristova and Birren are working on a project to advance the science, policy, and innovation of clean water preservation and protection in Wisconsin. 
  • Civil & Environmental Engineering PhD student Paige Peters and her team are using Rapid Radicals Technology, LLC (RRTech), a water technology startup founded by Peters, to support the commercialization of high-rate, advanced wet weather treatment for the purpose of rapidly treating sewer overflow water during heavy precipitation. 
  • PhD student Lee Kimbell and his team of undergraduate researchers are analyzing the effect of metals on the antibiotic resistance in drinking water system.
  • PhD student Kassidy O'Malley is working with faculty on a project involving the mitigation of estrogens from drinking water via electrocoagulation. Currently in her final chapter of research, O'Malley is evaluating the efficacy of electrocoagulation as a pre-treatment for electrooxidation for mitigation of estrogens, with a focus on the allocation of energy between the stages of treatment. 
  • Rachelle Beattie, a recent PhD graduate in Biological Sciences, published a study on the impact of hospital sewage on dissemination of antibiotic resistant bacteria and pathogens in freshwater. 
  • The Haggerty Museum of Art worked with internationally renowned artist Mary Miss to establish a HUB space at the Global Water Center to research. The project team created the city-wide public art project titled WATERMARKS: An Atlas of Water and the City of Milwaukee.
  • Marquette engineers are collaborating with NanoAffix and the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District on use of biochars for wastewater treatment.
  • A Marquette engineering student senior design project collaborated with a Milwaukee nonprofit engineering consultant, Reflo, to expand a rainwater harvesting system capable of storing an appropriate volume at The Guest House of Milwaukee, a local homeless shelter.
  • Marquette engineers collaborated with CH2M and OxyMem to test membrane aerated biofilm reactors for wastewater treatment
  • Mathematics, statistics and computer science faculty are fostering academic-industrial collaboration, instruction and research in "big data," with an emphasis on datasets garnered from the water sector. 
  • The Marquette Law School Water Law and Policy Initiative will use the space to work on creating and evaluating a menu of options for policymakers to address high chloride concentrations in area waterways caused by the excess application of salt for winter deicing, in combination with other sources, as well as enhancing collaboration on other water policy and law topics.
  • A multidisciplinary team from chemistry, biology and environmental engineering will develop novel green and sustainable methods to synthesize high performance nanoparticle materials for industry applications.