Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment (NEWT) is applying nanotechnology to develop transformative and off-grid water treatment systems that both protect human lives and support sustainable economic development. NEWT is an interdisciplinary, multi-institution nanosystems-engineering research center (headquartered at Rice University) whose goal is to facilitate access to clean water almost anywhere in the world by developing efficient modular water treatment systems that are easy to deploy, and that can tap unconventional sources to provide humanitarian water or emergency response. NEWT also develops systems to treat and reuse challenging industrial wastewaters in remote locations, such as oil and gas fields to help energy production be more sustainable and more cost-efficient in regards to its water footprint.
This year NEWT is host 9 Research Experience for Teachers (RET) interns at our partner institutions (RICE, ASU, and UTEP). The goals of the program is for K-12 teachers to engage in current research NEWT research, develop project-based learning (PBL) lessons plans with an emphasis on the engineering design process, and to widely disseminate their research experience and lesson plans.
NEWT interns will share their research experiences over the course of 6-weeks throughout this Blog.