Meagan S. Mauter-Civil and Environmental Engineering - Carnegie Mellon University

Meagan S. Mauter

Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering and Engineering & Public Policy

Civil & Environmental Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
Office: Wean 5111
Phone: 412-268-5688


Professor Meagan Mauter holds bachelors degrees in Civil & Environmental Engineering and History from Rice University, a Masters of Environmental Engineering from Rice University, and a PhD in Chemical and Environmental Engineering from Yale University. She completed post-doctoral training in the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and the Mossavar Rahmani Center for Business and Government at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she was an Energy Technology Innovation Policy Fellow.  

At Carnegie Mellon University, Professor Mauter runs the Water and Energy Efficiency for the Environment (WE3 Lab) and is jointly appointed in Civil & Environmental Engineering and Engineering & Public Policy. She also holds courtesy appointments in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering. Her present research seeks novel approaches to sustainably meet water supply in an energy constrained world by re-thinking the policies surrounding water treatment, re-defining the inputs to the treatment process, and re-envisioning the membranes in membrane-based water treatment processes. 

Research Group: EESS

Research Websites: WE3group

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Post-Doctoral Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
PhD 2011, Yale University
M.Phil, 2008, Yale University
BA; BS; MEE 2006, Rice University

Areas of Interest

Research Activity in the Water and Energy Efficiency for the Environment Lab

Professor Mauter's research group, the Water and Energy Efficiency for the Environment (WE3) lab, works to enable energy efficient water treatment technologies by addressing the technical and structural barriers to their implementation.  Recent work has focused on the development of membranes with improved mass transfer and fouling resistance, desalination technologies that leverage low temperature heat as an energy input, and processes for treating alternative feed streams, including high salinity oil and gas produced water and low salinity brackish water.

Recent Awards

  • George Tallman Ladd Research Award, 2016
  • NSF CAREER Award, 2016
  • Denise Denton Emerging Leaders Workshop Participant, 2016
  • NAMS Young Membrane Scientist Award, 2015
  • Wimmer Faculty Teaching Fellow, 2013
  • NSF Science Engineering and Education for Sustainability Fellow, 2012-2015
  • National Academy of Engineering, Frontiers of Engineering Symposium Participant, 2012
  • AWWA Academic Achievement Award 2012
  • AWWA Abel Wolman Fellowship, 2009-2011
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, 2006-2009
  • US EPA STAR Fellowship, 2006-2009

Selected Publications