Carnegie Mellon University

Meagan S. Mauter

Meagan S. Mauter

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

Civil & Environmental Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890


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. 


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


Research Group: EESS

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.


Bartholomew T.V.; Mauter, M.S. (2016). "Multi-Objective Optimization Model for Minimizing Cost and Environmental Impact in Shale Gas Water and Wastewater Management." ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering.

Makaremi, M, Jhon, M.S., Mauter, M.S., Biegler, L.T. (2016). "Surface Wetting Study via Pseudocontinuum Modeling." Journal of Physical Chemistry, 120 (21), 11528–11534.

Leitch, M., Li, C., Ikkala, O., Mauter, M.S., Lowry, G. (2016). "Bacterial Nanocellulose Aerogel Membranes: Novel High-Porosity Materials for Membrane Distillation." Environmental Science & Technology Letters, 3 (3), 85-91.

Keen, O., Bell, K., Cherchi, C., Finnegan, B., Mauter, S., Parker, S., Rosenblum, J., Stretz, H. (2014).  “Emerging Pollutants–Part II: Treatment.” Water Environment Research, 86 (10), 2036-2096.

Small, M.,  Stern, P, Bomberg, E., Christopherson, S., Goldstein, B., Israel, A., Jackson, R., Krupnick, A., Mauter, M., Nash, J., North, D. W., Olmstead, S., Prakash, A., Rabe, B., Richardson, N., Tierney, S., Webler, T., Wong-Parodi, G., Zielinska, B. (2014).” Risks and Risk Governance in Unconventional Shale Gas Development.” Environmental Science & Technology,  48 (15), 8289-8297.

Mauter, M., Alvarez, P., Burton, A., Cafaro, D., Chen, W., Gregory, K., Jiang, G., Li, Q., Pittock, J., Reible, D., Schnoor, J., (2014). “Regional Variation in Water-Related Impacts of Shale Gas Development and Implications for Emerging International Plays.” Environmental Science & Technology, 48 (15), pp 8298–8306.

Mauter, M., Palmer, V., (2014). “Expert Elicitation of Trends in Marcellus Oil and Gas Wastewater Management.Journal of Environmental Engineering,140 (5).

Adzima, B., Venna, S., Klara, S., He, H., Zhong, M., Luebke, D., Mauter, M., Matyjaszewski, K., Nulwala, H., (2014). “Modular Polymerized Ionic Liquid Block Copolymer Membranes for CO 2/N 2 Separation.” Journal of Materials Chemistry A 2 (21), 7967-7972.

Bell, K.Y.; Bandy, J.; Finnegan, B.J.; Keen, O.; Mauter, M.S.; Parker, A.M.; Sima, L.C.; Stretz, H.A., (2013). “Emerging Pollutants–Part II: Treatment.” Water Environment Research, 85(10), 2022-2071.

Mauter, M.S., Fiat, A., Elimelech, M., and Herzberg, M.(2013). “Quorum Sensing in Escherichia coli Initiated by Surface Density Immediately Following Attachment.” Environmental Science and Technology, 47(12), 6223-6230.

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

Meagan Mauter: Meeting Water Demand in an Energy-Constrained World

Associate Professor Meagan Mauter discusses how to use waste heat at power facilities to reduce energy usage in water desalination.