Carnegie Mellon University

Meagan S. Mauter

Meagan S. Mauter

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

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

Bio

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. 

Education

  • 2012-2013: Visiting Scholar, Energy Technology Innovation Policy Research Group, Science Technology and Public Policy Program, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
  • 2011 – 2012: Research Fellow, Energy Technology Innovation Policy Research Group, Science Technology and Public Policy Program, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs / Mossavar Rahmani Center for Business and Government, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
  • 2008: M.Phil - Yale University
  • 2006: BA; BS; MEE  - Rice University

Research

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.

Publications

Mauter, M.S.; Zucker, I.; Perreault, F; Werber, J.R.; Kim, J.H.; Elimelech, M.* (2018). "The Role of Nanotechnology in Tackling Global Water Challenges." Nature Sustainability, 1 (4), 166-175.

Gingerich, D.B.; Mauter, M.S.*, (2018). "Air Emission Reduction Benefits of Biogas Electricity Generation at Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plants." Environmental Science & Technology, 52 (3), 1633-1643.

Babaei, M.; Jones, I.C.; Dayal, K. Mauter, M.S.* (2017). "Computing the Diamagnetic Susceptibility and Diamagnetic Anisotropy of Membrane Proteins from Structural Subunits." Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation, 3 (6), 2945–2953.

Shanbhag, S.; Bootwala, Y.; Whitacre, J.; Mauter, M.S.* (2017). "Ion Transport and Competition Effects on Selective Insertion Electrode Performance." Langmuir, 33 (44), 12580–12591.

Welle P.D.; Mauter, M.S.* (2017). "High Resolution Model for Estimating Economic and Policy Implications of Agricultural Soil Salinization in California." Environmental Research Letters, 12 (9), 094010.

Gingerich, D.B.; Mauter, M.S.* (2017). "Air Emissions Damages from Municipal Drinking Water Treatment Under Current and Proposed Regulatory Standards." Environmental Science & Technology, 51 (18), 10299-10306.

Leitch, M.; Lowry, G.; Mauter, M.S.* (2017). "Characterizing Convective Heat Transfer Coefficients in Membrane Distillation Cassettes." Journal of Membrane Science, 538, 108-121.

Bartholomew, T.V.; Mey, L.; Arena, J.T.; Siefert, N.S.; Mauter, M.S.* (2017). "Osmotically Assisted Reverse Osmosis for High Salinity Brine Treatment." Desalination, 421, 3-11.

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.