News | June 26, 2018

2018 AMTA-ADC Fellowships Awarded To Two Students Studying Membrane Technologies

The American Membrane Technology Association (AMTA) is pleased to announce that two students have been awarded AMTA ADC Fellowship Awards for 2018.

In 2011, the Affordable Desalination Collaboration (ADC) established a fund to provide financial support to students involved in membrane research and directed AMTA to distribute those monies in the form of Fellowships.

This year AMTA received submittals from very highly qualified students. After a committee of industry experts reviewed the applications the following students received part of the $10,000 allocated for this annual award:

Amar Bhardwaj is an Undergraduate Student at Columbia University in New York working under the supervision of Ngai Yin Yip, Ph.D., Assistant Professor with the Department of Earth & Environmental Engineering at Columbia University. Mr. Bhardwaj is researching the selectivity and durability of RO Membranes by encapsulation with overlayers of silicon oxide which can function as highly selective and robust ‘nanomembranes’.

Allyson McGaughey is a Ph.D. Student at the University of Southern California, Los Angles working under the supervision of Amy E. Childress, Professor and Director of Environmental Engineering at USC Viterbi, School of Engineering. Ms. McGaughey is examining the internal and distillate-side membrane hydrophobicity to understand pore wetting in membrane distillation which is increasingly relevant in the face of growing scarcity and impairment of freshwater resources.

Their research covers a range of membrane technologies and AMTA is excited to support four outstanding students in their scientific endeavors.

Each of the recipients will attend the 2019 Membrane Technology Conference and Exposition (MTC) to be held in New Orleans, LA on February 26 to March 1, 2019 and personally present their work as a paper or poster presentation. The award monies are intended to support their research and to provide financial assistance for travel expenses related to the MTC attendance.

AMTA is proud to be able to provide Fellowships such as the AMTA ADC Fellowships. In 2017 AMTA issued Fellowships in the amount of $ 67,000.

About The American Membrane Technology Association
The American Membrane Technology Association’s mission it to promote, advocate and advance the understanding and application of membrane technology to create safe, affordable and reliable water supplies, and to treat municipal, industrial, agricultural and waste waters for beneficial use. AMTA provides broad opportunities for the exchange of technical, operational and financial information among individuals and organizations interested in membrane technologies. As the leading advocate of membrane processes in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Central America, AMTA is a strong voice for regulatory and legislative reforms essential to the understanding, acceptance and utilization of membrane technologies. For more information, visit

SOURCE: The American Membrane Technology Association