Emily Tow

Emily is a PhD candidate in Mechanical Engineering studying membrane fouling in reverse osmosis desalination. Direct potable reuse of municipal wastewater is one of the lowest-energy options for boosting water supply, but better understanding of membrane fouling is needed to further reduce energy consumption and increase adoption of this technology. The Martin Fellowship supports her research in reverse osmosis membrane fouling with the goal of developing predictive models, improving treatment system design, and reducing the overall energy consumption associated with desalination. When not doing research, Emily likes to draw, paint murals, make soft sculptures and hang out with New House students as a Graduate Resident Tutor.