OCWD Board of Directors

Cathy Green
First Vice President
Denis R. Bilodeau, P.E.
Second Vice President
Philip L. Anthony
Jordan Brandman
Shawn Dewane
Jan M. Flory, ESQ.
Dina L. Nguyen, ESQ.
Roman Reyna
Stephen R. Sheldon
Roger C. Yoh, P.E.
General Manager
Michael R. Markus
P.E., D.WRE.

DesalTech 2015
Program and Registration
Now Available
Registration for the International Conference on Emerging Water Desalination Technologies in Municipal and Industrial Applications (DesalTech 2015) is now open. DesalTech will be held August 28 -29, 2015, and is co-located with the 2015 IDA World Congress at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California. This new conference focuses on innovative research in emerging seawater or brackish water desalination technologies. Please visit the DesalTech 2015 site to learn more.


DesalTech 2015 will feature oral and poster presentations from dozens of experts from a variety of academic and commercial enterprises. The program will focus on municipal and industrial applications of desalination technologies.

Session topics for DesalTech 2015 include:

Day One: Focus on Emerging Processes and Municipal Applications

  • Forward Osmosis
  • Membrane Distillation
  • Salinity Gradient Energy: Pressure Retarded Osmosis
  • Salinity Gradient Energy: Reverse Electrodialysis
  • Other Emerging Technologies

Day Two: Focus on Process Hybrids, Material Science and Industrial Applications

  • Commercialization Landscape
  • Process Hybrids
  • Biofouling
  • Other Emerging Technologies

Each session will feature a keynote presentation. Topics to be addressed include:

  • Forward Osmosis Principles, Trend, and Applications
  • Membrane Distillation Configurations and Modules
  • Opportunities for Membrane Distillation
  • Role of Pressure Retarded Osmosis in the Mega-ton Project
  • RED Principles and the EU (NES) Salinity Gradient Power Network
  • Adsorption Desalination
  • Extraction of Water and Minerals from Coal Seam Gas Produced Water for Beneficial Uses
  • Brine Management and Zero Liquid Discharge Options
  • The Singapore Commercialization Ecosystem
  • Biomimetic Forward Osmosis and Pressure Retarded Osmosis Membranes


DesalTech is pleased to present the following four distinguished plenary speakers:

  • Anthony Fane, Singapore Membrane Technology Center. "Overview and Roadmap for Membrane Process Development in Desalination."
  • Menachem Elimelech, Yale University. "Energetics of Desalination."
  • Samer Adham, Conoco-Philips. "Desalination Needs and Opportunities in the Oil and Gas Industry."
  • Neal Chung, National University of Singapore. "Polymeric Membranes for Clean Water and Osmotic Power Generation."

Please visit DesalTech 2015 Program to download the full preliminary program.


Registration for DesalTech is now open. Early rates are in effect until July 1, 2015. Conference attendees who register for both DesalTech 2015 and IDA 2015 are eligible for a discount. Please visit the DesalTech 2015 Registration page to view a complete list of rates and to register. If you have questions regarding registration, please email Ms. Brandi Caskey at info@desaltech2015.com.


Sponsorship / Hotel Accommodations / Travel
Ms. Jaime Lumia
Email: jlumia@nwri-usa.org
Phone: 714-378-3278

Technical Program / Oral and Poster Presentations
Ms. Suzanne Faubl
Email: sfaubl@nwri-usa.org
Phone: 714-378-3278