Water Teaching and Research Laboratory: WaterLab

Nature of Research/Program Description: 

WaterLab consists of three programs:

  • Training program for students and professionals
    There is a national and international need for professionals trained to use and manage state of the art water treatment technologies. WATERLAB will provide this training to UCSC students, other college students from the region, and water professionals.
  • Research and testing program for water treatment technologies
    Water treatment technologies will be tested for reliability, energy consumption, operating characteristics, and other factors. Technologies will be selected based on cooperative agreements with private industry, laboratory research, and other sources.
  • Community outreach and demonstration
    WATERLAB will be part of larger effort along California Central Coast to demonstrate sustainable use of natural resources through water reclamation and reuse, energy capture, and other practices.

Keywords: water research; water engineering; policy; economics; communications; teaching; water treatment technology; training; undergraduates; professionals; fall quarter; winter quarter; spring quarter; summer; credit

Contact: Elias (Eli) Weintraub

Location: 
Off-campus
Location Details: 
Watsonville Water Resources Center
Targeted Students: 
Students majoring in Physical and Biological Sciences, Engineering, or Environmental Studies.
Program Time Period: 
Academic Year
Summer
All Year
Winter Quarter
Spring Quarter
Fall Quarter
Compensation: 
Academic Credit
Details: 
Credit arranged through the Environmental Studies Department
Approximate Number of UCSC Students (Each Year): 
2
Year Began: 
2010
Contact: 
Brent Haddad
Contact Title: 
Faculty Director, WaterLab
Contact Email: 
bhaddad@ucsc.edu
Faculty Director: 
Brent Haddad
Faculty Director Email: 
bhaddad@ucsc.edu
Program Goal(s): 
  1. Training students and professionals on advanced water management methods, including: desalination, reclamation and reuse, transmission and distribution, SCADA, public communications, and financial management.
  2. Developing, testing, and demonstrating water treatment technologies
  3. Introducing advanced water treatment technologies to the public
Reports/Articles/Videos: 

A History of Waterlab presentation from 5/2/12

Major(s): 
Applied Physics
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Bioengineering
Bioinformatics
Biology
Chemistry
Computer Engineering
Computer Science
Computer Science: Computer Game Design
Earth Sciences
Ecology and Evolution
Electrical Engineering
Environmental Studies
Marine Biology
Mathematics
Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology
Network and Digital Technology
Neuroscience
Physics
Physics Education
Plant Sciences
Robotics Engineering
Technology and Information Management