Interview with Dr. William Tarpeh

Dec 12, 2023
By Julia Dinmore, The Water Research Foundation

Turning Waste into Gold with Dr. William Tarpeh

A rare few people end up in the career they decided for themselves as children. More often, the question “What do you want to be when you grow up?” yields an answer upon which most of us look back with a smile, a laugh, a shake of the head. We make plans and find ourselves, years later, doing something entirely different from what our younger selves imagined. Dr. William Tarpeh, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at Stanford University and head of the Tarpeh Lab, is no different. In an interview with The Water Research Foundation (WRF), William revealed his childhood dreams of digging up dinosaur bones. “I was always broadly interested in science, but the first science that caught my heart was paleontology.”

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I spend a lot of time thinking about the beauty of building what I wish I’d had.”
William Tarpeh, PhD