2022 Tailored Collaboration Research Program Update


WRF's Tailored Collaboration (TC) Program is a matching program that supports utility-specific/regional issues and provides an opportunity for subscribing utilities to partner with WRF on research projects that may bpere more specialized or regional in nature, but still have the potential for broader applicability. This webcast shared everything you need to know to prepare to apply for the 2022 TC Program. Researchers that received funding through the 2020 TC Program presented on their ongoing projects, and three utility representatives shared perspectives on the benefits of the TC Program.


Welcome and Introductions

  • Peter Grevatt, PhD, Chief Executive Officer, The Water Research Foundation
  • Peter Keenan, Director of Engineering, American Water

Tailored Collaboration Program Overview and 2022 Deadlines

  • Kenan Ozekin, PhD, Research Unit Leader, The Water Research Foundation

2020 TC Project Presentations – Moderated by Peter Keenan

  • Understanding Pyrolysis for PFAS Removal (5107) – Derya Dursun, PhD, PE, Hazen and Sawyer
  • Studying the Fate of PFAS through Sewage Sludge Incinerators (5111) – Lloyd Winchell, PE, Brown and Caldwell
  • Post-Wildfire Distribution System Water Quality Impacts and Potential Responses (5106) – Andrew Whelton, PhD, Purdue University
  • Application of Finite Element Analysis in the Design of Large-Diameter Buried Pressure Pipes-Special Cases (5109) – Himan Hojat Jalali, PhD, University of Texas-Arlington
  • Filtration Process Control for Pathogen Removal and Climate Change Adaptation (5110) – Liza Ballantyne, Toronto Water and Monica Emelko, PhD, University of Waterloo

Utility Roundtable Discussion – Moderated by Peter Keenan

  • Liza Ballantyne, Manager, Process, Innovation and Energy, Toronto Water
  • Jason Gehring, Director of Infrastructure Engineering, Tarrant Regional Water District
  • Susan Teefy, Water Treatment Superintendent, East Bay Municipal District

Closing Remarks