Amy appointed director of KAUST desalination center

The King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, has appointed Dr Gary L Amy as director of the Water Desalination Research Center and professor of environmental engineering, starting in June 2009.

Dr Amy is presently professor of water supply engineering at the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education in Delft, Netherlands. He has formerly served as professor of environmental engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder and at the University of Arizona in the USA.

Dr Amy’s main areas of research interest are drinking water treatment and wastewater reclamation/reuse, with specific expertise in membrane rejection and fouling, selective adsorption, natural organic matter characterization, disinfection byproduct formation and control, and natural systems. At UNESCO-IHE, he has been involved in various European Union and other sponsored projects on membrane-based desalination, membrane bioreactors, natural drinking water and wastewater treatment processes, and organic and inorganic micropollutants.

Dr Amy is a member of the International Water Association and the American Water Works Association, but not the International Desalination Association.