Our Mission: To connect and enrich the Illinois water community
and increase the awareness of the impact and value of water.

Committees Details - Illinois Water Environment Association
Research and Innovation (formerly LIFT) Committee
Research and Innovation Committee (RIC)

The water industry is constantly evolving to address challenges in the most effective and efficient way. Technological innovations play a major part in this process. The goal of the Research and Innovation Committee (RIC) is to introduce IWEA members to promising research and technologies that can help address their needs. Through regular meetings, webinars, utility-university partnerships, and test bed tours, IWEA RIC strives to increase knowledge and implementation of innovative technologies and solutions.

Example Research and Innovation Topics

• Energy Optimization
• Novel Treatment Processes
• Data Science and Decision Support Systems (AI, Digital Twins)
• Energy Neutrality
• Resource Recovery and Optimization
• PFAS and Contaminants of Emerging Concern
• Advanced Equipment Solutions
• Novel Disinfection Methods

Who Should Join This Committee?

RIC relies on the members within all facets of the water resource recovery industry to be a successful organization including:
Individuals interested in new and innovative technologies
Utility Managers
Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators
University Leaders
Primary Contact:
Jane Schipma
Contact Email:
Committees Member Information
Jane Schipma
Svetlana Taylor
Kam Law
(Board Liaison)
Donohue & Associates, Inc.
Bulbul Ahmed
Eider Alvarez Puras
Dominic Brose
Craig Brunner
Donohue & Associates, Inc.
Katie Cassou
Mark Halm
Deuchler Engineering Corp
David Koch
Nina Kshetry
Kuldip Kumar
MWRD of Greater Chicago At Cicero Stickney WTP
Yvonne Lefler
Arun Mande
Mr Lou Storino
MWRD of Greater Chicago General Administration Building
Hanting Wang
Greely and Hansen LLC
Meng Wang
Enspired Solutions
Fenghua Yang