Principal investigator:

Emily Tow, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Olin College

Emily Tow headshot

 Emily Tow is a mechanical engineer and visual artist. Her engineering research addresses sustainability through the study of transport phenomena at the water–energy–food nexus. Currently, Emily’s research focuses on understanding membrane fouling and improving energy efficiency in water reuse and desalination. She has more than 15 peer-reviewed publications and patents in the fields of heat transfer and water treatment. Emily is also a lighthearted visual artist who works with the experience and outcomes of repetition using various media, including soft sculpture, ceramics, drawing, and mural painting. Prior to joining the Olin faculty in 2019, Emily received her PhD in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and was an ITRI-Rosenfeld Postdoctoral Fellow at Lawrence Berkeley Lab.


Student researchers:

Kei Chua, Olin College
Anna Letcher Hartman, Olin College
Aleksander Jaworowski, Lund University and Olin College

Lab alumni:
Brandon Zhang, Olin College
Shawn Albertson, Olin College
Tommy Weir, Olin College
Franny Wu, Wellesley College
Qq Chua, Wellesley College