In January 2015, the IDA Desalination Academy and Heriot-Watt University (HWU) formed a collaboration offering a postgraduate program in MSc degree in Water Technology and Desalination.
HWU, which will award the degree, will offer one or more desalination-focused courses per semester. The IDA Desalination Academy will develop the content and materials for the desalination courses, which will include Membrane Processes; Thermal and Hybrid Processes; Intake, Pre-treatment, Post-treatment and Environmental Issues; and Desalination Economics and Management.
Courses will be offered in an online distance learning format as well as on-site HWU’s state-of-the-art campus in Dubai. HWU has an active online learning program whereby students learn using a range of online resources as well as having an opportunity to connect with their tutors and their peers for weekly tutorials, which take place in a virtual learning environment.
In addition to its Dubai campus, HWU has three campuses in the United Kingdom as well as one in Malaysia. The university enjoys an established reputation for world-class teaching and practical, leading-edge research, and is ranked among the top international universities worldwide.
Frequently Asked Questions
This new degree aims to prepare students to take on leading roles in the development of technologies to provide safe, accessible freshwater from saline groundwater and seawater. Global scarcity of fresh water places an ever increasing demand on desalination and other membrane processes to generate high quality water for industrial and domestic use. This applied programme ensures that students on this programme acquire the necessary skill set to meet the current challenges in the water trade.
This programme is designed for science and engineering graduates as well as practising engineers who wish to gain specialised knowledge on water treatment with emphasis on membrane technology. The courses are offered in collaboration with International Desalination Association of USA (IDA website: http://idadesal.org/academy/). The programme has been specifically designed for Independent Distance Learning, ideal for those who are employed or with other commitments, providing flexible study options that fit around work or family.
- Integrated Water Resource Management (Heriot-Watt)
- Marine Water Discharges (Heriot-Watt)
- Water and Wastewater treatment (Heriot-Watt)
- Water Conservation (Heriot-Watt)
- Thermal and Hybrid Processes (IDA)
- Membrane Processes (IDA)
- Intake, pre-treatment, post-treatment and Environmental Issues (IDA)
- Desalination Economics and Management (IDA)
- Research Projects 1 & 2
Established in 1966, Heriot-Watt is a global university with campuses in the UK, Dubai and Malaysia. It ranks 52nd among top 100 universities in the world under 50 years of existence. Due to high demand of water technologists in the Gulf region, additional teaching support will be provided to students enrolled on this programme on a ‘face to face’ basis in our Dubai campus by the course lecturers. Heriot-Watt University has a strong water engineering group led by Professor Gareth Pender, Head of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Environment.
This specialised MSc programme is suitable for those who are already employed in water industry or would like to train as desalination technologists. The desalination industry has grown by more than 50% in the past five years, recording a high demand for trained workforce. The practical nature of the programme would ensure that students are adequately trained for the desalination industry.
Mr. Leon Awerbuch (Dean, Desalination Academy, IDA)
President and Chief Technology Officer of Leading Edge Technologies Ltd. (LET), Leon Awerbuch has been involved in the desalination industry for more than 35 years. He joined Bechtel Group in 1972 in R&D followed by increased responsibilities for power and water programs as International Bechtel Co. Ltd Vice President and Senior Regional Representative for the Middle East. During his 35-year career with Bechtel, he was in charge of desalination programs involved in R&D, design and engineering as well as EPC of desalination and power projects. As a developer of LET Integrated Upgrading Systems using Nanofiltration membrane softening technology, he was granted numerous patents covering the MED-MSF-RO-NF Integrated Hybrid Technologies. Other patents cover Geothermal Energy and Flue Gas Desulphurization. Mr. Awerbuch was one of the early pioneers in Hybrid Power-Desalination concepts, Desalination Aquifer Storage and Recovery (DASR) and Hybrid MSF-MED. The patented Integrated Hybrid MSF-NF project won the 2007 Global Water Intelligence Award for Innovation. Mr. Awerbuch also won the first prize for Innovation conferred by the Saudi Water and Electricity Forum in 2007. Based on his patents, LET was a first prize winner of Innovative Use / Application of Technology awarded by inaugural H20 Water Awards 2010 celebrating the outstanding achievements of individuals and organizations who contributed to the advancement of the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) region’s water industry.
Dr. Mark Wilf (Desalination Academy, IDA)
Dr. Wilf is recognised as a global expert for membrane applications. He provides expertise to the engineering and scientific community worldwide and participates in professional forums defining future directions for membrane technology and application development. His area of expertise includes reverse osmosis, nanofiltration, ultrafiltration, microfiltration technologies applied in seawater and brackish water desalination, potable water treatment, and industrial and municipal wastewater reclamation. Dr Wilf has been involved in process development, system design, project execution, plant operation and maintenance of large, commercial desalination plants in US, Europe and the Middle East since 1977. Dr Wilf has also been involved in the development of new desalination process and optimization membrane technologies. Some of his inventions have resulted in patent applications and are being used in commercial desalination systems. Dr. Wilf is a regular contributor to professional journals and has written chapters on membrane technology processes and applications to a number of books. He is also co-author and editor of and edited and wrote with other co-authors “The Guidebook to Membrane Desalination Technology” (2006) and “The Guidebook to Membrane Technology for Wastewater Reclamation” (2010).
Mr. Nikolay Voutchkov (Desalination Academy, IDA)
Mr. Voutchkov has over 25 years of experience in the field of desalination and water reuse, and currently works as an independent technical advisor to public utilities implementing large desalination projects in Australia, USA, and the Middle East; and to private companies and investors involved in the development of advanced membrane technologies. He has extensive expertise with all phases of project delivery: from conceptual scoping, pilot testing and feasibility analysis; to front-end and detailed project design; permitting; contractor procurement; project construction and operations oversight/asset management. For over 11 years prior to establishing his project advisory firm, Mr. Voutchkov was a Chief Technology Officer and Corporate Technical Director for Poseidon Resources, a private company involved in the development of the largest seawater desalination projects in the USA. Mr. Voutchkov has published over 30 technical articles and co-authored 10 books on membrane water treatment and desalination, including technology and design guidelines for the American Water Works Association and the Australian Water Association. In recognition of his outstanding efforts in the field of seawater desalination, Mr. Voutchkov has received a number of prestigious awards from the International Desalination Association, the International Water Association, and the American Academy of Environmental Engineers.
Dr. David Paul (Desalination Academy, IDA)
David Paul is the President of David H. Paul, Inc., a high-tech water treatment training and consulting firm. David has over 35 years of experience in advanced water treatment. He has published over 160 technical articles and papers. He has created and administers a 4,000 page, college-accredited correspondence training program, 4-semester on-campus programs and extensive on-line training programs in high-tech water treatment. He has trained over 12,000 water treatment professionals worldwide. He holds a B.S. degree in biology and an M.S. degree in microbiology. His experience includes 2.5 years as an operator, 1 year as a first level supervisor and 8.5 years as the manager of a huge membrane and distillation water treatment plant followed by over 25 years of training and consulting at hundreds of high-tech water treatment systems including brackish water and seawater municipal drinking water RO plants and industrial high-purity systems.
Dr. Corrado Sommariva (Desalination Academy, IDA)
Dr. Sommariva is Managing Director of ILF Consulting Engineers Middle East and the head of the company’s worldwide desalination practice. He has experience in thermal, reverse osmosis and wastewater systems and has served in various roles in all the major desalination developments in the Middle East. Dr. Sommariva joined ILF in 2009 after working nine years with Mott MacDonald where led the desalination and water treatment group as Managing Director of generation Middle East. In his early career, Dr Sommariva worked in Ansaldo Energia and Italimpianti in various roles. Dr. Sommariva, who is currently President of IDA for the term 2011-2013, served as Co-Chairman of the Technical Program for the 2009 IDA World Congress in Dubai and Chairman of IDA’s recently held conference, “Desalination Industry Action for Good,” a landmark event held in Portofino, Italy that focused on desalination and social responsibility. Dr. Sommariva has a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Genoa University and a Diploma in Management from Leicester University. He is an honorary Professor at Genoa and L’Aquila Universities where he holds regular courses on desalination and economics. He has published over 50 papers on desalination leading edge research and economics and published two books on desalination management and economics. He has been President of the European Desalination Society (EDS) and chairman of the World Health Organization’s committee for the establishment of safe drinking water from desalination.
Professor Adebayo Adeloye (Heriot-Watt University)
Dr Bayo Adeloye graduated with BSc (First Class, First Position) degree from the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife), Nigeria in 1977, specialising in irrigation and soil and water engineering. After a stint in consulting practice, he went on to obtain the MSc and PhD degrees at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, specialising in Water Resources engineering and management. In 1987, Dr Adeloye won the prestigious and highly competitive Fellowship of the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, a post-doctoral fellowship tenable at the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London. Dr. Adeloye joined Heriot-Watt University as a lecturer in 1992 and was promoted to a Senior Lecturer in 2004. He is the co-author of “Water Resources Yield”, a postgraduate reference textbook first published in 2005 by Water Resources Publications, Colorado, USA. In addition to being a chartered engineer, and a chartered water and environmental manager, Dr Adeloye is also currently a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Dr. Alan Cuthbertson (Heriot-Watt University)
Dr. Cuthbertson is an Associate Professor at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh Campus. He graduated from University of Glasgow in 1995 with BEng (First Class) in Civil Engineering and again in 2002 with a PhD on “The motion of fine sand particles in turbulent open channel shear flows over porous bed conditions”. He spent two years (1999-2001) as a river and coastal modeller with Jacobs (formerly the Babtie Group). Subsequently he took up a post-doctoral research position in 2001 at the University of Dundee (Dept. Of Civil Engineering) within the Environmental Fluid Mechanics Research Group working in close collaboration with Profs. Peter Davies and Ping Dong. He was appointed as Lecturer within the Sustainable Water Management Research Group at Heriot-Watt University in May 2010. Awarded the 2010 ASCE Karl Emil Hilgard Hydraulic Prize for the paper “Deposition from particle-laden, plane, turbulent, buoyant jets”, published in the ASCE Journal of Hydraulic Engineering. This award recognizes a paper that is judged to be of superior merit in dealing with a problem of flowing water, either in theory or in practice.
Professor Bhaskar Sen Gupta, Programme Coordinator (Heriot-Watt University)
Professor Sen Gupta obtained his MEng degree in Chemical Engineering in 1982 from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and a PhD in Engineering from Jadavpur University, Calcutta in 1989. He worked for ALCAN and British American Tobacco in India before joining Jadavpur University as a Lecturer in 1985. He taught at University of Malaya (1993-1999) and Queen’s University Belfast (2000-2014), before joining Heriot-Watt University. He was a British Council visiting fellow at the University of Oxford from 1996 to 1999. He specialises in subsurface (in-situ) water treatment for iron, manganese and arsenic removal. He has published extensively in research journals on water and soil treatment. He won Asia-water Management Excellence Award in Kuala Lumpur, Energy Globe Award (Vienna), St Andrews Prize for the Environment and IChemE(UK) Outstanding Research Award for his research on arsenic remediation.
The programme is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired an Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng (Hons) or an accredited IEng (Full) BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree. Further details are available at www.jbm.org.uk
This new programme is primarily targeted at those students who hold a minimum 2:2 honours degree or equivalent qualification in a science or engineering subject areas. Some relevant work experience would be helpful.
Professor B. Sen Gupta
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