Natasha C. Wright - PhD Student


Research Interests

Natasha began her research on water treatment in rural India in the fall of 2012. After finding that high groundwater salinity levels were affecting both the safety and aesthetic quality of 60% of India's groundwater sources, her research narrowed to focusing on small-scale off-grid desalination. In April 2015 she led the MIT / Jain Irrigation team that won the USAID Desal Prize. Her current research includes optimization and monitoring of three pilots in India and Gaza and redesigning electrodialysis desalination stacks to reduce capital cost, energy consumption, and pressure losses.

Education

  • Wayzata High School
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of St. Thomas (St. Paul MN, 2012)
  • S.M. Mechanical Engineering, MIT (2014)
  • Honors and Awards

  • Forbes 30 Under 30 in Energy (2016)
  • USAID Desal Prize (2015)