Susan Amrose - Research Scientist

Research Interests

I am a Research Scientist interested in developing affordable and scalable water solutions for low resource settings and ultra low energy irrigation solutions for smallholder farmers. I was previously at the Gadgil Lab for Energy and Water Research at the University of California, Berkeley, where I helped develop water treatment technologies. I played an integral role in the development of ECAR technology to remove naturally occurring arsenic from drinking water, a problem affecting millions of people in South Asia. My team was awarded the Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize in Water for ECAR in 2013. In 2014, I co-founded SimpleWater, Inc., a US company to commercialize ECAR technology for small water systems in the US that currently have no affordable arsenic solution. I led a research program to develop recycled materials for low-cost modular roofing for slum housing in India, which is currently being sold in Ahmedabad. At Berkeley, I taught a series of interdisciplinary graduate level courses on designing scalable technologies for low-income regions.


  • BS in Physics with Highest Honors and Philosophy, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2000
  • MS in Physics, University of California, Berkeley, 2003
  • PhD in Physics, University of California, Berkeley, 2008
  • Honors and Awards

  • Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Water Prize, Creativity Prize (with members of the ECAR team), 2013
  • Reed-Elsevier Environmental Challenge, Silver Prize, Reed Elsevier, 2013
  • Empowering People Award, Siemens Stiftung Foundation, 2013
  • Professional Development Award, UC Berkeley, 2010
  • Daniel Cubicciotti Award, The Electrochemical Society, 2008
  • Chancellor’s Outstanding Public Service Award, UC Berkeley Chancellor, 2007
  • People, Planet, and Prosperity (P3) Phase I & II Award, USEPA, 2007
  • Berkeley Energy Symposium award, Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative, 2007
  • Graduate Student Researchers Program (GSRP) fellowship, NASA, 2002
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, University of California, Berkeley, 2001
  • Williams L. Williams Prize, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, 2000
  • Elsa L. Haller Philosophy Prize, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, 1998
  • Publications

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