NCET Tech Cafe – Membrane-Based Water Treatment: From the Solar Field to the Battle Field – Apr 19

Sage Hiibel

A recent study suggested that about 66 percent of the world’s population — totaling 4 billion people — lives without sufficient access to fresh water for at least one month of the year.

Let that sink in: A basic unit of life — one that most of us take for granted — often isn’t available to about two-thirds of the world’s population.

But local researchers are working to save lives through new technology, helping to reduce these alarming numbers.

Dr. Sage Hiibel, an Assistant Professor in the Chemical and Materials Engineering Department at the University of Nevada, Reno, is removing contaminants from water through a process called direct contact membrane distillation (DCMD).

The third Wednesday of each month is when NCET invites an expert to offer insights about technology, business or professional development during Tech Café. In April, our featured speaker will:

  • Describe the low-energy process of DCMD;
  • Address the advantages of this technique over other water distillation processes;
  • Talk about the practical application of DCMD as it relates to providing more people with access to potable water.

So join us in The Basement. Go to the historic post office in downtown Reno, then head downstairs. Listen, learn, enter to win raffle prizes — and learn about this life-saving research.

NCET’s Tech Café is open from 2 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19, and the program starts at 3 p.m.

Oh, and by the way: It’s free to attend, no RSVPs are needed, and everyone is welcome.

(Parking is available in The Basement’s lot next to the Truckee River along with lots of nearby street parking and free parking in the Cal Neva parking garage.)

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Videography Courtesy of

Tim Dunn
Tim Dunn Photography

David Siegel
Insight Studio, Inc.