The Infrastructure Network for Water, or inH2O, is a URC collaborative project focused on water infrastructure. It is a pilot to a larger interest in developing a national infrastructure network focused on multiple urban infrastructure systems.
Cities of the future will leverage new technologies, infrastructure, design, and planning techniques to create an economically vital and dynamic community. While change can be incremental, currently transformative actions are needed in order to envision and implement a comprehensive and integrated plan for infrastructure modernization.
We held a program series dedicated to looking at how Michigan can create a more effective science-to-practice network around national urban infrastructure. Each workshop in this series included public presentations by leading experts the national energy, manufacturing and transportation networks, and working sessions with 30 Water Fellows. The purpose of each workshop was to learn from other successful networks as the inH2O collaborative team seeks to further activate the urban water network.
Details of Past Workshops
May 12th Hosted by: Wayne State University
Time: 9:00 AM – 10:10 AM
Speaker: Michael F. Molnar, Chief Manufacturing Officer
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), U.S. Department of Commerce & Director, Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office (AMNPO)
Presentation: Manufacturing USA – progress and lessons in establishing Public-Private Partnerships
April 21st Hosted by: University of Michigan
Time: 9:00 AM – 10:10 AM
Speaker: Dr. Katie Turnbull, Executive Associate Director
Presentation Title: From Getting the Farmer Out of the Mud to Self-Driving Cars: Transferring Transportation Research into Practice
March 24th Hosted by: Michigan State University
Time: 10:30am – 11:30am
Location: University Club at Michigan State University
3435 Forest Road
Lansing, MI 48909
Speaker: Dr. Thomas F. Wilson, Senior Technical Executive, Energy & Environmental Analysis
Presentation Title: 45 Years of Science-to-Practice in Electricity: A Perspective from the Electric Power Research Institute
Building on the workshop series, inH2O will reconvene the Water Fellows as part of a fall colloquium. A number of additional participants from federal and state agencies, foundations, and universities will be invited to assist with the group’s objectives – develop a national infrastructure network pilot focused on urban water infrastructure.
For more information, contact Melissa Downs by email email@example.com, or phone (517) 353-9863.
Image Credit: “Petoskey Waste Water Treatment Facility” by Charles Dawley, Flickr, 2014. All rights reserved to photographer.