Partnerships - inH2O


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.

  • Water services: To ensure public health and safety, and environmental protection.
  • Energy services: To develop clean and reliable energy and intelligent networks.
  • Broadband services: To promote universal access and connected communities.
  • Transportation services: To improve roads and expand mobility.
  • Smart-home services: To inform consumers and enable controls.


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

Download Mr. Molnar’s Bio

May 12th Hosted by: Wayne State University
Time: 9:00 AM – 10:10 AM

Location: McGregor Memorial Conference Center
495 Gilmour Mall
Detroit, MI 48202
Campus Map – Directions to Campus – More Information

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

Dr. Katherine F. Turnbull

Download Dr. Turnbull’s Bio

April 21st Hosted by: University of Michigan
Time: 9:00 AM – 10:10 AM

Location: Michigan League (second floor)
911 N. University Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Directions – Parking Map

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

Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI)


Download Dr. Wilson’s Bio

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

Electric and Power Research Institute (EPRI)


Download EPRI Executive Summary

Additional Links

Michigan’s Water Strategy
Michigan Infrastructure Commission Report

Fall Colloquium 

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, or phone (517) 353-9863.

Image Credit: “Petoskey Waste Water Treatment Facility” by Charles Dawley, Flickr, 2014. All rights reserved to photographer.