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Water Lead
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

As lead scientist for the Nevada System of Higher Education’s Solar Energy-Water-Environment Nexus project, Dr. Jaci Batista is overseeing a project that could change the way solar plants are built.

Batista’s research involves technology development for water and wastewater systems using both physic-chemical and biological methods. Batista has participated in multidisciplinary collaborations with microbiologist, geochemists, hydrologists, chemists, metallurgists, and engineers on research for a variety of environmental issues of international and national significance.

She is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Water Works Association, Water Environmental Federation, American Chemical Society, American Society of Microbiology, Nevada Water Environmental Association, Association of Environmental and Science and Engineering Professors and is a registered professional engineer and a sought-after environmental engineering consultant to the water industry of California, Nevada and Arizona.

Batista is a professor of Environmental Engineering and The Southwest Gas Professor of Renewable Energy. She earned her Ph.D. in environmental engineering from The Pennsylvania State University and has been a member of the UNLV Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Construction since 1997.

Funding for her research has come from industry, federal, state, and local agencies, including U.S.; Environmental Protection Agency, American Water Works Association Research Foundation, National Science Foundation, Nevada Division of Environment Protection, City of Las Vegas, Clark County Sanitation District, Clark County Health Department, Clark County Flood Control District, Las Vegas Valley Water District, and water utilities in California, Arizona, and Nevada.