SURE! Program

What is the SURE! Program?

The overarching goal of our research is to find solutions within the water energy nexus to provide sustainable solutions to renewable energy, wastewater recycling and resource recovery. More specifically, the team has worked on algae based wastewater treatment, algae biofuels, conversion of wastewater solids to energy, potable re-use and dairy wastewater treatment. The work focuses on innovative solutions that will lead to technology adoption within the broader context of the water resource recovery and energy sectors.

What is WESTT ?

Since 2006, over 2200 students have been a part of the Water and Energy Sustainability Training Team. Each quarter 50-100 undergraduate students enroll in our Environmental Engineering research class and participate in pilot plant operation, sample collection, sample analysis and data analysis. This team of undergraduates works under the supervision of more seasoned, paid undergraduates and graduate students. WESTT provides the unique opportunity for students to gain leadership and management skills simultaneous to developing a more technical laboratory and field skill set while working to solve some of society's great sustainability challenges.


Help improve the efficiency & sustainability of the water industry


  • Process development
    • Physico-chemical (ozone, AOP with carbon nanotubes)
    • Biological (removal of nutrients, metalloids, toxic substances, anaerobic and fermentation processes)
  • Pilot plant studies and equipment performance comparisons
  • Affordable pre-certification monitoring
  • Life cycle assessments – example:  recycled vs. traditional water
  • Techno-economic analyses of innovative facilities
  • Hands-on preparation of engineers and operators

Past Projects

  • Typically 3-6 simultaneous, multi-year projects
  • $5 million in 5 years from USDOE, CEC, USDA, USEPA, WERF, water districts and companies.


For questions or more information about the SURE! Program, contact Tryg Lundquist (

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