Amy Childress is a professor of environmental engineering at USC and director of the ReWater Center. Her research interests include potable water reuse and desalination. She holds a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UCLA.
Her research team investigates innovative solutions to contaminant and energy challenges; conceptual analyses of innovative configurations of shared/integrated water facilities; colloidal and interfacial aspects of membrane processes; and brine reduction and energy recovery. Amy serves on advisory panels for potable reuse and seawater desalination projects in California, Singapore, and elsewhere. She is an editor of the Desalination journal and a past Fulbright US scholar. To sum up her area of focus for regular people: Amy’s research addresses the global challenge of fresh water scarcity.
Amy lives in Hermosa Beach with her husband and two daughters.