Research Thrusts

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Water Public Health Thrust

Includes Waste Water-Based Epidemiology, emerging contaminants/PFAS, Texas Medical Center testbeds, soldiers

Dr. Michael S. Wong and Dr. Jim Tour

Water–Energy Nexus Thrust

Includes water footprint of an accelerated energy transition, critical elements recovery

Dr. Rafael Verduzco and Dr. Sylvia Dee

Resilient Water Infrastructure Thrust

Includes water meters that sense & disinfect; AI; Network topology optimization; Hydro-climatology

Dr. Qilin Li and Dr. Flavio Cunha


The Rice WaTER Institute is located on the campus of Rice University inside the Lovett Hall Building.

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The best option for visitor parking is available in the Founder’s Court Visitor Lot in front of Cohen House Faculty Club (adjacent to Lovett Hall). To access the lot, enter campus through entrance No. 1 or No. 2 from Main Street; the lot will be located on the left. You will need to provide a credit card to enter the lot.Visitors can expect to pay about $5 per hour for parking with a maximum daily limit of $12. Parking lots only accept credit or debit cards.


Entrance D

Walking towards Lovett, you can enter the courtyard through the sallyport and turn right towards Entrance D. Offices are on the second and third floor and only accessible by stairs. Building Entrance D - take steps up through double wooden doors to the 2nd floor. The first door on the left is the office entrance. Men’s restrooms are located on the first floor and Women’s restrooms are on the 2nd floor. All meetings are by appointment.


Rice University
Rice WaTER Institute
6100 Main Street, MS 7940
Houston, Texas 77005

Phone: 713-348-7940

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Plans to move RWI Offices are set for Summer 2024. The future offices and labs will be located in the Ralph S. O'Connor Building for Engineering and Science.