Carolyn Nichol

Rice University

Jorge Loyo

Rice University

The Center’s Education Program is rooted in NEWT’s vision to enable access to treated water almost anywhere in the world, by developing transformative and off-grid modular treatment systems empowered by nanotechnology that protect human lives and support sustainable development.


With this vision in mind, the overarching pedagogical goal of NEWT is to establish a multidisciplinary educational program to engage high school teachers, undergraduate and graduate students in courses and research experiences where they design, evaluate, and deploy sustainable solutions to provide access to clean water in all parts of the globe, and, in the process, contribute to the development of a center culture and improve retention of students from underrepresented groups in STEM.


NEWT’s Education Program is led by the Director, Dr. Carolyn Nichol (also Director of the Rice Office of STEM Engagement), the Associate Director, Dr. Jorge Loyo, and the Education Leadership Team (ELT) composed by faculty, staff, and students from the four partner institutions.

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NEWT is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) award #EEC-1449500
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