The Water Equipment & Policy (WEP) Center operates under the auspices of the National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) Program, and resides on the seventh floor of the Global Water Center. Located in Milwaukee, the crossroads of Wisconsin’s water hub, WEP serves as a catalyst for synergizing the region’s assets to create the next generation of products and processes and advance the water industry. WEP is a collaborative non-profit organization of research universities and members including corporations and government agencies whose annual membership fees fund pre-competitive research in four areas important to the water industry: materials, sensors and devices, systems and policy.
WEP’s industry members direct world renowned university scientists and their teams of graduate students and postdocs to pursue promising research that address their most important business challenges. Industry members benefit from royalty-free access to the intellectual property resulting from scientific discovery and licensing of breakthrough technologies that drive innovation and competitive advantage. They also work closely with the brightest student researchers who are prime candidates for future employment.
Certain levels of membership to The Water Council include membership to the WEP Center.