Amy Childress, Ph. D.
Professor and Director of the Environmental Engineering
University of Southern California (Los Angeles, California)
Amy Childress has more than 20 years of experience researching membrane processes for water treatment, wastewater reclamation and desalination. Most recently, she investigated membrane contactor processes for innovative solutions to contaminant and energy challenges, pressure-driven membrane processes as industry standards for desalination and water reuse, membrane bioreactor technology, and colloidal and interfacial aspects of membrane processes. Childress has directed research funded by federal, state and private agencies. Current research projects are funded by the EPA, Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program, and California Department of Water Resources. Childress has received several awards, including the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors Outstanding Publication Award and a National Science Foundation CAREER Award. She has served as President of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors and as an editorial board member for several journals. Childress received a Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles.