Tom Pankratz is the Houston, Texas-based editor of the weekly Water Desalination Report and an independent consultant. He is a former vice president for CH2M Hill, and was also the director of corporate projects for USFilter/Veolia. For the past 12 years, he has organized and moderated Global Water Intelligence’s Technology Idol event, which showcases early-stage desalination technologies. He has also been a judge for the Sheik Zayed Sustainability Prize for Water, the Middle East Desalination Research Center Desalination Research Challenge, and multiple US Department of Energy Water Grand Challenge technology competitions.
The Evaluation Panel members have been carefully chosen for their knowledge and experience. Each member scores and comments on the submissions assigned to them. Each valid submission will receive five sets of reviews that have been statistically normalized. Informed by the resulting ranking of submissions with consideration to diversity of solutions, up to five Finalists will be named.