Yuliana Porras-Mendoza is the Water Treatment Research Coordinator for the Research and Development Office with United States Bureau of Reclamation. After nineteen years with Reclamation, she is one of the Chemical Engineering experts in water treatment whose work expands from membrane development, testing of advanced water treatment technologies, to technology transfer. She holds a US Patent in the area of new membrane chemistries titled “Chlorine resistant amides, polyamides, and membranes made from the same” (US 9056284 B2, granted 6/16/2015). Ms. Porras-Mendoza’s current role is to develop the advanced water treatment strategy for the Research and Development Office within Reclamation and to manage and administer the Desalination and Water Purification Research (DWPR) Program. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and a Master of Science in Environmental Science and Engineering from Colorado School of Mines, as well as a Master of Science in Technology Commercialization from McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas, Austin.
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.