M. Kevin Price currently the Senior S&T Advisor for the Middle East Desalination Research Center. He started his career with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation in 1982 as a researcher studying the world’s largest membrane desalination facility in AZ, later managing water treatment engineering and research, and retiring as the coordinator of the Advanced Water Treatment Research Program. He has been a strong advocate for research and innovation including service on the boards of AMTA and the IDA, on the WateReuse Research Foundation’s Research Advisory Committee, on NWRI’s Research Advisory Board, on the steering committee for the WHO Guidance Document on Desalination for a Safe Water Supply, and working with European, Middle Eastern, North African, and Asian countries. He was one of the two primary authors of the Desalination and Water Purification Technology Roadmap and was responsible for the design, construction, O&M, R&D, and policy for the Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility in NM. He graduated from the College of Idaho with a BS in Zoology, from Columbia University with an MS in Chemical Engineering, and from the University of Denver with an MBA in Finance.
Finalists will attend a demonstration event in June 2022 to compete for the Final Prize at the Bureau of Reclamation’s Yuma Desalting Plant. The Demonstration Event Panel will be present for the Finalists’ demonstrations and will provide feedback that will inform the selection of the Winner for the $150,000 award. A pool of $100,000 may be additionally awarded to Finalists who are not named as the Winner. Determination of the Winner and the award of additional prizes rests with solely with Common Pool.