Mike Dixon joined WaterSMART in June 2015 as Director of Engineering and Projects. His international experience spans water reuse, desalination, water treatment, and algae management working with utilities, research hubs, and start-ups.
Following the completion of a Bachelor of Science (Honors) and Bachelor of Technology (Forensic and Analytical Chemistry) both from Flinders University in Australia, Mike worked in the United Kingdom for big pharma AstraZeneca. Returning to Australia Mike began a seven-year tenure with the South Australian Water Corporation, including work on projects during the worst drought in recorded history, where his focus was the removal of algal toxins. He went on to hold the position of R&D Engineer on the Adelaide Desalination Plant, creating and leading collaborative projects for world-class research into desalination. In 2009 Mike was recognized as the Australian Water Association (SA Branch) Young Water Professional of the Year and in 2011 he was awarded his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Adelaide.
In 2012 Mike moved to California to work for NanoH2O Inc., a start-up membrane supply company in Los Angeles, leveraging nanotechnology research undertaken at the University of California Los Angeles. Mike led a taskforce team to support manufacturing through applications engineering via internal testing, validation studies, and field performance assessment. Mike also supported the Sales Team seeking new applications, preparing technical quotes, and projecting membrane performance for customers in more than 40 countries. In 2014 NanoH2O Inc. was acquired by LG for $203M. In 2012 Mike was awarded the International Desalination Association (IDA) Fellowship, where he worked with the Kuwait Government to review best practice for water treatment operations.
Mike has more than 60 publications in international journals, conferences, and books and has been a reviewer for Water Research, Journal of Membrane Science, and Desalination. He has also been an Editor for the International Desalination Association Journal.
Mike is passionate about new and diversified technologies, sharing knowledge, and contributing to the advancement of the water industry. This commitment is exemplified through his volunteering which includes holding the positions of Co-Chair of the International Desalination Association (IDA) Young Leader Program Committee, Chair of the Early Career Researcher’s Membrane Symposium, and National President of the Australian Water Association’s Young Water Professionals. Mike is currently a member of the IDA Awards Committee.
Along with the career opportunity at WaterSMART, Mike chose Alberta for its lifetime of mountain adventures, where the grand snowfields, frozen waterfalls, and flowing rivers are both amazingly accessible and immeasurably beautiful.