Ryan Gustafson


Ph.D. Candidate
Hometown: Burbank, CA

Research interests: Ryan is currently investigating waste-heat utilization with DCMD and will continue to investigate DCMD and other membrane technologies in the context of energy efficiency and water reuse during his graduate studies.

M.S. Electrical Engineering, University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA) (May 2017)
B.S. Environmental Resources Engineering, Humboldt State University (Humboldt, CA) (December 2013)

Honors & Awards:
2016 – 2018               National Water Research Institute & Southern California Salinity Coalition Fellowship
2014 – 2016               USC Viterbi Graduate School of Engineering Ph.D. Fellowship
2015                           NSF GRFP Honorable Mention
2013                           President’s Travel Award to the National American Membrane Society Conference
2012                           Geoscience Alliance Conference Travel Award
2012                           3rd Place at the ASCE Mid-Pacific Wastewater Treatment Competition
2010                           Humboldt State University Presidential Scholar
.                                  Five-time Dean’s Honors Recipient at Glendale Community College

Peer-reviewed Journal Publications:
R.D. Gustafson, S.R. Hiibel, A.E. Childress, Membrane distillation driven by intermittent and variable-temperature waste heat: System arrangements for water production and heat storage, Desalination, 448 (2018) 49-59.

A.L. McGaughey, R.D. Gustafson, A.E. Childress, Effect of long-term operation on membrane surface characteristics and performance in membrane distillation, Journal of Membrane Science, 543 (2017) 143-150.

R.D. Gustafson, J.R. Murphy, A. Achilli, A Stepwise Model of Direct Contact Membrane Distillation for Application to Large-Scale Systems: Experimental Results and Model Predictions, Desalination, 378 (2016) 14-27.