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.