Interview with Dr. Isabel Escobar

In September 2015 and as part of the NCI’s IWICS, Dr. Jane LeClair hosted Dr. Isabel Escobar. Dr. Escobar is a Professor in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at the University of Toledo, Ohio. Her research focuses on developing and improving polymeric membrane materials for water treatment and water reuse operations.

In 2009, Isabel Escobar was awarded the Northwest Ohio YWCA Milestone Award for Education, The University of Toledo College of Engineering Outstanding Teacher Award, and the Toledo 20 Under 40 Leadership award. Also in 2009, she became the Associate Editor of Environmental Progress and Sustainable Energy Journal, a quarterly publication of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. In 2011, she received the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Separations Division FRI/John G. Kunesh Award. In 2013, she was chosen to become the Editor-In-Chief of the International Desalination Association (IDA) Journal of Desalination & Water Reuse.

Isabel Escobar and her research group have published over 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals, and have made over 100 presentations at national/international conferences. She has edited two books, Sustainable Water for the Future—Water Recycling versus Desalination and Modern Applications in Membrane Science and Technology. Escobar chaired the 2006 American Water Works Association (AWWA) Desalination Symposium Chair, Honolulu, Hawaii in May 2006 and annual meetings.

During the 2014 water crisis in Lake Erie, Isabel Escobar participated in responding to the issues, and made numerous media appearances.

Dr. Escobar holds a Ph.D., an M.S., and a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Central Florida. She was also an EPA STAR Fellow.