Become a Volunteer

As part of WE&RF’s research process, we periodically seek members for Exploratory Teams and Issue Area Teams. These volunteers are responsible for research plan development, technical oversight, and peer review of high-priority research challenges identified by subscribers. Serving as an expert volunteer is a good opportunity for individuals with expertise in a specific area to get involved in WE&RF research.

Potential team members should have first-hand knowledge and experience in developing water quality research plans and in providing technical guidance and oversight to researchers. Members should also have a willingness and desire to collaborate with other professionals who truly care about water quality.

How to Get Involved


Scott G. Hutchins
Scott Hutchins works in the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, where he serves as the Advanced Manufacturing Office stakeholder engagement manager for the energy-water nexus, integrating activities and efforts in Research & Development with Technical Assistance. He is responsible for collaborating and coordinating activities with key external stakeholders, federal agencies, state and local governments and their respective national organizations, municipal water and wastewater utilities, industry, trade associations, laboratories, think tanks, universities, foundations, and other institutions and organizations.

Scott Hutchins holds a Bachelor's degree in Community Development and a Master's degree in Resource Economics from the University of New Hampshire.

Per Henrik Nielsen
Per Henrik Nielsen is the Senior Project Manager and Strategic Positioning Coordinator with VCS Denmark where he focuses on the development of optimization of infrastructure and waste water treatment plants in VCS Denmark. His work is aimed at turning major treatment facilities into energy producing units and to prepare VCS Denmark for the wastewater treatment of the future.

Per Henrik Nielsen holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Civil and Structural Engineering from the University of Southern Denmark (Odense Teknikum).

Andrew D. Sawyers, Ph.D.
Andrew D. Sawyers is the Director of the Office of Wastewater Management at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C., where he oversees the management of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), the Clean Water Act’s mechanism for the permitting of municipal and industrial discharge into surface waters of the U.S.

Dr. Sawyers holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Physical Planning and Environmental Design from the University of Technology, Jamaica, a Masters in City and Regional Planning from Morgan State University, and a Ph.D. in Geography and Environmental Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.

John Willis, P.E., BCEE
John L. Willis, Vice President at Brown and Caldwell, has 25 years of professional experience passionately attacking inefficiency and waste and developing innovative solutions for municipal utilities. He approaches treatment, biosolids, and energy-use challenges with leadership, communication, holistic vision, and creativity.

John Willis holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Duke University, a Master’s of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from Duke University, and is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Queensland.