Princeton University’s E-ffiliates Partnership has added American Water to its list of company members, which already includes ExxonMobil, PSEG, Siemens and NRG.
The Camden-based water and wastewater utility announced its participation Friday, which it says marks an expansion for the program into the water industry, including energy and water processes.
“Together, our two organizations will seek opportunities to partner in the identification and implementation of technology innovations that help ensure clean and affordable water for all,” said American Water Chief Digital Technology Enablement Officer Mark Smith in a statement.
For its part, American Water said the move will allow the company to advance its own technologies by engaging in the academic landscape, and position the utility to recruit Princeton University students to work at the company.
“American Water is also excited for the opportunity to leverage Princeton University’s impressive pool of talent and welcome candidates to our new headquarters building in Camden …” Smith said.
American Water also intends to engage outside of the Center, at the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
E-ffiliates is administered by Princeton’s Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment. The program promotes collaboration across industry, policy and academic partners in pursuit of energy needs and environmental solutions.
Founded in 2008, the E-ffiliates program has produced 34 research collaborations and more than $7.9 million in research funds since 2013, American Water said.