Mike Dixon, Ph.D

Mike became a WaterSMART Special Advisor in 2018 after having worked previously at WaterSMART as Director of Engineering and Projects. His international experience focuses on water reuse, desalination, water treatment, and algae management and includes time spent in Australia, North America, the Middle East, the Caribbean and Asia.

Mike has held senior level positions at many prominent organizations, including his current role as Chief Technical Officer at WaterNEXT. He also worked with the South Australian Water Corporation during the worst drought in recorded history, where his focus was the removal of algal toxins. He went on to hold the position of R&D Engineer on the Adelaide Desalination Plant, creating and leading collaborative projects for world-class research into desalination. 

Mike also worked for NanoH2O Inc., a start-up membrane supply company in Los Angeles, leveraging nanotechnology research undertaken at the University of California Los Angeles. There, Mike led a taskforce team to support manufacturing through applications engineering via internal testing, validation studies, and field performance assessment. Mike also supported the Sales Team by seeking new applications, preparing technical quotes, and projecting membrane performance for customers in more than 40 countries. In 2014 NanoH2O Inc. was acquired by LG for $203M.
Mike has been recognized with several prestigious awards including the Australian Water Association (SA Branch) Young Water Professional of the Year. He also received an International Desalination Association (IDA) Fellowship where he worked with the Kuwait Government to review best practice for water treatment operations.

Mike has more than 60 publications in international journals, conferences, and books and has been a reviewer for Water Research, Journal of Membrane Science, and Desalination. He has also been an Editor for the International Desalination Association Journal.

Mike is passionate about new and diversified technologies, sharing knowledge, and contributing to the advancement of the water industry. This commitment is exemplified through his volunteering which includes holding the positions of Co-Chair of the International Desalination Association (IDA) Young Leader Program Committee, Chair of the Early Career Researcher’s Membrane Symposium, and National President of the Australian Water Association’s Young Water Professionals. Mike is currently Secretary of the International Desalination Association and Co-Chair of the Technical Program Committee.

Mike has a Bachelor of Science (Honors) and Bachelor of Technology (Forensic and Analytical Chemistry) from Flinders University in Australia, and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Adelaide.

Along with the career opportunity at WaterSMART, Mike chose Alberta for its lifetime of mountain adventures, where the grand snowfields, frozen waterfalls, and flowing rivers are both amazingly accessible and immeasurably beautiful.