Devin L. Shaffer

Principal Investigator


Dr. Shaffer is a researcher and engineer with a focus on water treatment. He studies materials and systems for water treatment with the aim of creating new and resilient water supplies through desalination technologies and reuse strategies. Currently, Dr. Shaffer investigates controlling membrane structure to improve desalination performance.  He employs novel characterization techniques like neutron radiography and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy to gain insight into structure-property relationships that influence membrane performance.


2018 - present

Assistant Professor

Civil and Environmental Engineering

University of Houston

2016 - 2017

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Materials Science and Engineering

National Institute of Standards and Technology

2011 - 2016

Graduate Research Assistant

Chemical and Environmental Engineering

Yale University

2003 - 2011

Professional Engineer

Carollo Engineers, Inc.

Phoenix, Arizona


Ph.D., 2016

Chemical and Environmental Engineering

Yale University

M.Eng., 2003

Environmental Engineering

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

B.S., 2002

Civil Engineering

Oklahoma State University