American Water Joins Princeton University E-ffiliates, Strengthens Research at Energy-Water Nexus

CAMDEN, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–American Water (NYSE:AWK), the largest publicly traded U.S. water and
wastewater utility company, announced today that they have joined
Princeton E-ffiliates Partnership (E-ffiliates), expanding the program’s
reach into the water sector and building upon the Andlinger Center’s
research capabilities at the nexus of energy and water.

The Camden-based company serves more than 14 million people in 45 states
and Ontario, Canada. American Water joins six other company members,
primarily in the energy sector, including ExxonMobil, PSEG, Siemens, and
NRG.

E-ffiliates is a membership-based program administered by Princeton’s
Andlinger Center that engages corporations to find innovative solutions
in energy and the environment. The partnership with American Water
reflects the Andlinger Center’s strategic plan to strengthen expertise
and research focused on energy and water processes.

The announcement follows the addition of Jason
Ren
to the center’s faculty, who specializes in resource recovery
during wastewater treatment with his Water
and Energy Technologies (WET)
lab.

The move is part of an effort by American Water to tap into the region’s
strong academic landscape to accelerate technological advancement at the
company.

“American Water’s Technology & Innovation group is thrilled for our
company to become a member of Princeton University’s E-ffiliates
program. 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
Mark S. Smith, chief digital technology enablement officer.

Beyond the Andlinger Center, the company plans to work with faculty and
students at more broadly in the School of Engineering and Applied
Science and at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International
Affairs.

Through the partnership, American Water also aims 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, N.J.,” said Smith.

“This partnership lends an industry perspective to water resources
research, and fortifies the Andlinger Center’s commitment to moving
toward a circular economy and a time when all citizens receive both
clean water and energy throughout the world,” said Yueh-Lin (Lynn) Loo,
director of the Andlinger Center.

The E-ffiliates program has resulted in 34 research collaborations, and
contributed over $7.9 million in research funds since 2013.

About American Water

With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and
most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater
utility company. The company employs more than 7,100 dedicated
professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water,
wastewater and other related services to an estimated 14 million people
in 45 states and Ontario, Canada. American Water provides safe, clean,
affordable and reliable water services to our customers to make sure we
keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit amwater.com
and follow American Water on Twitter,
Facebook
and LinkedIn.

About Princeton University’s Andlinger Center

The mission of the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment is to
develop solutions to ensure our energy and environmental future. To this
end, the center supports a vibrant and expanding program of research and
teaching in the areas of sustainable energy-technology development,
energy efficiency, and environmental protection and remediation. A chief
goal of the center is to translate fundamental knowledge into practical
solutions that enable sustainable energy production and the protection
of the environment and global climate from energy-related anthropogenic
change. The center was founded in July 2008 and began its operations in
the fall of 2010. A stunning complex of research, teaching, and garden
spaces to house the center was completed in 2016. Since it began
operations, the center has grown rapidly, with eight faculty hired,
high-risk/high-payoff research catalyzed, partnerships with industry
forged, and unique educational programs launched. You can follow the
work of the center on its website,
Twitter
account, and Facebook
page.

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Contacts

Lauren Slepian
Manager, Corporate Communications
(856) 325-9482
Lauren.Slepian@amwater.com

Molly A. Seltzer
Communications Specialist
609-258-7177
mollyaseltzer@princeton.edu