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Eric M.V. Hoek, Ph.D.     

Professor & Industrial Affiliates Program Director
5732-G Boelter Hall
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of California
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1593
Phone: (310) 206-3735      Fax: (310) 206-2222
  Eric M.V. Hoek is a Professor in the UCLA Department Civil & Environmental Engineering. His UCLA research group explores the union of nanomaterials and membrane technologies for water, energy, biomedical and environmental applications. In the past decade, he has co-authored over a hundred scientific articles, book chapters, patents and proceedings papers, is a former Editor of the journal Desalination and recently co-edited The Encyclopedia of Membrane Science & Technology for John Wiley & Sons.

Hoek also enjoys applying his basic research knowledge to practical applications having consulted for a range of private companies, law firms, US federal, state and local agencies, private research foundations, NGOs and foreign national research agencies. Dr. Hoek has served as an advisor on major water reuse and desalination projects in Southern California, and has been involved with the formation of several water technology startup companies including NanoH2O ( and Water Planet Engineering (
Ph.D., Chemical & Environmental Engineering, Yale University (2002)
M.S., Chemical & Environmental Engineering, Yale University (1999)
M.S., Civil & Environmental Engineering, UCLA (1996)
B.S., Civil & Environmental Engineering Penn State University (1995)
 Selected Awards and Honors
 •  2011 ASCE Walter L. Huber Award for Achievements in Civil Engineering Research
Outstanding Paper Award (Keynote Lecture), Materials Research Society Annual Meeting - Symposium V: Materials Science of Water Purification; November 23-26, 2007
“2007 Trendsetter” for pioneering nanocomposite membranes, Public Works Magazine, November 2007
Innovation of the Year (Distinction) for nanocomposite membanes, Global Water Awards 2007 (Global Water Awards 2007)
North American Membrane Society Annual Meeting Outstanding Student Paper Award, 2003/2004/2005
CH2M Hill/AEESP Doctoral Dissertation Award, 2002
Certificate of Merit Award at the 220th ACS National Meeting, 2001
Euromembrane 2000 Conference Fellowship, 2000
NAMS International Travel Fellowship, 2000
ACS Environmental Chemistry Division Graduate Student Award, 1999
Chi Epsilon (CE) National Civil Engineering Honor Society, 1994
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