Tim Fairley-Wax is the CEO of Aquora Biosystems, a spinout from the University of Michigan focused on revolutionizing biofilm filtration to drastically reduce cost and improve efficiency of waste treatment. While earning a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UCLA, he worked with the R&D group at L.A. County Sanitation District’s largest wastewater treatment facility to evaluate feasibility of emerging technologies. He then earned an M.S.E. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Michigan and continued as a research area specialist where he is responsible for co-managing two DOE-funded projects with $4.5 million dedicated to developing patented dynamic membrane filtration technology for improved treatment of municipal wastewater, food waste, and sewage sludge and scaling the technology to two pilot installations in partnership with local utilities. He is simultaneously leading the commercialization of this technology through Aquora, focusing efforts on near-term, high growth markets such as dairy manure treatment. In summer 2022, he led Aquora to be one of six national finalists in the CleanTech Open pitch competition.