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Key Personnel

WATEK's team has over 60 years of combined project experience in all aspects of water and wastewater engineering, design, construction, startup and training services. In addition, we have established an excellent history of strong partnerships and outstanding performance with several engineering firms, who provide the necessary support needed for any size project. 

Ben Movahed
Melissa Lin
Project Designer

Our president is one of the most respected engineers in the membrane industry with extensive hands-on experience with various types of membrane technologies. He has over 30 years of engineering experience in study, evaluation, design and construction services for water facility projects. For the past two decades, Ben has been involved in over 50 advanced treatment technology projects, including Reverse Osmosis, Nanofiltration, Electro-Dialysis Reversal (EDR), Microfiltration, Membrane Bio-Reactor (MBR), Ultrafiltration and Ion Exchange treatment. He was the leading author of the Ten State Standard Policies for Microfiltration-Ultrafiltration (MF/UF) and Nanofiltration-Reverse Osmosis (NF/RO) and has been in direct communication with EPA staff, as well as MDE, through his activities as the chair of AMTA Government Affairs and Publication Committee.  Ben has been involved in some of the world’s largest membrane and desalination plants ranging up to 130 MGD in capacity.

Education: MS / Environmental Engineering, University of Maryland, USA, 1986

                  BS / Civil Engineering, University of Houston, USA, 1982


Registrations: Registered Professional Engineer in several states in the United States

                       Board Certified Environmental Engineer by the Academy of Environmental Engineers


Awards and Publications / Presentations:

Mr. Movahed has received 10 awards from various national organizations, such as American Water Works Associations, American Desalination Association, and American Membrane Technology Association. He has published and presented over 80 papers at various conferences and in national journals. He has co-authored and edited books and continues to teach membrane related short courses to Johns Hopkins graduate students as well as Engineers, Regulators and Water Management Professionals.


Professional Affiliations:

  • Member of the Board of Directors, American Membrane Technology Association (AMTA), (2000 - present); Also, Program Committee, Poster Chair, and Publication Chair

  • President of the American Membrane Technology Association (AMTA), (2002-2004)

  • Member of the Board of Directors, American Desalting Association (ADA), 1998-2000

  • Chair of the Water Quality Committee, American Water Works Association, Chesapeake Section, 1997 to 2000

  • Publication Committee, International Desalination Association (IDA)

Zoreh Movahed
Senior Engineer
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