MS Thesis Defense


Marissa Shepherd
M.S. Student in Water Resources Science

December 1, 2017



As research emerges in response to the world’s water crisis, many companies need assistance bringing experimental technology from research and development into practice.  Such assistance could come in the form of a collaborative organization.  In Minnesota, representatives from public, private, and third-party organizations provided feedback on the need for such a collaborative organization regionally.  Representatives were given a series of five collaborative business models and asked which aspects of each model would be helpful to their organization’s needs.  Feedback indicated a need for a network that could be used to ask questions, share ideas, and provide support in the transition from research and development to implementation and manufacturing.  Secondary needs included financial assistance for navigating this transition.  Successful implementation of a collaborative organization in Minnesota would mean faster transition of experimental technologies into practice, helping communities conserve water and improve water quality.