Marcia Silva

  • Director, Water Technology Accelerator (WaTA), Global Water Center
  • Associate Scientist

Marcia Silva, Ph.D., MBA, is an Associate Scientist and Director for the UWM Water Technology Accelerator (WaTA), located at the Global Water Center.

She earned both her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has more than 20 years of industrial and academic experience, has authored several journal papers and book chapters, and has presented her work at national and international conferences. After earning her doctorate in environmental engineering from the College of Engineering & Applied Science in 2013, Silva took on the huge task of creating the water research facility associated with the rise of the Global Water Center in Milwaukee. In 2017, she received the UWM Graduate of the Last Decade Award as a recognition for being instrumental in the success of the research arm for the Global Water Center and has impacted the research reputations of UWM’s School of Freshwater Sciences and College of Engineering & Applied Science. Her lab received national recognition for the development of a multipurpose water sensor with a local startup, reaching the top 10 finalists of NASA iTech Competition. Silva has multiple patent/patent applications and three licensing agreements with national and international companies out of the technologies developed in her lab.

For the past seven years she has been working collaboratively with industry, startups, Water Council and government organizations in the freshwater space, focusing mainly on development of novel water sensors and novel filtration media for water purification. Marcia serves as an adjunct faculty member at the UW-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, and Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences and is an active member of the Milwaukee Water Hub. She has mentored over 90 students to date, including post docs, graduate students, undergraduate students and high school students considering science as a career.