Lisa Henthorne, P.E., serves as Chief Scientist for Aris Water where she supports the company’s beneficial produced water reuse program and works to gain more value from produced water and its potential for fresh water, carbon storage and minerals recovery. She was previously Chief Technology Officer at Water Standard. She has served as the President of the Produced Water Society, as well as President of the International Desalination Association, where she served on the board for 18 years. Henthorne is also the current Chair of the Board of Directors of H2O Innovation and is a member of the NAWI Research Advisory Council.
Starting her career in oil and gas production, Henthorne focused on waterflooding and produced water treatment. Henthorne spent the 13 subsequent years at the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, where she eventually led their desalination research programs. During this time, she was seconded by the U.S. State Department to serve as the initial Research Director of the Middle East Desalination Center in Muscat, Oman. Subsequently, she lived and worked internationally, developing seawater desalination and large water infrastructure projects in the Middle East, Asia, and Australia.
Lisa holds a Master of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Colorado School of Mines and a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Missouri State University, Summa Cum Laude. She holds multiple U.S. and international patents in water treatment.