Faculty Director, Sustainable LA Grand Challenge
Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Tel: (310) 794-7124
Eric Hoek is faculty director of the UCLA Sustainable LA Grand Challenge and a professor in UCLA’s department of civil and environmental engineering, California NanoSystems Institute and Institute of the Environment and Sustainability.
Dr. Hoek is one of the original founders of the Sustainable LA Grand Challenge. As faculty director, Dr. Hoek provides vision and leadership to the staff team, and grows partnerships with faculty and stakeholders from the government, academic, business, philanthropic and nonprofit sectors.
Dr. Hoek’s academic research explores the formation and application of membrane technologies for production of clean water and energy, and protection of human health and the environment – all key elements of a more sustainable future. His vision for the wastewater treatment plan of the future – one that transforms waste into energy, fertilizer and clean water – was one of the first research projects envisioned and funded by the Sustainable LA Grand Challenge.
Dr. Hoek joined the faculty of UC Riverside in 2002. In 2004, he came to UCLA, climbing the ranks from assistant professor to full professor. In 2014, he took leave to serve as CEO of Water Planet, which was an award-winning water technology company established around Dr. Hoek’s innovative technologies that led to the creation of three spinoff companies. In 2018, he returned to UCLA full-time to resume his role as an engineering professor. Dr. Hoek has more than 130 peer-reviewed scientific publications and more than 70 patents filed globally. He is the editor-in-chief of the journal npj Clean Water, which is published by Nature. He holds a doctorate in chemical and environmental engineering from Yale University, a master’s in science in civil and environmental engineering from UCLA, and a bachelor’s of science in civil and environmental engineering from Penn State. He has completed UCLA Anderson’s Executive Management and Director Education and Certification Programs.