Joan B. Rose holds the Homer Nowlin Chair in Water Research at Michigan State University. She is an international expert in water microbiology, water quality and public health safety. She has published more than 300 manuscripts. She currently leads the Global Water Pathogens Project www.waterpathogens.org. She is the winner of the 2016 Stockholm Water Prize and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. She is a member of the IWA Board of Directors (2016-curent). Dr. Rose earned her Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Arizona, Tucson and masters from the University of Wyoming.