Dream Job: Using Geometry to Filter Water

Waste filters are not the most exciting product but they are vital to modern life: people rely on clean, flowing water free of garbage. What people may not know is that the geometry of these waste filters is key to catching all the debris, while keeping water flowing freely.

That is where Sumanth Swaminathan came in. With his colleagues at W.L. Gore & Associates, which makes a range of industrial and medical products like Gore-Tex and Glide dental floss, Swaminathan combined geometry and fluid dynamics to improve waste filters.