Dr. Ben Stanford

Senior Director, Water Research and Development

Ben is an internationally-recognized expert in water chemistry, water quality and contaminant research, and has conducted numerous studies across science, engineering and public health protection for water, water reuse and wastewater. As Senior Director of Water Research and Development, he is responsible for sustaining American Water’s efforts as a leader in environmental performance, stewardship, and innovation on behalf of customers. 

He has served as an advisor for the American Water Works Association, WateReuse Research Foundation, the National Science Foundation, World Health Organization, municipalities and other groups on emerging contaminants, water treatment technologies, long-range regulatory compliance and related issues. Prior to joining American Water, Ben served as the director of Applied Research for Hazen and Sawyer where he managed over 70 research grants. He has also served in a research capacity for the Southern Nevada Water Authority, and was a chemistry teacher in North Carolina and for U.S. Peace Corps in Tanzania. He earned his doctorate degree in Environmental Sciences and Engineering at the University of North Carolina and his bachelor’s degree at Warren Wilson College in North Carolina.