Val Frenkel, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE., is an eminent figure in the water industry with his expertise in water and wastewater treatment, water reuse, and membrane technologies, including desalination. Equally instrumental was Dr. Frenkel\'s role in the development of low pressure membrane technologies and applications which are used and taught at the university level. Dr.Frenkel\'s works go far beyond his job scope as they are published extensively both in the US and abroad, authoring several patents in the process. He has more than 100 publications including books and national manual of practices by WEF, AWWA and ASCE touching on the areas of water, wastewater treatment, desalination and salinity management. For his works, Dr. Frenkel has received numerous accolades from the likes of the International Desalination Association and American Academy of Environmental Engineering. At the same time, Dr. Frenkel is also a Diplomate, Water Resources Engineer (D.WRE) of the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers (AAWRE), which is part of the Academy of the Civil Engineering Certification, Inc. (CEC).