Manish Kumar received his bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology in Trichy, India in 1998. He received his masters degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC) in 2000. He then worked as a an engineer with NCS, Inc in Phoenix for a year and a half on arsenic treatment and membrane water and wastewater treatment projects. He moved to the Applied Research Department of MWH in 2001 and worked there for 5.5 years on various applied research projects including a range of membrane technologies – microfiltration/ultrafiltration, membrane bioreactors, reverse osmosis (for brackish surface and groundwater, reclaimed water and seawater), and forward osmosis. He also worked on demonstration testing of UV disinfection and Membrane Bioreactors for Water Reclamation and was involved in the City of San Diego Indirect Potable Reuse Study. He returned to UIUC in 2006 to continue his graduate studies. His PhD conducted under the guidance of Dr. Mark Clark and Dr. Julie Zilles resulted in one of the first reports on biomimetic membranes for desalination. He then joined the Walz Laboratory at the Harvard Medical School in Boston as a postdoc to look at structure and function of the eye lens Aquaporin (AQP0) in lipids and block copolymers. He started at Penn State as an Assistant Professor on August 1st, 2011, received tenure in 2017 and moved to UT Austin in 2019.