Our Team

Adam Gushari, CEO

Ph.D., P.E., Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering

Adam leads the Aquavitas team as its CEO. Adam’s drive to understand the prevalence of toxins in wastewater comes from a highly personal story: in his younger years, he lost two close friends to drug overdoses. Working as a civil engineer at the time, the deaths of his friends spurred him to return to school to search for ways that might help others avoid such tragedies.

After meeting Professor Rolf Halden at Arizona State University, Adam joined Halden’s Human Health Observatory team, collecting wastewater samples from hundreds of treatment plants around the world in a quest to learn more about public health. Adam’s zeal for wastewater epidemiology led him to launch AquaVitas in 2019, along with Halden and fellow researcher, Erin Driver.

Initially focused on identifying toxins like narcotics, alcohol, stress hormones, antibiotics and pesticides, Adam and his team pivoted swiftly In MONTH, 2021 with the detection of SARS-CoV19 in the United States.

Skilled in wastewater-based epidemiological analysis, solid phase extraction, mass spectrometry, laboratory management, environmental risk assessment, water, sewer, and storm water infrastructure design, grading and drainage design, retaining wall design, infrastructure plan and profile design.

Rolf Halden, CBDO

Ph.D., P.E., Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering

Rolf is chief business development officer for AquaVitas. 

Rolf has had a lifelong commitment to understanding the intersection between human health and the environment that surrounds us. 

On the precipice of the discovery of COVID-19, Rolf published a book simply titled “Environment.”  In it he explains his raison d’etre: “The boundaries we internalize and observe are imaginary. The do not exist. The concept of self and the surrounding environment is a cherished delusion. The environment is not simply “out there.” We eat it. We breathe it. We drink it. We wear it. We create it. We and the environment are one and the same.” 

COVID, he says, “has reminded us that we have to live in harmony and responsibly with the resources that we have, and everything is at risk.”

Rolf Halden is a leading figure in the ever-emerging science of wastewater surveillance. He is the founding director of the Biodesign Center for Environmental Health Engineering at Arizona State University. He is a professor in ASU’s School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, and a senior sustainability scientist at the Global Institute of Sustainability. Professor Halden’s scientific discoveries and opinions have been covered in documentaries, radio shows, podcasts, and media outlets, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Time, Scientific American, and Forbes. He serves on the Expert Team of the American Chemical Society and has been invited repeatedly to brief decision-makers at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Food and Drug Administration, the National Academies, and members of U.S. Congress on issues pertaining to environmental health and sustainability. He has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed articles, 11 book chapters, 15 patent applications, 160 conference papers, and presented over 110 invited lectures and keynote addresses at national and international scientific symposia. 

Today, Rolf’s Human Health Observatory includes 350 cities and reaches a quarter billion people.

Erin Driver, CTO

Ph.D., Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering, ASU

Erin is AquaVitas’ Chief Technology Officer. Born and raised in southern California, she studied Environmental Systems and Earth Sciences at University of California San Diego. She received a master’s in geology from California State Fullerton.

Erin’s strong interest in “anything and everything water” drew her to the desert. Seriously, she came to Arizona State University where she received a master of science in engineering and a Ph.D. in Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering.

Erin’s earthy interests are eclectic. On the hot end of the spectrum, she studied volcanoes in Hawaii, inventoried geothermal features at Yellowstone National Park, and was a fire technician for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources – ultimately earning a Type I Wildland Fire certification. Desert tortoises and other rare species came under her observation at the U.S. Geological Survey Western Ecological Research Center in Henderson, Nevada.

Erin’s life goal is to visit all 63 national parks.

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