Lingam Pillay is an Associate Professor in the Department of Process Engineering, Stellenbosch University, and holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Natal. His research interests are in membrane technology for potable water production and wastewater treatment and reuse, with a particular focus on technologies suitable for developing economies. Lingam has supervised 38 postgraduate students, has published 28 articles in peer reviewed journals and 21 final reports on contract research projects, has presented over 80 papers at local and international conferences, and is an inventor on 4 patents. His major output has been the development of the Woven Fabric Micro filter (WFMF), a novel micro filtration technology aimed at developing economies. A very promising POU rural water treatment technology has been developed based on this. Other applications being investigated are pool backwash recovery, rainwater harvesting, septic tank harvesting and immersed membrane bioreactors. The technology has received three local and one international awards.