Dr. Ian Nettleship is the founder of the Ceramic Filter Project and continues to supervise projects and coordinate its activities. Dr. Nettleship has conducted research and service learning on ceramic water filters for over 15 years.
The Ceramic Filter Project works with not-for-profit organizations that work to establish and support small-scale ceramic filter manufacturing facilities in marginalized communities. Field workers for these organizations provide context and project topics based on their field experience. In particular, the Ceramic Filter Project at Pitt collaborates with Pittsburgh-based Ceramic Water Filter Solutions who have a training facility in Pittsburgh and collaborate with filter factories in Nigeria, Mexico and Nepal.