Scott D. McArthur

WIP Co-director

Scott is a second year student in the Leaders for Global Operations program at MIT, pursuing his MBA at MIT Sloan and MS in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on Energy and the Environment. Prior to MIT, Scott worked for AB InBev brewing beer (which is 93% water) and managing logistics at AB InBev’s Merrimack, NH Brewery. Scott graduated from Tufts University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Chemical and Biological Engineering where he led the Tufts chapter of Engineers Without Borders on water projects in Uganda and El Salvador. Scott originally hails from Colorado, is a qualifier for the 2017 Boston Marathon and loves to travel.


Cindy Noe

WIP Co-director

Cindy is an MBA candidate at MIT Sloan and has a Bachelors of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. Prior to Sloan, Cindy advised US Government agencies as a consultant with Deloitte. She has experience volunteering, researching and living in Latin America and China and is interested in water management and sustainability in developing communities as well as in the U.S. She leads conflict resolution trainings in El Salvador every summer, is an involved board member of Bridges to Independence, and advises a water venture in Bangladesh as part of Sloan Entrepreneurs for International Development. Cindy enjoys hiking, running, singing in the MIT Women’s Chorale, and attending music festivals and the Indy 500 with her husband Doug.


Mariya Layurova

Marketing Chair & Founding Member

Mariya is a junior pursuing her Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineering at MIT. Besides being a part of WIP organizing team, Mariya is also an International Student Association mentor, member of MIT Art Club and Kazakh Student Association. She greatly appreciates the arts of drawing, photography, and dancing. After spending three years in Boise, Idaho Mariya has grown to enjoy hiking, mountain biking, and rock-climbing.


Pandwe Gibson

Team Member

Dr. Pandwe Gibson is making going green cool, practical and profitable. After founding and scaling a network of highly successful schools, she dove into the business world where she started, led and scaled over 20 successful companies.  Through EcoTech Visions, she is guiding entrepreneurs to grow green manufacturing in Miami. Dr. Gibson has a Bachelor of Arts from Scripps College, a Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning from Claremont Graduate University, a Master in Leadership from Harvard Graduate School, MBA from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and a PhD from Claremont Graduate University.  She has lived, studied, taught and worked internationally at notable universities such as the University of Logon in Accra Ghana, and Oxford University in Oxford England.


Preston Kutney

Team Engagement Chair

Preston is a 1st year MBA candidate at the MIT Sloan School of
business and the Team Engagement Chair for the MIT Water Innovation Prize. He grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia and studied civil engineering at BYU before working for 3 years in the water resources group at the engineering consultancy AECOM. At AECOM, he designed water infrastructure, built flood models, and evaluated the environmental impacts of transportation projects. He is attending Sloan to better understand the business drivers of water and
environmental issues and to work on developing sustainable solutions.


Maddie Wasser

Team Member

Maddie Wasser is a second year MBA student at MIT Sloan focusing on Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Prior to Sloan, she worked at DigitasLBi, an advertising agency in New York, doing digital media planning and buying. Maddie completed her undergrad at Brown University and studied History. At Sloan, she is co-president of the Happy Belly Club and the Marketing Lead for the MIT $100K Competition. In her free time, she loves to travel, find new restaurants and learn new facts. 


Judy Yang

Development Workshop Chair

Judy Yang is currently a PhD student working with Prof. Heidi Nepf in the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at MIT. She studies the impact of aquatic vegetation on the sediment transport to help protect coastal areas from erosion.  Apart from science, Judy is interested in communicating environmental science to the public. She started the TREES club ( creates online videos to provide reliable information about environmental issues that impact society. Since then, she has served as the video producer for several science videos.  Judy also enjoys doing all kinds of exercise, including HIIT, Zumba, BollyX, cycling, boot camp and body sculpt.