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VillageWater Began As A Dream:
To purify drinking water for the 1 billion people without it
In 2005, Water Of Life® began with the dream to extend safe-drinking-water access to everyone. Over the past several years, we’ve made significant progress towards our goal with the development of UVX™ — our breakthrough, water-purification technology. UVX™ is a major milestone for our goal because it is amazingly (A) effective, (B) portable and (C) energy efficient. We believe UVX's technical superiority enables us to reach the billion people who live without safe water.
In 2005, Steve Yencho, Ph.D. founded Water Of Life, LLC.
Dr. Yencho holds (I) a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois, (II) an M.S. degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Stanford University and (III) a Ph.D. in Material Science & Engineering from Stanford University. In addition, Dr. Yencho was the Hewlett-Packard Fellow in the Precision Machinery Engineering Ph.D. program at the University of Tokyo. His work experience includes several technical and managerial positions with Hewlett-Packard Laboratories, Caterpillar Tractor Company and the Institute of Defense Analyses.
Prior to starting Water Of Life, Dr. Yencho founded Cardica, Inc. (NASDAQ:CRDC) — the world leader of implanted surgical connectors for coronary artery bypass graft surgeries, and Omeros Medical Systems (NASDAQ:OMER) — a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company. Furthermore, Dr. Yencho was the Assistant Director of Stanford's Rapid Prototyping Laboratory.
Walt recently retired as the Vice President of Development at CityTeam Ministries, an urban ministry serving the poor and homeless of San Jose, San Francisco and Oakland CA, Portland OR, and Philadelphia, PA. Walt has been highly successful in technical management as well in regional, national and international positions with top ranked companies including IBM and General Electric. His accomplishments include work in start-up, turnaround and rapid growth situations.
Walt graduated from California State Polytechnic University cum laude with a B.S. in Electronic Engineering. Walt and his wife Kip have enjoyed Walt’s boating addiction over the years with many varied adventures including a 2008 transit of the Northwest Passage: the first unassisted recreational powerboat to ever do it. They have two married sons (Randy and Scott) and six grandchildren.