Our Passion is Our Vision

Efficient use of the world’s scarce water resources is the critical issue of our time. It is our passionate belief that innovative design and engineering will turn the tide from water scarcity to universal sufficiency. EFD is on a mission to revolutionize access to freshwater globally and end environmental damage to our oceans.

Robbi S. Magnuson


Robbi Magnuson joined EFD as President in 2014 and was also elected to the EFD Corp. Board of Directors in 2014.

Since 2005, Magnuson has served as counsel for the Magnuson Law Firm and more recently served as counsel for Magnuson Hotels, the world’s largest independent hotel group, representing 2000 independent hotel properties and resorts across North America and the UK.

From 1995 to 2004, Magnuson was an attorney at the law firm of Witherspoon, Kelley, Davenport and Toole, P.S., the oldest law firm in the State of Washington. Her practice there focused on commercial litigation, corporate law and defense of medical malpractice actions. She became a partner of the firm in 2002.

Magnuson has a law degree from George Washington University and a B.S. degree in finance and economics from the University of Idaho.

Shahram Shafie

Vice-president and Chief Sustainability and Product Development Officer

Shafie has worked in design, engineering and innovation divisions of different industries in past 20 years which includes oil and gas, polymer, new technology and sustainability. Particularly, from 2008 Shafie has been involved in green chemistry, sustainability and circular economy technologies and products.

Shafie has degrees in Chemical Engineering and Computer Science as well as additional graduate studies at Kansas State Universities. He has more than 40 national and international technical refereed journal articles and presentations and is credited with several U.S., European and International patents.

Mike Lord


Mike Lord founded EFD in 2014 to commercialize the technology embodied in the company’s US Patent 8496787 B2 “Method and apparatus for effluent free sea water desalination”. This patent holds the promise of producing abundant low-cost drinking water without the environmental damage caused by brine discharge.

Lord has a background working in the engineering industry for companies such as Hewlett Packard, Fairchild Semiconductor, Notifier Corporation and others. Since 1970 he has worked in the areas of design, engineering and physics. Lord’s first patent US 3919528 A was applied for in 1972 and issued in 1974, titled “Method and apparatus for operating authorization control systems”.

Lord has a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Nebraska.

Tim Cowart


Tim Cowart has twenty years of experience in corporate finance working for both start-ups and public companies within the U.S. and abroad.

Tim has provided financial and strategic advice to small and large organizations within the alternative energy, medical device, wireless, manufacturing, aerospace, online services, venture capital, public finance, and satellite telecommunications industries.

Tim holds an MBA from University of Southern California and graduated with honors with a BS in Finance & Accounting from Menlo College.