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Current Graduate Fellows (2018-2020)


 

NWRI-BIOLARGO FELLOWSHIP FOR WATER SCIENCE RESEARCH

The NWRI-BioLargo Fellowship research must pertain to developing and/or enhancing water supplies. The fellowship provides $5,000 per year, for up to two years. Up to four students may be awarded the fellowship.

 


Recipients

 

Katherine Dowdell, University of Michigan

 

Optimizing Filter Backwashing Practices to Reduce Pathogens in Drinking
Water

 

Ms. Dowdell is a first-year doctoral student working under the supervision of Dr. Lutgarde Raskin, Professor of Environmental Engineering. Her research research seeks to identify techniques for decreasing the selection for opportunistic pathogens during water treatment to prevent their proliferation in finished water, distribution systems, and premise plumbing.

 

 

 


Michael Rose, Johns Hopkins University

 

The Iodination Mechanism in Chloraminated Water: A kinetic investigation of the reaction that begins iodinated disinfection byproduct formation

 

Mr. Rose is a doctoral student working under the supervision of Dr. A. Lynn Roberts, Professor of Geography and Environmental Engineering. His research invesitgates iodination reactions under simulated conventional water treatment conditions using bench-scale laboratory experiments and chemical kinetic analysis.

 

 


Megyn Rugh, University of California, Los Angeles

 

Antibiotic Resistance Genes in Stormwater Biofilters: Implications for hotspot identification

 

Ms. Rugh is a first-year doctoral student working under the supervision of Dr. Jennifer A. Jay, Professor of Environmental Engineering. Her research seeks to test the notion that biofilter development can be used to mitigate the dissemination of Antibiotic Resistance Genes (ARGs) in the environment.

 

 

 


Jian-feng Zhou, Georgia Institute of Technology

 

In-pipe Electroporation Disinfection Cell (EDC) Enabling High-efficiency Secondary Disinfection for Drinking Water

 

Mr. Zhou is a first-year doctoral student working under the supervision of Dr. Xing Xie, Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering. His research focuses on environmental nanotechnology, low-voltage electroporation disinfection, and the development of alternative energy sources for reliable water treatment.

 

 

 


 

NWRI-AMTA FELLOWSHIP FOR MEMBRANE TECHNOLOGY

 

The NWRI-AMTA Fellowship research must pertain to the advancement of membrane technology in the water, wastewater, or water reuse industries. The research must also be consistent with AMTA’s vision statement: “Solving water supply and quality issues through the widespread application of membrane technology.” www.amtaorg.com

 

The fellowship is administered jointly by NWRI and AMTA, and provides $10,000 a year for two years to support graduate student research that pertains to NWRI's objectives to improve water quality, protect public health and the environment, and create safe, new sources of water, as well as AMTA’s mission to solve water supply and quality issues through the widespread application of membrane technology. Both recipients of the 2016-2018 award are conducting research on novel membrane technologies. You can read more about their research below.

 


Recipients

 

Principal Investigator: Michael Geitner, The Pennsylvania State University

 

Bioinspired Hypochlorite-Resistant Reverse Osmosis Membranes

 

Mr. Geitner is a first-year doctoral student working under the supervision of Dr. Manish Kumar, Associate Professor Departments of Chemical Engineering and Environmental Engineering. He is evaluating bioinspired hypochlorite-resistant reverse osmosis membranes. Notably, Dr. Kumar himself was an NWRI-AMTA Fellow from 2007-2009.

 

 

 

 


Principal Investigator: Cassandra Porter, Yale University

 

Ion-Rejecting Membranes with Polyelectrolytic Layers Produced through Surface-Initiated Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization

 

Ms. Porter is a second-year doctoral student working under the supervision of Dr. Menachem Elimelech, Roberto C. Goizueta Professor of Chemical & Environmental Engineering. She is developing ion-rejecting membranes with polyelectrolytic layers produced through surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization.

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NWRI-SCSC FELLOWSHIP

 

The NWRI-Southern California Salinity Coalition (SCSC) Fellowship research must address the critical need to remove or reduce salts from water supplies and to preserve water resources in Southern California. Examples include institutional and regulatory issues, economics of reducing salinity levels, regional and watershed planning solutions, and public education, outreach, and awareness. www.socalsalinity.org


Recipient

 

Principal Investigator: Amninder Singh, University of California, Riverside

 

Using Smart Irrigation Technologies to Optimize Recycled Water Application for Turfgrass Irrigation to Conserve Water, Maintain Turf Quality, and Sustain Soil Health

 

 

Mr. Singh is a first-year doctoral student working under the supervision of Dr. Amir Haghverdi, Assistant Professor of Irrigation and Water Management. He is exploring the suitability of smart irrigation controllers to automatically implement irrigation best management practices when recycled water is used for irrigation.

 

 


Click here to learn more about the 2016-2018 NWRI Fellows.