Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Program (IGEP) Fellow

  1. Water INTERface : An Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Program United by the Central Focus of “Water for Health.” <Aug. 2017 – July 2018>
    ->Stay tuned!

Academic Outreach

  1. NSF Research Experience for Teachers (Water ECubeG): Energy Recovery from Wastewater via Microbial Fuel Cell 3D Printed Platform <June – July 2018>
    ->Program Director: Dr. Vinod K. Lohani
    ->Mentee: Ms. Maria Sherman (AP Chemistry Teacher), Hidden Valley High School
    ->The specific objectives of this RET project are to:
    (1) Create a viable MFC using 3D printing technology;
    (2) Measure maximum voltage output;
    (3) Quantify current and Coulombic efficiency.

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  2. NSF Research Experience for Teachers (Water ECubeG): Enhancing Wastewater Reuse by Using Osmotic Membrane Photobioreactor (OMPBR) <June – July 2017>
    ->Program Director: Dr. Vinod K. Lohani
    ->Mentee: Ms. Carla Corvin (Science Teacher), Christiansburg High School
    ->The specific objectives of this RET project are to:
    (1) maximize water recovery performance in OMPBR;
    (2) mitigate nutrient buildup in the feed solution via algae assimilation;
    (3) develop an effective way to control biofouling;
    (4) quantify energy consumption and monitor algae growth.

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Graduate Teaching Assistant

  1. CEE 4174: Solid & Hazardous Waste Management <Aug. – Dec. 2016>
    ->Instructor: Dr. Zhiwu (Drew) Wang
    ->Responsibility: Grading homework, advising students on questions

Graduate Research Assistant

  1. NSF #1358145: GOALI: Advancing Membrane Bioelectrochemical Reactors For Domestic Wastewater Treatment <Aug. 2015 – May 2017>
    ->Principle Investigator: Dr. Zhen (Jason) He
    ->The specific objectives of this GOALI project are:
    (1) to understand the interaction between fouling-control methods and energy production/consumption in the MBER system;
    (2) to investigate nitrogen removal in the two MBERs with different membrane installations;

    (3) to functionally scale up the MBERs system to a transitional stage.


Undergraduate Research Assistant

  1. Characterization and Optimization of Three Aerobic Strains of Phosphorus Accumulating Organisms (PAOs) <Dec. 2010 – Apr. 2011>
    ->Principle Investigator: Dr. Jinren Ni
    ->The specific objectives of this project are:
    (1) to screen out three strains of PAOs;
    (2) to investigate multiple growth factors, such as pH, temperature, and initial substrate concentration;
    (3) to optimize the phosphorus removal performance.

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