Congratulations to Ibrahim Halloum for successfully defending his Master thesis in Chemical Engineering. The topic of his thesis is using algal biofilms to bioremediate wastewater. His committee includes Dr. Cesar Torres (chair), Dr. Sudeep Popat, and Dr. Bruce Rittmann.
Congratulations to Dongwon Ki, who successfully defended his dissertation, "Anaerobic Conversion of Primary Sludge to Resources in Microbial Electrochemical Cells." Dongwon's committee consists of Dr. Cesar Torres (chair), Dr. Sudeep Popat, Dr. Bruce Rittmann, Dr. Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown, and Dr. Prathap Parameswaran (University of Kansas). Dongwon will be awarded his doctorate in environmental engineering in May. Congrats Dongwon!
Congratulations to Denton Holzer, who successfully defended his honors thesis last week. Denton is a senior in Chemical Engineering and a past Swette Intern. Denton's honors thesis focused on understanding the effects on pH on extracellular electron transfer in Geobacter and Geoalkalibacter. His committee is Dr. César Torres and Dr. Sudeep Popat, and his mentor is Dr. Rachel Yoho. Congrats Denton!
Congratulations to Levi Straka, who recently advanced to Ph.D. candidacy in Environmental Engineering! As part of the photobioreactor team, Levi's work focuses on modeling the effects of light damage on microalgae. His chair is Dr. Bruce Rittmann.
Thesan Appalsamy has been corresponding with Dr. Rittmann over the past four years and has recently completed his final year of high school at Greenbury Secondary High School in Phoenix, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. He will soon enter university at University of KwaZulu-Natal in Chemical Engineering. Thesan was awarded a scholarship from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, who concern themselves with a wide variety of research and implementation areas including fuel cell technology. He chose Chemical Engineering because it has a large scope which will allow him to experience multiple disciplines while gaining valuable knowledge.
Thesan originally contacted Dr. Rittmann because he needed guidance from a pioneer in the field of environmental biotechnology for research with his science fair project which dealt with converting waste into electricity using a Microbial Fuel Cell. They corresponded regularly and exchanged ideas about bacterial respiration, decomposition of organic waste matter with regards to fuel cell applications, and algae's ability to produce biofuels and act as a carbon dioxide filter as well as transform into electricity during decomposition . They both hope to continue their correspondence and to perhaps meet in person one day!
Zhoulin Liu, a Master student in Environmental Engineering, successfully defended his thesis on Thursday. Zhoulin's research focused on the biodegradation of benzene and toluene under different dissolved oxygen concentrations. His committee includes Dr. Bruce Rittmann as his chair and Dr. Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown and Dr. Peter Fox as members. Congrats Zhoulin!
Congratulations to Bradley Lusk, a Biological Design Ph.D. candidate, successfully defended his dissertation Wednesday. His dissertation topic was thermophilic anode respiring bacteria. His committee includes Dr. Cesar Torres and Dr. Bruce Rittmann as co-chairs and Dr. Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown as a member. Congrats Brad!
Congratulations to Binh Nguyen, who successfully defended his dissertation today, "The Effects of Light Intensity, Nitrogen Sources and Growth Kinetics on Growing Cyanobacteria." Binh's committee includes his chair Dr. Bruce Rittmann, Dr. Paul Westerhoff, and Dr. Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown. Congrats Binh!
Congratulations to Devyn Fajardo-Williams, who successfully defended her Master thesis on July 20. Devyn's thesis focuses on the bioremediation of trichloroethylene (TCE) using an upflow anaerobic sludge blanket reactor. Her committee includes her chair Dr. Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown, Dr. César Torres, and Dr. Sudeep Popat. Congrats Devyn!
Congratulations to Alex Zevin, who is graduating with his Ph.D. in the Biological Design program. Alex began his Ph.D. studies in fall of 2010, and his research has focused on interactions between Synechocystis cyanobacteria and heterotrophic microorganisms in photobioreactors. He recently defended his dissertation, "Characterization of Structure and Function of Microbial Communities in Synechocystis sp. PCC6803 Photobioreactors." Alex's committee consisted of Dr. Bruce Rittmann (co-chair), Dr. Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown (co-chair), and Dr. Wim Vermass.
Cheer on Alex as he receives his degree during the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering Graduate Convocation on May 13 at 2 P.M. at Wells Fargo Arena. Congrats Alex!