Pete Zrioka reports about Dr. Rittmann's 2017 Janowski Legacy Award in Full Circle, a Fulton Schools publication. The award recognizes engineering faculty with exceptional contributions to education, research and public service with long-standing, demonstrated impact on advancing the mission and values of the Fulton Schools.
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!
Dr. Bruce Rittmann recently presented "Detoxifying Oxidized Contaminants" at the National Water Research Institute's (NWRI) Clarke Prize Conference. Check out the video here! By the way, Dr. Rittmann received the first NWRI Clarke Prize in 1994.
Dr. Bruce Rittmann recently co-authored a commentary paper in Nature entitled "Reuse Water Pollutants." The article discusses one strategy for combining resource and energy recovery from wastewater with direct potable for sustainable water supplies.
Dr. Bruce Rittmann will be featured on Thursday evening's (December 3, 2015) Arizona Horizons show. He will speak about our new Department of Energy project on Atmospheric CO2 Enrichment and Delivery. Arizona Horizons begins at 5:30 pm on Channel 8. We hope that you are able to watch! If not, check out the interview at a later date at Arizona Horizon website.
We are so proud of Fulton Engineering undergraduates Denton Holzer, Sanya Mehta, and Delaney Van Winkle who presented their Fall 2015 research at the FURI Symposium which took place on Friday, November 20, 2015 from 1–3 p.m. at the Memorial Union. They shared their work with peers, faculty, staff, and the community by presenting posters. Many thanks to their mentors: Rachel Yoho, Aura Ontiveros, and Tengfei Chen, respectively.
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!