At the Tuesday, Jan. 16, Biodesign Town Hall meeting, Josh LaBaer presented Esra Ilhan, Bruce Rittmann, Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown, Moni Miranda, Sean Lai, and Juan Maldonado Ortiz with a framed poster to celebrate their recent publication in Water Research. It is a miniature of what will be hung on the Biodesign Wall of Science near the Executive Office area. The title of the publication is Enhancing biodegradation of C16-alkyl quaternary ammonium compounds using an oxygen-based membrane biofilm reactor.
BSCEB members Matt Scholz and Bruce Rittmann are featured in an article by student reporter Rachel Bunning titled, "As NSF grant end, ASU-led Sustainable Phosphorus Alliance continues to grow."
The Sustainable Phosphorus Alliance is North America’s central forum and advocate for the sustainable use, recovery, and recycling of phosphorus in the food system. Its director is James Elser from the ASU School of Life Sciences, and it is located at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University in the Biodesign Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology with the support of center director Bruce Rittmann. For more information visit phosphorusalliance.org.
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.
Monique Clement, of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, posted "Inventions that clean up water earn Rittmann NAI Fellowship" in Full Cirlce, describing Dr. Bruce Rittmann's receipt of the highest professional distinction awarded to academic inventors.
Skip Derra published a story in the latest issue of ASU Now about how Matei Georgescu and Charlie Leight provide opportunities for Basis Scottsdale student Vishesh Gupta to contribute to climate change research at ASU .
Dr. Bruce Rittmann traveled to Washington, DC to receive the Gordon Maskew Fair Award from the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists. The event was held in the National Press Club on April 14, 2016.
Dr. Rittmann was introduced by Dr. Daniel Oerther (pictured left, below).
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!