The department announced its awards to students exhibiting superior academic performance in the virtual graduation ceremony on May 16. Our graduate student, Udayan Singh, received the Civil Engineering Graduate Award for Superior Research. We thank our sponsors and collaborators for continued success of our research group.
Our graduate student, Jasmin Melara, has successfully defended her MS thesis on “Is aquatic bioenergy with carbon capture and storage a sustainable negative emission technology?: Insights from a spatially explicit environmental life-cycle assessment”. Heartiest congratulations!
The UVA Sustainability Faculty Fellows have selected graduate student, Udayan Singh, for David and Joy Peyton Fellowship. This fellowship will be used to support his work on leveraging excess renewable electricity to power direct air capture (DAC)., and further strengthen our group’s portfolio on negative emissions research.
Our graduate student, Erica Loudermilk, spoke at the department seminar series. She delivered a talk on “Mitigating Clinical Antibiotic Resistance in Environmental Contexts”.
Graduate student Udayan Singh gave a talk discussing ideas for making the US electricity sector more resilient at the inaugural Miami Climate Symposium. He highlighted the work being done as part of an ERI-funded collaborative project led by Prof. Peterson. Thanks to the conference organizing committee for generously sponsoring his travel costs.
Our new paper takes another mathematical look at utilizing produced waters from coalbed methane wells for potable purposes. We find that reverse osmosis systems in such cases offer good cost-effectiveness based on two separately computed metrics to account for the value of health improvement benefits (i.e., disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) averted or monetized health benefits).
To finish an amazing year in style, our group featured their work on CCS and carbon removal at AGU Fall Meeting – 2019. Udayan gave a talk on utilizing curtailed renewable power for direct air capture. Both Fangwei and Udayan also presented posters on region-specific CCS deployment in US, China and India. Thank you to all the supporters of our work and wishing everyone a Happy Holiday season ahead!
Fangwei’s and Prof. Peterson’s new paper in Energy Conversion and Management with Prof. Mike Porter looks at ways to integrate machine learning models with LCAs for negative emissions. This work extends onto our lab’s prior research on hydrothermal treatment and helps identify critical considerations for success of this technology for widespread deployment.
Our graduate student, Udayan Singh, participated at the 13th Graduate Climate Conference at Woods Hole, MA. He presented a poster on scaling up of negative emission technologies and discussed collaborative avenues with fellow grad students from various dimensions of climate research. His travel and stay there have been generously sponsored by a travel grant awarded by the conference organizing committee.
In the Datapalooza 2019, the annual conference of the School of Data Science, Prof. Peterson was invited as a panelist on Data and Climate. She outlined some of the critical data science inputs that would lead to multi-scale benefits in modeling negative emissions technologies. The panel was moderated by Prof. Andres Clarens while other speakers were Prof. Deborah Lawrence and Prof. Bill Shobe.