In the ESE Grad Symposium held at Darden, the first place went to our lab’s Udayan Singh for his work on the geospatial scoping of carbon-negative bioenergy in the United States! The poster was extremely well-received by faculty, students and prospective students. Twenty posters were presented overall, showcasing the department’s work in areas ranging from climate change, structural research, healthcare and hydrology.
Our graduate student, Erica Loudermilk, acted as co-chair for our department’s recruitment weekend for 23 prospective graduate students! The prospective students had a chance to talk with faculty, attend a poster symposium to hear about current student’s research, and visited Monticello and the Barboursville Winery. Her commitment to this activity is evident through her serving as co-chair for two successive years.
A new paper from our group authored by Fangwei Cheng and Sarah Bauer (now faculty member at Rowan University) looks at the energy and economic aspects of struvite recovery from HTL wastes. In terms of energy balance, struvite recovery is observed to show little benefits in the overall life-cycle. However, economic attributes of the process may be significantly more viable than conventional wastewater treatment methods.