Singh to receive 2021 AIChE Environmental Division Early Career Award
Shweta Singh, assistant professor of agricultural and biological engineering and environmental and ecological engineering, will receive the 2021 American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Environmental Division Early Career Award for her research on the advancement of systems methodologies for Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) and creation of cloud-based computational tools for sustainability assessment.
“This award recognizes the critical role of interdisciplinary engineering in solving major environmental challenges today by creative pursuit of innovative modeling and computational tools,” Singh said. “It is a testimony of rigor, innovation and hard work of Purdue students who are eager to solve the toughest problems that advances the scientific field of environmental science and engineering for building a sustainable world.”
“I am humbled and thankful for this recognition by AIChE, especially because solving the issue of climate change and resource sustainability is an urgency for our planet now,” she continued. “I am also very grateful to the support of colleagues and leadership of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Davidson School of Chemical Engineering, and Environmental and Ecological Engineering for enabling a truly interdisciplinary culture at Purdue.”
Singh was nominated for the award by Rakesh Agrawal, the Winthrop E. Stone Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering. The award will be delivered in November at the AIChE Annual Meeting, where Singh has been invited to give an address
Singh joined Purdue Engineering in 2014. She leads the Sustainable Industrial Natural Coupled Systems (SINCS) group whose research focuses on coupling the growth of biobased economy and industry with local and global ecological sustainability. Prior to joining Purdue, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto from 2013-2014. She received her BTech in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University (2006), and both her MS in Applied Statistics (2011) and PhD in Chemical Engineering (2012) from The Ohio State University.
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