EEE Insights — Fall 2017

Greetings from Fehsenfeld Family Head of Environmental and Ecological Engineering, Dr. John Sutherland

Environmental engineers have historically managed waste streams generated by industries that did not consider the environmental implications of their product life cycle decisions. The new innovative philosophy followed by Purdue Environmental and Ecological Engineering (EEE) ensures that our students have the systems engineering, industrial, and life cycle engineering knowledge necessary to develop strategies that can proactively avoid environmental problems, with an industrial sustainability emphasis. EEE maintains a rigorous foundational training in basic science and engineering principles critical to practice classic environmental engineering and innovative product life cycle sustainability.

EEE Graduate Student Enze Jin Presents at PIRE

In May 2017, Environmental and Ecological Engineering graduate student Enze Jin presented at the Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) meeting in Eugene, Oregon. PIRE is a National Science Foundation program that supports projects which aim to advance research and education that could not occur without international collaboration.

EEE graduate student awarded merit-based funding to support research

Environmental and Ecological Engineering graduate student Ehsan Vahidi has received two merit-based awards in support of his graduate research. Vahidi was selected as recipient of the Andrews Environmental Travel Grant. This highly competitive and prestigious award supports travel for research relating to the world environment. Vahidi has also received the Hugh W. and Edna M. Donnan Fellowship, awarded by the Purdue College of Engineering.

Dr. Chad Jafvert Receives AEESP Outstanding Publication Award

Dr. Chad Jafvert, professor of Civil Engineering and Environmental and Ecological Engineering at Purdue University, was recently awarded the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP) Outstanding Publication Award for his influential 1992 paper "Reaction Scheme for the Chlorination of Ammoniacal Water".1

Outstanding Engineering Graduate Student Mentor award

For the first time this year (2017) the Outstanding Engineering Graduate Student Mentor award was awarded. This award is voted on by the graduate students in EEE to recognize a faculty member who has been an outstanding mentor to graduate students.

Environmental and Ecological Engineering Outstanding Senior Award Announced

The EEE Outstanding Senior was announced at the EEE Recognition Night in late April. This award is conferred each academic year by the faculty of EEE to recognize the excellence of one member of the senior class. It is selected based on academic performance, leadership, service, and professional activities. The EEE faculty selected the recipient. This year the award went to Jason "Jake" Hawes. Jake received the award from Prof. Nies.

Scholarships announced at EEE Recognition Night

At the EEE Recognition Night on April 27, 2017, several scholarships were announced. Treann Quick received the EEE External Advisory Council (EAC) Scholarship. Over the last few years, the EEE EAC has been working on endowing this scholarship and this is the second year it has been awarded. In the fall Treanne will be a junior in EEE. Treanne received the scholarship from the EEE EAC Chair, Larry Merritt (photo, upper left).

Meet Chris Rubak, member of the EEE EAC

In 2012, the External Advisory Council was established to work closely with the EEE Head and advise on all aspects of the program and strategic growth as EEE launched new programs. The EAC includes members from environmental consulting firms, major industry, government, and academia. Chris Rubak received a B.S. in General Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and an M.S. in Civil Engineering from Purdue University.

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