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04-27-2011

Clarkson University Institute for a Sustainable Environment Graduate Students Claim Awards

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Two Clarkson University graduate students were awarded presentation honors in recognition of their research at the Northern New York Section of the American Chemical Society Research Symposium at SUNY Potsdam, earlier this month.

Clarkson University Institute for a Sustainable Environment graduate students Stefanie Kring (left) and Kawalpreet Kaur with awards for research presented at a recent American Chemical Society Research Symposium at SUNY Potsdam.Stefanie Kring of Alexandria Bay, N.Y., was awarded first place for her oral presentation titled “Wastewater Grown Zooplankton as a Potential Biofuel Source.”

Her research involved measurements of biofuel production potential at the Canton, N.Y., waste water treatment lagoons.

“The lagoons contain an extremely high amount of algal and plankton biomass”, said Kring’s thesis supervisor and Associate Professor of Biology Michael Twiss. “Stefanie’s study has shown that appreciable amounts of biofuel can be collected and that with the cost of fuel increasing, using waste to produce fuel will become increasingly attractive.”

Kawalpreet Kaur of Kurukshetra, Haryana state, India, presented a poster titled “Study of Mechanisms and Conditions Impacting Metal Mobility with ISCO Remediation” and was awarded second place.

ISCO stands for In-Situ Chemical Oxidation, which is the introduction of chemical oxidants for the destruction of organic contaminants at hazardous waste sites.

“ISCO can have unintended impacts on metals that are present naturally or as co-contaminants due to changes in geochemical conditions with the introduction of oxidants to the subsurface,” said Kaur’s thesis supervisor and Associate Professor in the Institute for a Sustainable Environment Michelle Crimi. “Specifically, Kawal is studying how oxidants interact with and change porous media properties, thereby affecting how the media interacts with metals… ultimately affecting the quality of our groundwater resources.” 

Both students are in the Environmental Science and Engineering graduate program offered by Clarkson University’s Institute for a Sustainable Environment. This program prepares students to tackle important environmental issues facing society by application of science and engineering principles through a mix of challenging course work as well as thesis-based research projects.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Clarkson University Institute for a Sustainable Environment graduate students Stefanie Kring (left) and  Kawalpreet Kaur with awards for research presented at a recent American Chemical Society Research Symposium at SUNY Potsdam.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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