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07-06-2012

Clarkson University Chemical Engineering Grad Student Wins Poster Award

Clarkson University chemical engineering graduate student Basavaraju Agasanapura won the second place award in the student poster competition at the 22nd annual meeting of the North American Membrane Society (NAMS), held recently in New Orleans, La.

Clarkson University chemical engineering graduate student Basavaraju Agasanapura won the second place award in the student poster competition at the annual meeting of the North American Membrane Society (NAMS). Above: Agasanapura (left) and his adviser, Prof. Ruth Baltus, with his poster.Agasanapura's winning poster, “Hindered Transport of Rod-shaped Particles in a Cylindrical Pore,” was chosen from 18 entries in the liquid separations division.

The project is important because pathogenic bacteria and viruses present in feed waters are often non-spherical. A comprehensive model of filtration systems for such particles is needed in order to design efficient membranes that balance microbial removal with energy and economic considerations.

Agasanapura was also awarded a student travel award from NAMS to support his travel to the meeting.

Agasanapura is advised by Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Professor Ruth E. Baltus.

The NAMS awards programs are designed to encourage and support outstanding students who have made significant contributions to the advancement of membrane technology. 

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[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/bagasanapura.jpg .]

Photo caption: Clarkson University chemical engineering graduate student Basavaraju Agasanapura won the second place award in the student poster competition at the annual meeting of the North American Membrane Society (NAMS). Above: Agasanapura (left) and his adviser, Prof. Ruth Baltus, with his poster.

[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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