"I applied to the Scholars program so that I could become involved with undergraduate research and receive funding for my efforts. My goals for this year are to complete phases two and three of my research goals which focus on using Ion Exchange Resin filter media, installed in real urinals, to remove pharmaceuticals and nutrients from synthetic urine. I also hope to present my research findings in poster sessions of two major conferences."
My interests lie in the field of water conservation and recovery. I hope to gather tools to aid in my professional engineering involvement in the efforts of our communities to develop better treatment technologies and conservation programs. My research focusing on saving water by using waterless urinals, removing contaminants at the source to save water and energy involved in wastewater treatment, and make use of those removed constituents (i.e. fertilizer for land application).
Academic and Other Awards
- University Scholars Program Scholarship (2011-2012)
- The Earl and Verna Lowe Scholarship
- Intern in GRU's Department of Water and Waste Water Engineering
- Engineers Without Borders
Engineers without Borders serves as my sole volunteer experience.
Hobbies and Interests
- Riding on the Hawthorne trail in Paynes Prairie, having dinner parties, traveling, rock climbing, theatre, movies, books, and boardgames.
Making Urine Useful
Over the summer I completed phase one of the research project I began in January 2011 with Dr. Treavor Boyer of the Environmental Engineering Department. Phase one consisted of testing the removal efficiency of hardness (calcium and magnesium) from urine, using Cation Exchange Resin as filter media in a urinal drain. The novelty of this experiment was simulating realistic urinal usage. I prepared a synthetic urine according to previous research and poured it through the urinal at regular intervals that represented low-use urinal conditions. The novelty lies in the deviation from typical lab experiments where batch samples are tested under unrealistic conditions and then the results extrapolated. Upon completion of phase one, my abstract was accepted to the Association for Environmental Engineering and Science Professors conference in July where I displayed and defended my research poster. Phase two will begin in a couple of weeks. I will employ the same methods, but this time use an anion exchange resin to selectively remove pharmaceuticals. This too is a novel endeavor, as 60% of pharmaceuticals are released in human urine, and waste water treatment facilities are not currently mandated or equipped to remove them. I will be submitting my abstract shortly, and hope to present a second poster on the phase two research at the Florida American Water Works Association conference in November. If you have any questions regarding my research progress, I welcome the opportunity for any questions or discussion. Thank you for your continued support and encouragement.