Laureen Meroueh

 Laureen Meroueh
Mentor: Dr. Subrata Roy
College of Engineering
 
"One of the most amazing opportunities offered at Universities is the ability for an undergraduate student to get involved in research. Participating in research gives you an opportunity to go above and beyond the level of understanding material in the academic field. As an engineer, we have the responsibility to globally contribute to the development of the world for the better of humanity as well as the environment. Rather waiting till graduation to begin these contributions, getting involved with research allows you to begin before you earn your bachelor's degree. After speaking to a few professors, I spoke with Dr. Roy and found out some of the research his students conducts is aimed for developing countries. I immediately began dedicating my time to becoming a successful researcher in hopes of learning more than I could learn in the classroom and getting hands on engineering experience."

Major

Mechanical and Civil Engineering

Minor

N/A

Research Interests

  • Water Sterilization
  • Solar Energy
  • Plasma Generation

Academic Awards

  • UF University Scholars Program
  • Progress Energy Scholarship
  • WTS Frankee Hellinger Scholarship
  • Florida Academic Scholars Award
  • John & Mittie Collins Scholarship

Organizations

  • Engineers Without Borders
  • Tau Beta Pi
  • Barrels of Hope

Volunteer

  • EarthBag Housing for Haiti
  • Boys & Girls Club
  • Habitat for Humanity

Hobbies and Interests

  • Renewable Energy
  • Bicycling
  • Piano/Guitar/Percussion
  • Oceanography

Research Description

Plasma Activated Water
Plasmas have been studied in depth to sterilize surfaces and applied in various applications with the Applied Physics Research Group. However, resistant pathogens not only exist on surfaces, but also in water. A cost efficient method to purify water must be devised which can be used world wide, and does not leave an environmental footprint caused by harsh chemicals and/or polluting power sources. An experimental set up has already been devised and primarily consists of plasma actuators, water inlet and outlets as well as inlets for air and ozone. In addition to the design, photovoltaic cells may be used for solar energy to reduce a need for polluting power sources. Through the testing of various parameters, such as volume of water, power needed, pathogens able to be killed, definite device configuration, etc., a detailed understanding of how to effectively purify water in an economical and efficient fashion will be developed.