ITRI-Rosenfeld Fellows Dive in to Water-Energy Research
Postdoctoral fellows in the Energy Technologies area are investigating a variety of methods for energy efficient and affordable water treatment and modeling of water use, thanks to the Industrial Technology Research Institute - Rosenfeld (ITRI-Rosenfeld) Postdoctoral Fellowship .
The fellowship honors the legacy of Art Rosenfeld for his pioneering work toward the advancement of energy efficiency on a global scale, and is supported in part by ITRI of Taiwan.
While the fellowship is no longer taking new applicants, the rigorous selection process included application review by a selection committee, seminar presentations by the finalists, and panel interviews. Fellowship awardees have the freedom to engage in innovative research of their own design leading to new energy-efficiency technologies or policies, as well as the reduction of adverse energy-related environmental impacts.
Olga Kavvada joined the Lab in January 2018 to work on developing water demand forecast models that can quantify the impacts of urban development decisions on the spatial distribution of water consumption and wastewater production. She collaborates with Corinne Scown and Hanna Breunig for developing methods to support policy decisions on setting water-energy efficiency targets. Olga holds a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley where she developed models and software tools for the spatial optimization of water reuse in urban areas.
Arkadeep Kumar joined the Lab in May 2018, and will conduct research on iron-electrocoagulation methods to remove contaminants (e.g. arsenic) for safe drinking water, and energy-efficient desalination of low-salinity brackish waters. He will work with Dr. Ashok Gadgil for developing societally impactful technologies that can go to scale. He holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech, where he improved mechanical integrity of silicon wafers manufactured by diamond wire sawing for solar cells.
Akanksha Menon joined in August 2018, and will work on energy efficient methods for water desalination in the Prasher Lab. Her focus will be on hybrid thermal-membrane systems that incorporate solar energy to treat high salinity waters with the goal of achieving zero liquid discharge. Akanksha holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech where she performed research on organic thermoelectric materials and devices for energy harvesting.
Andrew Haddad, who joined the Lab in summer 2017, is researching different chemical processing treatments to enable the use of bauxite ore to remediate excess fluoride from groundwater. He joined the Gadgil Water group in the Energy Technologies Area. Andrew received his Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from the University of Louisville where he researched using ligand non-innocence to facilitate electrochemical catalysis.
Emily Tow, who also joined in summer 2017, is using in situ microscopy to investigate mechanisms of microbial fouling and improve the energy efficiency of wastewater recycling (see video from World Water Day). She is a member of Robert Kostecki's group in Energy Storage and Distributed Resources. Emily obtained her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2017 with a focus on energy efficiency and fouling mitigation in water desalination.
The ITRI-Rosenfeld fellowship is not accepting new applicants at this time, but new early-career opportunities are currently under development in ETA.