Acknowledgement 2014
We would like to thank Liang Wang, of 2005 for his generous donation to The Ivanhoe Foundation


2014 STUDENTS

Sonam Choden    2014

Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

From Bhutan, Building a multifaceted research on water resources management in mountain ecosystems. The study will help understand climate change and adaptation particularly in the water sector in the Himalayas. And further assist in developing interdisciplinary policies for renewed actions.

 

 


Kwonit Mallick    2014

New Mexico State Institute for Energy & Environment

From India, Working on modified membrane based treatment systems for brackish groundwater using photovoltaic reserve osmosis for in-land water desalination

 

 


Maryana Azmi    2014

Utah State University - Environmental Engineering

From Sudan, Her studies will evaluate degradation byproducts formed in popular plastic bottles utilized for solar thermal radiation disinfection.

 

 


Jorge Cazares    2014

Arizona State University - Hydrosystems Engineering

From Mexico, Hydrologic analysis and modeling; impacts of infrastructure and reforestation scenarios to reduce future flooding damage in urban areas. Area of study is Monterrey, Mexico

 

 


Ahmed Bitar    2014

Utah State University - Environmental Engineering

From Palestine, Using existing models, research will evaluate heavy metal threats to water supplies from geological weathering of exposed mining waste

 

 


2013 STUDENTS

Md Nowfel Mahmud Bhuyian    2013

Tennessee Tech University - Civil and Environmental engineering

From Bangladesh, Research to improve the accuracy of flood prediction by improving the accuracy of digital elevation models. He is working on a correction algorithm using river flow information

 

 


Osmary Contreras    2013

University of Cincinnati - Dept of Environmental Engineering

From Venezuela, Researching the development of a new activated carbon from waste tires for the removal of dyes from textile wastewaters

 

 


Cameron Joseph Manche    2013

Western Michigan University - Department of Geosciences

From Kuwait, Research using remotely acquired satellite imagery to map the spatial and temporal variations in algal bloom concentration, and to distinguish the harmful blooms from the non harmful blooms.

 

 


Ahmed Bitar    2013

Utah State University - Environmental Engineering

From Palestine, Using existing models, research will evaluate heavy metal threats to water supplies from geological weathering of exposed mining waste

 

 


Ranjani Ravi    2013

University of Cincinnati - College of Engineering

From India, Working to develop a low-cost assay for the detection of noroviris with high sensitivity and specificity utilizing fluorescence signals in DNA probes

 

 


Abedeh Addolghafoorian    2013

University of Cincinnati

From Iran, Study will involve adsorption isotherm experiments with nanomaterials and aromatic compounds, evaluating the effect and efficiency on activated carbon filtering.

 

 


Maryana Azmi    2013

Utah State University - Environmental Engineering

From Sudan, Her studies will evaluate degradation byproducts formed in popular plastic bottles utilized for solar thermal radiation disinfection.

 

 


Jorge Cazares    2013

Arizona State University - Hydrosystems Engineering

From Mexico, Hydrologic analysis and modeling; impacts of infrastructure and reforestation scenarios to reduce future flooding damage in urban areas. Area of study is Monterrey, Mexico

 

 


2012 STUDENTS

Raquel Flinker    2012

University of Texas at Austin - Jackson School of Geosciences

From Brazil, Raquel is studying and modeling the impacts of global environmental changes on local hydrology. This study focuses on the effects of climate change, elevated atmospheric carbon dioxide and change in precipitation patterns on the hydrology of grasslands of central North America. This research will help understand how global environmental changes affect soil moisture and plant water uptake.

 

 


Manish Shrestha    2012

University of Cincinnati, Civil and Environmental Engineering

From Nepal, Studying and modeling the cost and water quality benefits of continuous water supply. In areas of intermittent water supply (including U.S. cities imposing water rationing) pipe damage can lead to both water loss and water contamination. Study will look at satellite tanks in developing countries for improved supply and water treatment, control of hydraulic pressure throughout system serviced, and the cost benefits provided.

 

 


Safat Sikder    2012

Tennessee Tech University - Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

From Bangladesh, Safat is working to prototype a modular satellite-based water resources and water hazard mapping, early warning and post-disaster assessment visualization system based on Bangladesh but easily replicated for any of the four deltas of SERVIR Himalaya region

 

 


Gurdeep Singh    2012

University of Arkansas Biological & Agricultural Engineering

From India, Trying to quantify the environmental consequences of second generation energy crop production on erodible land using watershed modeling and spatial analysis.

 

 


Yogendra Kanitkar    2012

Clemson University Environmental Engineering &Earth Sciences

From India, Working on the anaerobic bioremediation of dichloromethane and tetrachloroethene. The study is to evaluate if the breakdown of dichloromethane yields products that microbes can use to remove the chlorine from tetrachloroethene.

 

 


Ruba Mohamed    2012

Utah State University Civil & Environmental Engineering

From Sudan, Is studying stream metabolism as related to phosphorous, nitrogen, and dissolved organic carbon that result in fish kills. Low cost protocols being developed for countries along the Nile River.

 

 


Mussie Tewlde    2012

New Mexico Tech Department of Earth and Environmental Science

From Eritrea, His studies characterize fluid flow and heat transport in a basin and range environment and assesses the geothermal potential using hydrogeological and geochemical data, and hydrothermal modeling. This study helps to understand how communities can tap into local geothermal energy for direct use such as agriculture (greenhouse) and aquaculture (fish farming).

 

 


Xu Huang    2012

University of Cincinnati Civil and Environmental Engineering

From China, Using microbial source tracking of 16SrRNA genes, paired with pathogen concentrations and hydrological measurements, to develop better models for tracking E. Coli contamination in watershed management.

 

 


2011 STUDENTS

Hadi Al-Lafta    2011

University of Arizona, Hydrology and Water Resources

From Iraq, Working on research to understand combined interactions of land-use, climate change and variability and catchment area in arid/semi-arid climates . Research has implications for land use planning and mitigation of climate change impacts on water quality .

 

 


Morris Demitry    2011

Utah State University, Civil & Environmental Engineering

From Sudan, Research to improve reservoir water quality using a combination of high frequency flow and water quality monitoring and quality modeling; to examine turbidity, alkalinity pH dissolved oxygen and the variations of these parameters with time, temperature and weather

 

 


Ruba Mohamed   2011

Utah State University, Civil & Environmental Engineering

From Sudan, Is studying stream metabolism as related to phosphorous, nitrogen, and dissolved organic carbon that result in fish kills. Low cost protocols being developed for countries along the Nile River

 

 


Xu Huang   2011

University of Cincinnati,  Civil and Environmental Engineering

From China, Using microbial source tracking of 16SrRNA genes, paired with pathogen concentrations and hydrological measurements, to develop better models for tracking E. Coli contamination in watershed management.

 

 


Silky Abbott   2011

University of Cincinnati, Civil and Environmental Engineering

From India, Studying the implication of nanoparticles on commercially available F-400 grade GAC in the absorption of Cu(II) from drinking water and the effect of pH and ionic strength on F-400 GAC

 

 


Adel Abdallah   2011

Utah State University, Dept of Civil & Environmental Engineering

From Palestine, Research developing simulation and optimization models to identify synergies and linkages between saving water and saving energy.

 

 


Manish Shrestha   2011

University of Cincinnati, Civil and Environmental Engineering

From Nepal, Studying and modeling the cost and water quality benefits of continuous water supply. In areas of intermittent water supply (including U.S. cities imposing water rationing) pipe damage can lead to both water loss and water contamination. Study will look at satellite tanks in developing countries for improved supply and water treatment, control of hydraulic pressure throughout system serviced, and the cost benefits provided.

 

 


2010 STUDENTS

Parvathy Thelakkat Kochunarayanan    2010

Texas A&M University, Department of Environmental & Water Resources Engineering

From India, Attempting to anaerobicly defluorinate PFOA and PFOS, for improved water reclamation.

 

 


Shreyas Sati    2010

Texas A&M University, Department of Environmental & Water Resources Engineering

From India, Is researching agricultural wastes products as biosorbents to remove mercury from water

 

 


Manuel Mavila    2010

Yale University, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

From Peru, His focus is on soil properties to determine how deforestation leads to increased overland flow and decreased water storage in montane cloud forests

 

 


Lijuan Sang    2010

University of Cincinnati, Dept of Civil and Environmental Engineering

From China, Researching the presence of nanoparticles on the effectiveness of activated carbon adsorption of arsenic and lead in water treatment.

 

 


Adel Abdallah    2010

Utah State University, Dept of Civil & Environmental Engineering

From Palestine, Research developing simulation and
optimization models to identify synergies and linkages between saving water and saving energy.

 

 


Morris Demitry    2010

Utah State University, Dept of Civil & Environmental Engineering

From Sudan, Research to improve reservoir water quality using a combination of high frequency flow and water quality monitoring and water quality modeling; to examine turbidity, alkalinity pH dissolved oxygen and the variations of these parameters with time, temperature and weather

 

 


Shreya Ghosh    2010

University of Cincinnati, Dept of Civil and Environmental Engineering

From India, Research to develop and demonstrate genome-enabled molecular biotechnologies to track frank human pathogens in clinical and environmental samples

 

 


A.H. Muhammad Siddique-E-Akbor    2010

Tennessee Tech University, Dept of Civil & Environmental Engineering

From Bangladesh, Using HEC-RAS models, will conduct an error analysis through the virtual-SWAT mission to understand the accuracy of SWOT- observed rain and river discharge relating to the Ganges river basin.

 

 


Gideon Sarpong    2010

New Mexico Tech, Civil & Environmental Engineering

From Ghana, Gideon is researching low cost local alternatives to industrial chemicals for waste water treatment. Indigenous plant mediums for coagulation/flocculation in lieu of alum, and solar electrolysis sterilization in lieu of chlorine.  His thesis is titled (Use of Low Technology To Treat Surface Water In Developing Countries)

 


2009 STUDENTS

Acknowledgement 2009
We would like to thank Liang Wang, of 2005 for his generous donation to The Ivanhoe Foundation


C.Pascale Warren    2009

Utah State University, Dept of Wildland Resources

From Haiti, Utilizing isotope laboratory research to determine if water utilization patterns determine why abandoned farm land does not return to native vegetation

 

 


Norma Moreno    2009

University of Houston, Dept of Civil & Environmental Engineering

From Columbia, Focusing on environmental modeling; utilizing the HSPF numerical water quality model focusing on pathogen contamination and remediation in Bayou environments

 

 


Chinyere Mbachu    2009

Tennessee Tech, Dept of Chemical Engineering

From Nigeria, Investigating the use of pulsed corona discharges to eliminate pollutants from drinking water.

 

 


Chandana Damodaram    2009

Texas A&M, Dept of Environmental & Water Resources Engineering

From India, Is helping design an optimization program for the development of low-impact strategies preventing storm erosion.

 

 


Pamela Gallo    2009

University of Arizona, Dept of Soil, Water & Environmental Science

From Peru, Characterizing and computer modeling of fluid flow in mine-tailing and other engineered soil materials

 

 


Hari Peethambaram    2009

Clemson University, Dept of Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences

From India, Is researching low cost organic remediation solutions to treating chlorinated solvents in fractured limestone

 

 


Shreyas Erapalli    2009

Texas A&M, Environmental & Water Resources Engineering

From India, Working on metal-oxide coatings to improve the arsenic removing characteristics of ceramic water filters

 

 


Gideon Sarpong    2009

New Mexico Tech, Civil & Environmental Engineering

From Ghana, Gideon is researching low cost local alternatives to industrial chemicals for waste water treatment. Indigenous plant mediums for coagulation/flocculation in lieu of alum, and solar electrolysis sterilization in lieu of chlorine.  His thesis is titled (Use of Low Technology To Treat Surface Water In Developing Countries)

 


2008 STUDENTS

Acknowledgement 2008
We would like to thank Liang Wang, of 2005 for his generous donation to The Ivanhoe Foundation


Rishab Mahajan    2008

University of Cincinnati, Civil & Environmental Engineering

From India, Working on models relating to rainfall/runoff patterns in urban watersheds to enteric pathogen discharges due to storm induced overflows of raw domestic sewage impacting drinking water supplies


 


Ali Baharanyi    2008

Auburn, Biosystems engineering

From Congo, Studying the impact of erosion and sediment controls for mitigation of soil loss and nutrient runoff into water sources

 

 


Oubeid Aziz    2008

University of Wyoming, Civil and Environmental Engineering

From Comoros, Applying singular value decomposition techniques to research climatic variability on western snowpack watersheds.

 

 


Laurent Ahiablame    2008

Purdue University Dept of Agriculture & Biological Engineering

From Togo, Studying the area of nutrient transport and dynamics in drainage and natural stream system. Increasing the fundamental knowledge of how various biotic and abiotic processes control nutrient dynamics in drainage /streams. This information is needed in anticipation of land use changes related to biofuel agriculture, and its foreseeable impacts on water quality.

 


Kinwai Tai    2008

New Mexico Tech, Earth & Enviromental Sciences

From Hong Kong, studying off-line coupling of numerical weather models with hydrological simulations for improved weather and flood forecasts.

 

 


Allison Neptune    2008

Utah State University, Department of Civil Environmental; Engineering

From Grenada, is working toward improving Grenada's wastewater practices to eliminate ocean outfall of untreated wastewater, including programs of public education in water conservation. He has been awarded a second scholarship for continuing research.


 


Mohammad Chowdhury    2008

Electrical Engineering, Tennessee Technological University

I am from Bangladesh and working on improving the spatial mapping of arsenic contamination in ground water. My research is introducing Artificial Neural Network as a technique to provide more accurate spatial estimate of the arsenic concentration using limited amount of measurements.



 


Saumya Sarker    2008

Clemson University, Environmental Engineering & Science

From India, is modeling hydrological systems and non-point source pollution to determine the positive or negative impact on water bodies given changes in land use patterns after adoption of energy crops.
 


 


2007 STUDENTS

Lu Sun    2007

Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Science

From China, Studying redox of cobalt in freshwater to gain some insight on the natural ligands in harmful algae blooms. Cobalt is an essential nutrition element in the growth of phytoplankton.


 


Luis Mendez-Barroso    2007

New Mexico Tech, Earth & Enviromental Sciences

From Mexico, is researching monsoon hydrology via spatiotemporal analysis of soil moisture and evapotranspiration in semiarid regions.







Jesus Gomez Velez    2007

New Mexico Tech, Earth & Environmental Sciences

From Colombia, studying the effects soil hydrology on landmines sensors to improve the dectection of landmines in rural areas.







Malavika Tripathi    2007

University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources and Environmental

From India, studying in an interdisciplinary program researching life cycle analysis for energy assessment of water and wastewater systems.







Angelica Varquez-ortega    2007

University of Arizona, Department of Environmental Chemistry

From Puerto Rico, studying drought & metal tolerant plants to phyostabilize the metal contaminants in mine tailing. The object is to reduce the contamination in desert water systems.






Alicia Paz-solis    2007

University of New Mexico, Department of Civil Engineering, Water Reesources Program

From Peru, a interdisciplinary Water Resource Master, This is a combination of engineering, secondary education and Water Resource management.






Allison Neptune    2007

Utah State University, Department of Civil Environmental; Engineering

From Grenada, is working toward improving Grenada's wastewater practices to eliminate ocean outfall of untreated wastewater, including programs of public education in water conservation.






2006 STUDENTS

Mohamed H. Adel-Hafez    2006

Utah State University, Department of Civil Environmental; Engineering

From Egypt, with a background in river hydraulics network monitoring, he is working on web based interfaces for lake level water models.







Patrick Andrew    2006

Utah State University, College of Engineering Water Research Laboratory

From St Lucia, is working on septic and non-septic sewage systems for individual users.







Archana Venkatarmann    2006

University of Houston, Department of Civil Environmental Engineering

From India, she is studying electro coagulation micro filtration for virus removal from drinking water.


Receives Fellowship for Work in Water Purification


 

Mahesh Dhanushkodi    2006

New Mexico State University, Department of Chemical Engineering

From India, is working on solar desalination of brackish water, using membrane distillation and dew evaporation processes.







Ting Lu    2006

University of Cincinnati Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

From China, is working on sewage treating growth limiting substrates in biofilm reactors.







Adetona Olorunfemi    2006

Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

From Nigeria, studying water pollution factors for individual user cistern systems.

 

 


Nitin Katiyar    2006

Tennessee Tech University Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

From India, developing computer models for real-time raifall monitoring for flood prediction in international transboundary rain basin.







2005 STUDENTS

Richa Srivastava    2005

University of Arkansas Department of Biological & Agricultural Engineering

From India, identifying and modeling remote sources of sedimentation contaminating water supplies in streams and lakes. Her work focused on utilizing remote sensor systems.






Liang Wang    2005

Syracuse University College of Engineering & Computer Science

From China, studying coagulation processes and mediums as affected by natural organic materials. Evaluating computerized models to expedite testing times for waste treatment processing.






Jesus del Ruelas lslas    2005

University of Arizona Department of Soil Water & Environmental Science

From Mexico, studying dry land farming irrigation methods for xerophilous environments. Soil depletion and desertification are an increasing problem worldwide.






Carlos Soto Lopez    2005

University of Arizona, Department of Hydrology & Water Resources

From Puerto Rico, studying climate change and land use changes in stream sedimentation and how it affects water utilization in semi-arid riparian systems.







Ha Huang    2005

University of Cincinnati Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

From China, studying the degradation of percolates in ground water, with the goal of finding efficient and cost effective water treatments to remove thyroid impairing contaminates.






Undenika Wijesinghe    2005

Auburn University Department of Agronomy and Soils

From Sri Lanka, studying molecular approaches to identify sources of fecal contamination in major rivers. Studying methods utilizing rep-PCR DNA to fingerprint sources.






Prajwal Vikram    2005

New Mexico State University, Department of Chemical Engineering

From India, doing research on desalination of brackish water using membrane distillation and reverse osmosis. This research utilizes solar energy for cost control, and removing pathogens and other contaminates from drinking water.






Rodrigo Almeida    2005

Texas A&M Department of Physical & Life Sciences

From Brazil, doing research focusing on culturing marine shrimp under bio-secure conditions with limited water discharge to control disease and water consumption.






Owais Farooqi    2005

Virginia Tech Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

From India, doing advanced studies in corrosion affecting water carrying materials used in both industrial and domestic plumbing. This research will also investigate possible side affects of newer plastic plumbing products.






2004 STUDENTS

Prabha, Manikya Mellancheruvu    2004

Tennessee Tech Department of Chemical Engineering

From India, studying electric field flow fractionation. The water infrastructure of India is overwhelmed by the growth of population and industry, with both biological and industrial contamination. She is working toward the development of pocket-portable water analysis instruments.





Ibrahim Nourein Mohammed    2004

Utah State University College of Engineering, Water Research Lab.

From Sudan, studying systems of water forecasting and management in semi-arid regions. Research focusing on statistical relationships of precipitation, stream flow, temperature and water resources.






Luis Javier Ransom Romo    2004

University of Arizona Dept of Soil, Water, and Environmental Science

From Mexico, studying soil fertility and water use efficiency in desert conditions for arid land management.







Jeetendra Mishra    2004

Texas A&M Agricultural Research, Shrimp Mariculture Facility

From India, studying shrimp farming under biosecured and limited discharge conditions. Strong emphasis on shrimp production with minimal water exchange while controlling viral disease.



 


2003 STUDENTS

Srilaxmi Dosapati    2003

Tennessee Tech Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

From India, studying the control of pollutants in wetlands. India has extensive wetlands and quickly developing industries, so the basic treatment of wastewater and polluition control are of increasing importance. Srilaxmi's primary field of study at Tennesse Tech utilized organic filters such as peat moss to filter agricultural pollutants.



Huruy Zerzghi    2003

University of Arizona Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science

From Eritrea, studying integrated aquaculture/agriculture using techniques that reuse effluents from fish and shrimp farming to irrigate and fertalize field crops. In Eritrea, with extremely limited supplies of potable water, food production using recycled water is critical. Before his application to the University of Arizona, he worked with the Seawater Farm project in Massawa Eritrea. Upon completion of his masters at the University of Arizona, he pursued an Internship with the Battelle Laboratories.



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