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Adam Smith Winner of Student Whitepaper Competition

CEE graduate student Adam Smith was the 2011 winner of a student whitepaper competition sponsored by the Groundwater Action Group (GWAG) at Geosyntec Consultants. | Short Read

Adam is a PhD candidate co-advised by Professors Lutgarde Raskin and Steve Skerlos.

Adam earned a trip to a technical conference this year for his winning paper, Low-strength Wastewater Treatment using Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactors at Psychrophilic Temperatures. He also presented his findings during a webinar for the members of Geosyntec’s GWAG in October. Adam’s whitepaper described a novel process for domestic wastewater (DWW) treatment using anaerobic membrane bioreactors (AnMBRs) that offers more sustainable attributes and uses less energy than more conventional processes using aerobic treatment methods. When compared to other, more traditional DWW treatment methods, Adam’s research found that AnMBRs produce methane in quantities that are recoverable as a renewable energy source; save energy by eliminating the need for water aeration; and generate a fraction of the amount of residual waste.

Each year, the GWAG’s student whitepaper committee invites entries from master’s level and doctorate level students representing several outstanding university research programs across the United States whose curriculum examines water and industrial wastewater engineering; groundwater hydrogeology; geochemistry; and the assessment and treatment of groundwater contaminants. The intent of the competition is to identify and reward students performing advanced research related to these areas. News release provided by Geosyntec Consultants

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The electrons absorb laser light and set up “momentum combs” (the hills) spanning the energy valleys within the material (the red line). When the electrons have an energy allowed by the quantum mechanical structure of the material—and also touch the edge of the valley—they emit light. This is why some teeth of the combs are bright and some are dark. By measuring the emitted light and precisely locating its source, the research mapped out the energy valleys in a 2D crystal of tungsten diselenide. Credit: Markus Borsch, Quantum Science Theory Lab, University of Michigan.

Mapping quantum structures with light to unlock their capabilities

Rather than installing new “2D” semiconductors in devices to see what they can do, this new method puts them through their paces with lasers and light detectors. | Medium Read