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Professor Lutgarde Raskin selected as a Fellow for International Water Association

Professor Lutgarde Raskin has been chosen to be a fellow based on her contributions to the International Water Association. | Short Read

Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Lutgarde Raskin has been accepted by the International Water Association (IWA) as a new IWA Fellow.

Dr. Raskin’s Fellow nomination was reviewed by the IWA Fellow Steering Committee and was approved by the IWA Board of Directors. The IWA Fellows are recognized as individuals who have sustained outstanding contribution to the water profession, and deliver the IWA’s mission of creating a water wise world.

IWA Fellows are appointed for an initial period of 5 years. During that time, Fellows represent the IWA through relevant activities, events and meetings, and support the IWA’s mission and leadership in the implementation of the organization’s strategic plan. Some examples of relevant activities are organizing regional workshops with IWA utilities and developing feature articles to be published in IWA’s flagship magazine.

Professor Raskin’s research interests are on a variety of biological water and wastewater treatment processes. Much of her research interests are on application areas such as anaerobic biological treatment, sustainable aquaculture systems, biofiltration and biofilm systems for drinking water treatment. Her research also focuses on environmental microbiology in areas such as antimicrobials and antimicrobial resistance in the environment and in biological treatment systems, sulfate-reducing, perchlorate-reducing, and arsenate-reducing microbes, nitrification, and foaming in activated sludge systems.

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    Lutgarde Raskin

    Altarum/ERIM Russell D O'Neal Professor of Engineering and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

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.

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