Learn how to turn waste into resources at Loyola Major Seminary – Newsroom
Loyola University of Maryland will host Major Seminar 2022 with guest speaker Kartik Chandran, Ph.D., professor of earth and environmental engineering at Columbia University, who will present “The Cycle of ‘Waste ‘ reimagined: pathways, protagonists, process’. The seminar will take place on Tuesday, November 8 at 6 p.m. in McGuire Hall at Loyola’s Andrew White Student Center.
Chandran received a MacArthur Fellowship, known as the “Genius Grant”, for his research on bioengineering microbial communities to turn pollution wastewater into valuable products, such as basic chemicals, energy sources and fertilizers. His research and practical applications demonstrate the hidden value of wastewater, conserving vital resources and protecting public health.
“As the need for creative solutions for waste management and sustainability becomes increasingly clear, we are proud to welcome Dr. Chandran to Loyola to share his groundbreaking research,” said Bahram Roughani, Ph.D. , associate dean for natural and applied sciences at Loyola. “Through the power of microbes, Dr. Chandran is discovering how to turn chaff into gold, so to speak, with huge implications for the future of waste management and resource recovery.”
Chandran has received a fellowship from the Water Environment Federation, the Paul L. Busch Award from the Water Research Foundation, and a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation. He holds a PhD in Environmental Engineering from the University of Connecticut and a BS in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee.
The Grand Seminar will begin with a reception, awards ceremony and presentation of student research posters at 5:00 p.m., followed by a lecture. Loyola’s Natural and Applied Sciences Division will present an alumnus award to Adam Phillippy, 2002, senior scientist at the National Human Genome Research Institute.
To learn more and register for the Grand Seminar, visit www.loyola.edu/grandseminar. The event is free and open to the public.