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Ustav Shashvatt

Utsav Shashvatt PHOTO 150x150“The graduate committee is a small but very active in providing opportunities for skill development. I have been involved in both professional development and social activities on the campus.”

 

Hometown: Patna, Bihar, India

Degree Program: Environmental Engineering (Ph.D.)

Faculty Advisor: Lee Blaney

Thesis/research topic: Recovery of phosphorus from waste streams using Donnan membrane principle

Undergraduate Study:
2012, B.Tech., Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

Why did you decide to attend UMBC?
I was interested in doing my Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering, UMBC has a strong Environmental Engineering Program. Additionally, the Chemical, Biochemical and Environmental Engineering department provided with full financial support for pursuing my graduate studies.

What are some of the benefits of being part of the graduate community at UMBC?
The graduate committee is a small but very active in providing opportunities for skill development. I have been involved in both professional development and social activities on the campus. The presence of grad student and strong association allows the voice of grad students to heard on the larger stage. Additionally, the grad student association provides financial aid for students for professional activities such as the attending conferences and travelling for research.

What is your favorite thing about UMBC?
UMBC is a close-knit academic institution. It is easy to be in touch with the students as well as the administrative community. The small campus allows navigating traveling through the campus. Residing in Baltimore allows exploring the city, as well as the rural regions. Additionally, traveling to bigger cities like New York and Washington DC is easy from Baltimore..

Briefly describe your graduate research and its purpose/applications.
I am working in the area of wastewater treatment. We are looking into novel methods for recovering nutrients such as phosphorus and nitrogen from the anthropogenic waste streams such as municipal wastewater and agricultural waste. The development of effective treatment and recovering technologies will enable a reduction in pollution in the environment.

Have you worked on any specific research projects (including any opportunity to publish or present your research) that you would like to highlight?

I have worked on two technologies for recovering phosphorus from poultry litter. I have presented at national conferences such as organized by American chemical society and published a book chapter.

What are your plans after you complete your degree at UMBC?
I plan to work in an industry devoted to research and development for wastewater treatment infrastructure.

When you are not teaching/researching, what are your hobbies or interests?
I enjoy portrait photography, gardening, cooking, and biking.


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