“The graduate community in UMBC is very active, the student association provides a number of opportunities for graduate students to excel on this path. The community is small, therefore is possible to have more intimate mentoring possible form the faculty.”
Hometown: New Delhi, Delhi, India
Degree Program: Environmental Engineering (Ph.D.)
Faculty Advisor: Lee Blaney
Thesis/research topic: Developing novel technologies for recovering nutrients from agricultural waste
2012, B.Tech., Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
Why did you decide to attend UMBC?
I had positive feedback on the research program at UMBC from my previous advisor. In addition, UMBC was providing the highest financial aid to support my graduate studies. The Environmental Engineering program especially attracted me based on my interest in this field. The faculty research profiles in this program offered diverse options to chose from for gaining expertise in a particular field.
What are some of the benefits of being part of the graduate community at UMBC?
The graduate community in UMBC is very active, the student association provides a number of opportunities for graduate students to excel on this path. The community is small, therefore is possible to have more intimate mentoring possible form the faculty.
What is your favorite thing about UMBC?
Small campus allows access to a large number of facilities on campus. A lot of recreational options on campus allows me to escape for a little bit and recharge myself.
Briefly describe your graduate research and its purpose/applications.
This research strives to innovate the treatment and recovery methods for recovering valuable nutrients from waste streams. In this study we are particularly focussing recovering phosphorus and nitrogen from poultry litter and swine slurries. As a result of this, we will prevent these nutrients from getting wasted and convert them into valuable minerals that can be used as fertilizers in nutrient deficient soils. The potential for implementation of such technologies is immense as the world is resources are getting exhausted at a rapid rate.
Have you worked on any specific research projects (including any opportunity to publish or present your research) that you would like to highlight?
I am an author for a book chapter titled and presented at both national and regional conferences.
Shashvatt, U.; Aris, H.; Blaney, L. Evaluation of animal manure composition for protection of sensitive water supplies through nutrient recovery processes. Book chapter, in “Chemistry and Water: The Science Behind Sustaining the World’s Most Crucial Resource” edited by Satinder Ahuja (Elsevier)
1. Aris, H.; Shashvatt, U.; Benoit, J.; Blaney, L. Recovery of nutrients from chicken litter to create a slow release fertilizer. 20th Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day (Baltimore, MD), April 27, 2016.
2. Shashvatt, U.; Rogers, N.; Aris, H.; Benoit, J.; Blaney,L. Development of an automated nutrient recovery process for recovering phosphorus form poultry litter. 38th Graduate Research Conference (Baltimore, MD), March 14, 2016
3. Shashvatt, U.; Rogers, N.; Aris, H.; Blaney,L. Recovering phosphorus from poultry litter: A step towards improving food security and protecting ecologically sensitive water bodies. 251st American Chemical Society Annual Meeting (San Diego, CA), March 14, 2016
4. Shashvatt, U.; Blaney, L. Preventing nutrient influx in coastal watersheds by recovering the nutrients from poultry litter. Geological Society of America Annual Meeting (Baltimore, MD) Nov 3-4, 2015
5. Kemper, J.; Shashvatt, U.; Stapleton, E.; Hopanna, M. Design Proposal for the Broadwater Water Reclamation Facility Enhanced Nutrient Removal Upgrade and Expansion. Water Environment Federation Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference (Chicago, IL), Sept 26, 2015
6. Shashvatt, U.; Mangalgiri, K.P.; Blaney, L. Recovering phosphorus from poultry litter: Impact of organic matter on recovery. 250th American Chemical Society Annual Meeting (Boston, MA), August 20, 2015.
7. Mangalgiri, K.P.; Shashvatt, U.; Blaney, L. Phosphorus recovery from poultry litter using a two-stage treatment process. Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors Research and Education Conference (New Haven, CT), June 15, 2015.
8. Kemper, J.; Shashvatt, U.; Stapleton, E.; Hopanna, M.; Rogers, N.; Burton, R. Design Proposal for the Broadwater Water Reclamation Facility Enhanced Nutrient Removal Upgrade and Expansion. Chesapeake Water Environment Association Annual Meeting (Annapolis, MD), May 15, 2015.
What are your plans after you complete your degree at UMBC?
I plan to get back to India, and tap into the opportunities offered in the area of environmental science and engineering. India is witnessing a rapid economic growth, but also foresees a sustainable future. Thus will need professionals who can fabricate strong science based policies.
When you are not teaching/researching, what are your hobbies or interests?
I am a photographer, like to grow some of my food, and love to create art.