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Utsav Shashvatt

“UMBC has a strong research focus and active faculty mentorship. The CBEE department offer environmental engineering with faculty working on solving important environmental challenges.”

 

Hometown: India

Degree Program/Post-Baccalaureate Certificate: Environmental Engineering (PhD)

Expected year of graduation: 2019

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Lee Blaney

Thesis/research topic: Nutrient Extraction and Recovery From Animal Manure

Undergraduate Study (Year, Degree, Institution):
2012, Bachelore of Technology, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

Why did you decide to attend UMBC? And why did you choose your program in particular?
UMBC has a strong research focus and active faculty mentorship. The CBEE department offer environmental engineering with faculty working on solving important environmental challenges.

What are some of the benefits of being part of the graduate community at UMBC?
Grad community is a close knit group with strong support for each other. The grad student organization is very active and supports the needs of the grad students in UMBC.

What is your favorite thing about UMBC? Your favorite thing about Baltimore?
Small campus of UMBC makes everything within reach. I like to attend the weekly yoga classes in RAC. I like the people of Baltimore.

Briefly describe your graduate research and its purpose/applications.
It focuses on understanding the fundamental chemistry of animal waste particularly poultry litter. Furthermore, we extract and recovery nutrients such as phosphorus and nitrogen from waste. This will help to stop of influx of excessive nutrients in the water bodies and prevent eutrophication.

What are your plans after graduation from UMBC?
I will like to improve my knowledge set through associating with a research group working on environmental issues.

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