Advisor: Bruce Logan, Pennsylvania State University
Roland Cusick completed his M.S. degree in August 2010, and published the paper "Performance of a pilot‐scale continuous flow microbial electrolysis cell fed winery wastewater" in Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology. Mr. Cusick has completed all course requirements for his PhD, and this summer will (or has) defended his dissertation. The pilot scale research described in the journal paper garnered national media attention, as it was the first test of such a large reactor based on microbial current generation.
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This award is given annually to recognize a student whose research contributes to the knowledge pool of industrial wastewater management. The award selection will be based on original, innovative research of publishable quality and other factors as provided below.
Both Master’s and Ph.D. students are eligible. The award will consist of a plaque and a cash honorarium of $1,500.00 for the student and a plaque for the major faculty advisor. A $500.00 travel allotment to student recipients who attend the AAEES awards ceremony will also be provided. This award selection committee is administered jointly by AEESP and AAEES, and is co-sponsored by HDR. Eligible applicants will be judged based on academic program performance (45%), professional or community service (15%), engineering project accomplishment (25%), purpose and goals (10%), and any other evidence provided (5%).
Electronic nomination packages should include: (1) A letter from the faculty advisor of the applicant, indicating that the applicant has completed all substantive requirements for the graduate degree sought, and has earned a minimum GPA of 3.3/4 in the current program, (2) Documented successful completion of the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam, (3) Two academic letters of recommendation, detailing the contributions of the research to the profession, (4) Copy of a publication (or manuscript submitted for publication) derived from the subject research for which the applicant is the first author – 25 page limit, (5) A professional resume of the student applicant, listing all professional affiliations, publications, honors, service, and relevant experience, and (6) An applicant prepared statement of professional purpose in pursuing the graduate degree and goals for the first five years of professional practice – (limit 500 words).
Questions may be directed to the Chair of the W. Wesley Eckenfelder Graduate Research Award committee:
Professor James R. Mihelcic
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of South Florida
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Tel: 813-974-9896
Professor Wesley Eckenfelder, Jr. is considered the “godfather” of industrial wastewater management. He was a great colleague and mentor to numerous practitioners, professors, and students. His prolific contributions to the environmental engineering discipline included writing over thirty books, serving as a principal in several environmental engineering firms, and receiving twenty-eight awards from a wide range of professional societies. In addition, Dr. Eckenfelder was an accomplished professor with a teaching career that included positions at Manhattan College, the University of Texas at Austin, and Vanderbilt University. He was known internationally as an early developer and innovator of biological treatment technology that is now considered a standard skill employed by practicing professionals, worldwide.