Where did you complete your undergraduate degree?
National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli in India
Please provide your lab and description of research.
I am a part of the Aquatics Chemistry Laboratory led by Dr. Daniel Giammar. My research is focused on the impact of water quality changes on lead release from lead-based plumbing materials into drinking water.
What played into your decision to get a graduate engineering degree?
After being a part of research projects aimed at water treatment in my undergraduate studies, my interests in this field only grew. I wanted to advance my research interests in the field of chemical engineering to be able to find solutions for emerging environmental problems. To explore further with advanced skills and expertise, a graduate engineering degree seemed to be a logical step.
Why did you pick WashU?
The research opportunities in the Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering at WashU were so interdisciplinary that I had to apply. To be able to conduct research at the nexus of these fields at the graduate level is, in itself, a great achievement.
What advice would you give to a new student?
My advice to a new student is to interact with the folks at WashU. They are very welcoming and will make you feel at home.
What is your favorite thing about St. Louis?
Forest Park and the St. Louis Zoo
What campus activities or groups would you recommend to a new student?
International Friends: Washington University and SLU
What are your plans for the future?
I would like to be able to find answers and solutions to emerging challenges in water treatment with all the expertise that I have gained so far, either in an academic or non-academic setup.