Two doctoral students from the Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering won poster awards at the Missouri Joint Conference of the Missouri section of the American Water Works Association and the Missouri Water Environment Association.

Weiyi Pan won first place in the Fresh Ideas Student Poster competition. Pan is a doctoral student in the lab of Daniel Giammar, the Walter E. Browne Professor of Environmental Engineering. Pan’s poster, titled “Ability to Evaluate Lead Exposure from Tap Water with Point-of-Use Filters,” highlighted his research on the opportunities and challenges of point-of-use filter for lead removal from tap water.

“I was surprised and honored to learn I won first place because the poster competition was competitive, and there were other excellent posters,” Pan said. “I would like to thank Dr. Daniel Giammar, my PI, and Dr. Jason He, the faculty adviser of the Environmental Engineering Students Association.”

Pan will represent Washington University in St. Louis and the Missouri AWWA section at the national AWWA annual conference and exposition in June in San Antonio.

Zixuan Wang won third place with his poster titled "Wastewater Nutrient Medium Extracted by a Microbial Electrochemical System Enhanced Microalgae Cultivation.” Wang is a doctoral student in the lab of Zhen (Jason) He, professor of energy, environmental & chemical engineering, where he uses electrochemical processes and membrane technologies to extract and purify wastewater nutrients to produce products such as microalgae biomass and fertilizer.

“I was excited to learn about the awards,” Wang said. “This is my second time attending a student poster competition, and each experience helps me grow and reflect on how to tell my story better. I greatly appreciate the opportunity to let more people know what we are doing in the lab.”

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