UA SBRP Training Core student, Fernando Alday (advisor, Wendell P. Ela) has been awarded a $1000 academic scholarship from Anchor Environmental, L.L.C, an environmental science and engineering consulting firm.
Fernando is pursuing a PhD in Environmental Engineering and plans to graduate in December of 2009. Currently, Fernando is investigating the feasibility of Biomineralization to control iron and arsenic leaching from arsenic-bearing solid residuals (ABSR) being disposed of in Municipal Solid Waste Landfills. With the overall goal of stabilizing arsenic in a recalcitrant crystalline mineral phase, Biomineralization is an engineered process where leach resistant arsenic/iron minerals could be generated and used either as a pretreatment prior to ABSR disposal, or as a process to stabilize previously landfilled ABSR.
Once Fernando completes his PhD, he hopes to become an engineer at a consulting firm and conduct studies in partnership with industries and academic institutions to find more applications of environmentally friendly technologies such as biomineralization and bioremediation.
Please join the UA SBRP in congratulating Fernando, not only for this impressive award, but also for his academic merit.