I am excited about the idea of teaching school children how to use
science andmathematics as a tool to investigate issues in environmental
engineering, environmental risk analysis, and sustainable development.
My research interests lie in the field of bioremediation of synthetic
organic pollutants, the fate and transport of pollutants in the environment,
the environmental risk from human exposure to dangerous pollutants,
and pursuing ways to reduce environmental degradation with sustainable
technologies. I am currently conducting experiments with bacteria
that degrade dichloroethene and vinyl chloride. I am investigating
how the bacteria utilize and transform these organic pollutants into
innocuous substances. I am also interested in pursuing research in
the field of biofuel (such as methane ethanol and hydrogen) production.
I would like to teach the application of math and science to both
understanding and improving the environment. I can imagine, for example,
developing instructional modules illustrating the way in which pollutants
migrate in groundwater and how engineered strategies for their remediation
might be evaluated. Additional possibilities include conducting a
risk assessment study about how migrating pollutants might cause cancer
in humans, or teaching how a systems approach could be used to evaluate
the generation of biogas from waste materials.