Published May 9, 2018
Abdulrahman Hassaballah won first place for his research poster titled “Inactivation of E.Coli, Enterococcus spp. and somatic coliphage in secondary wastewater by peracetic acid (PAA), sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl) and ultraviolet (UV) light.”
The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) poster competition featured thirteen students from the eight departments throughout the school. Hassaballah also earned second place in the Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering Department’s graduate poster competition, which gave him the opportunity to participate in this larger contest. His research explores new disinfection technologies for water resource recovery facilities.
“Peracetic acid is not popular or well-known in wastewater industries. Its biggest advantage is that it is less harmful to aquatic life.” Hassaballah says. “I’m trying to see how PAA compares with traditionally used chlorine at removing pathogens or microorganisms that can indicate whether our water is polluted. This research will help managers make more informed decisions on how we treat our wastewater.”
Hassaballah came to UB during the previous academic year. In 2017, he received the Robert P. Apmann Memorial Award, given to outstanding first year graduate students in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering. He also won first prize in the poster competition at the New York Water Environment Association, Inc. (NYWEA) conference in New York City, and received second place in the department's poster competition last month.
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Ning Dai, assistant professor received an NSF CAREER award for her proposal titled: CAREER: Impacts of Marine Algal Blooms on Disinfection By-Product Formation in Seawater Desalination. For more information about her award and abstract, Click Here. To read more about the NSF CAREER Awards, Follow this link