Pushpita is currently a PhD student in Civil & Environmental Engineering at Old Dominion University. She graduated from University of Akron, Ohio with a Master’s of Science in Civil Engineering in 2013. Her Master’s thesis was based on transformation of pharmaceuticals during drinking and waste water treatment. This was an NSF funded project and the goal of the project was to evaluate the formation mechanisms of iodinated disinfection by-products from x-ray contrast media.Pushpita started working as a volunteer student lead for participating at a nationwide design competition called “P3 – People, Prosperity and the Planet” organized by USEPA. Inspired by the water crisis in Flint, Michigan Pushpita’s team proposed to design and develop a low-cost household water filter using biochar to introduce a user-friendly cost effective system for removing lead from drinking water.
The ODU team, along with other Phase I teams, shared their research at the National Sustainable Design Expo in Washington, DC. Later on Pushpita kept conducting her research on other sustainable solution using biochar for different environmental issues. She is working on developing an engineered solution by biochar to treat landfill leachate and stormwater to lower down the concentration of contaminants to the acceptable limit of discharge. Also she is working on functionalization of biochar to improve Chromium removal efficiency from tannery wastewater.
M.S in Civil Engineering, University of Akron