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Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Student selected for award at Air and Waste Management Conference

June 15, 2017

Morgan Mitchell (left) and Peter Schubert (right)

Morgan Mitchell (left) and Peter Schubert (right)

Morgan Mitchell, a student majoring in Energy Engineering at the School of Engineering and Technology, IUPUI, was awarded 2nd place for her poster presentation at the 110th Annual Conference & Exhibition held by the Air and Waste Management Association (AWMA).

The 110th Annual Conference & Exhibition hosted by the AWMA is a great opportunity for students to get the latest technical information and have their voices heard by academicians, government and industry leaders. Current and future environmental professionals have the chance to network with colleagues in the field, present and publish their work, and further their professional education.

The purpose of Mitchell’s project is to use renewable energy to remove contamination from soil without extensive excavation. Using renewable energy will allow her to eradicate the contamination by concentrating it over the course of 40 days. Over the process, the soil will be cleaned, leaving only a small amount will be removed and destroyed. If successful, the result is a much more cost-effective and less damaging way to save soil and remove dangerous elements from contaminated soil and groundwater. Ultimately this will give people, in contaminated areas, restored access to clean water.

Mitchell also received the Commitment to Engineering Excellence scholarship. This scholarship gives preference to underrepresented students, specifically women and minority students whose presence will enhance the learning environment through increased diversity in the School of Engineering and Technology. Students must be directly admitted to the School of Engineering and Technology in an engineering or engineering technology program.