Every month we will be posting updates on current and previous SAGE fellows. This month’s feature fellows are Jeremy Faludi and Jennifer Lawrence.
Jeremy Faludi has just started as an assistant professor of engineering at Dartmouth. There he is continuing his research on the environmental impacts of 3D printing; his chapter in the OECD book “The Next Production Revolution” was published over the summer, and he now has a PhD student beginning to investigate compostable biomaterials that enable low-energy 3D printing (rather than melting plastics or metals). He also continues his work on green product design methodology. He recently presented a paper at the ICED conference, “What Green Design Activities and Mindsets Drive Innovation and Sustainability in Student Teams?” Finally, he has a grant from VentureWell to add sustainable design training to their website, encouraging university entrepreneurs to invent greener products and services. He is interested in finding partners for research projects related to sustainable design methods and green 3D printing.
Jennifer Lawrence is interested in the development of microbial technologies for sustainable water and wastewater treatment. She is currently a PhD Candidate in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, within the Alvarez-Cohen Research Group. There, she is studying the interactions among microorganisms within an anaerobic ammonium oxidation (anammox) reactor to better understand the reactor’s performance. Ultimately, this research will inform and increase the efficiency of reactive nitrogen removal from municipal wastewater effluent streams.
Since 2015, Jennifer has also been an active member of the Engineers Without Borders – San Francisco Professional Chapter, and in 2017 she became co-manager of the Fiji Project Team. In collaboration with her team members, Jennifer is working with a rural Fijian community to improve their access to safe and reliable drinking water through the implementation of small, community-led water improvement projects.