Kerry Black wins Student Best Paper Award at 2011 AWWA Membrane Technology Conference

Students from Canada earn paper awards

Kelley Black (left) receives a best-paper award from Jonathan Pressman Black at the Membrane Technology Conference.

Two students from Canadian universities were each awarded $1,500 best-paper prizes at the conclusion of the AWWA Membrane Technology Conference in Long Beach, Calif., March 31.

Kerry Black won for her paper, “Effect of Biological Activated Carbon Filters on the Removal of Biodegradable NOM, Molecular Weight & Membrane Fouling.” She is studying at the University of British Columbia, and her advisor is Pierre R. Bérubé.

The other winner is Ahmed Mohamed El-Hadidy from the University of Waterloo. His paper was titled “Determining Membrane Pore Structure by Atomic Force Microscopy Using a Novel Data Analysis Technique.” His advisors are Peter M. Huck, Sigrid Peldszus and Michele Van Dyke.

The awards were presented at the conclusion of the conference by Jonathan Pressman from the research branch of the US Environmental Protection Agency in Cincinnati. A trustee for the AWWA Water Quality & Technology Division, he has headed up the Student Best Papers Award committees for the past four membrane technology conferences.

Student papers are rated prior to the conference, and judges (primarily members of the conference planning committee) attend the contestants’ presentations at the conference before making the final decision. The awards are based on both the quality of the paper and the presentation. Poster presentations as well as session presentations are eligible.

Posted: 04/19/2001

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