Graduate student wins award at national water conferenceA graduate student in the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineerin...

Graduate student wins award at national water conferenceA graduate student in the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineerin...Graduate student wins award at national water conference
A graduate student in the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering won a national award for her presentation at the American Water Works Association (AWWA) ACE22 conference, held recently in San Antonio, Texas.

Master’s student Natalie Gayuso presented “Techno-Economic Analysis of Condensation-Based Atmospheric Water Harvesting” at the Fresh Ideas poster session and received second place.

Gayuso, who is studying with assistant professor Anjali Mulchandani, said the presentation was similar to her master’s thesis work, looking at the economic data surrounding the emerging technology of atmospheric water harvesting. Atmospheric water harvesting involves using technology that is essentially a dehumidifier to extract extra moisture from the atmosphere as an alternative water source.

“There is not a lot of data on this process,” she said. “My work blends research with the cost perspective, looking at the cost of producing water in different regions, from arid to tropical.”