Previous Scholars

Amirhossein Rezaei Adaryani

University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Ph.D.
EREF Scholar 2016

Biodegradation of Contaminants of Emerging Concern by White-rot Fungi in Municipal Leachate


Rarosue Amaraibi

University of South Florida, MS
EREF Scholar 2018

Optimization of Biogas Production by Improving the Amount of Surface Area within a Digester


Vinny Anderson

2016 Carl J. Apicella Scholarship

An Integrated Forward Osmosis-Membrane Distillation Membrane Process for Flue Gas Desulfurization Wastewater Treatment


Shahzeen Attari

2005 Fiessinger Scholarship

Global Climate Change and Human Behavior: Decreasing Energy Consumption


Nicole Berge

2004 Fiessinger Scholarship

Full-Scale Management of Nitrogen at a Bioreactor Landfill


Ashley Berninghaus

Oregon State University, Ph.D.
Evergreen Surety Bond Scholar 2019

Anaerobic Co-digestion of Organic Solid Waste for Increased Methane Production


Annesh Borthakur

2021 EREF Scholarship

Polymer Modified Expanded Clays for the Treatment of Landfill Leachate


Sampurna Datta Bhattacharya

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Ph.D.
EREF Scholar 2017

Transformative Shift of Landfills from Containment Facility to Energy Harvesting


Kyle Bibby

2009 EREF Scholarship

Using Molecular Techniques to Determine the Fate of Pathogens (e.g. viruses) in Landfill Leachates and Source Material


Stephanie Bolyard

2012 EREF Scholarship

Pump and Treat Aerobic Flushing Bioreactor Landfill


Lori Clark

SUNY Stony Brook, Ph.D.
EREF Scholar 2015

A Novel Treatment to Hydrogen Sulfide Contaminated Landfill Gas


Riley Coulthard

2016 Fiessinger Doctoral Scholarship

Carbon Nanotube Enabled Technology for Reclamation of Rare Earth Elements from Coal Combustion Residues


Mohan B. Dangi

2007 Fiessinger Scholarship

Assessing Municipal Solid Waste Streams to Illustrate Waste Composition and Generation Patterns Solid Waste Management in Kathmandu, Nepal


Monica N. Danon-Schaffer

2005 EREF Scholarship

Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers in Landfills from Electronic Waste


Tristanne Davis

2014 Carl J. Apicella Scholarship

Evolving Role of Business in Solid Waste Management


Susan DeLong

2006 Fiessinger Scholarship

Development of a Targeted Method for Sequencing Biodegradation Genes


Xunchang Fei

2013 EREF Scholarship

Paradigm for Solid Waste Containment to Active Treatment and Energy Recovery


Kurt F. Flor

2008 PTR Scholarship

Using Business to Spur Waste-to-Energy Technologies in Developing Countries


Matthew Gozun

Purdue University, MS
DCA Scholar 2021

US Household Management of Electronic Waste


Emma Guertin

North Carolina State University, MS
EREF Scholar 2021

Developing High-Yield Resilient and Robust Anaerobic Co-Digestion of Food Waste and Municipal Solid Waste


Sarah Gustitus-Graham

University of Virginia, Ph.D.
EREF Scholar 2017

Determining the Service Life of Bentonite-Polymer Geosynthetic Clay Liners Permeated with Aggressive Leachates


Carrie Harns

2010 SCS Scholarship

Mechanistic Assessment of the Mobility of Titanium Dioxide and Cerium Oxide Nanoparticles through Municipal Solid Waste Landfill Clay Liners


Morgan Higman

Florida State University, Ph.D.
Robert J. Riethmiller/PTR Baler and Compactor Scholar 2019

Evaluating Local Management Strategies for Post-disaster Waste Collection


Richard Hilliard

Oregon State University, Ph.D.
EREF Scholar 2017

Applying the Simultaneous Anammox and Denitrification (SAD) to Landfill Leachate


Shakira Hobbs

2016 EREF Scholarship

Strategic Sustainability Assessment of Enhanced Aerobic and Anaerobic Digestion of Food and Bioplastic Waste for Municipalities


Troy Hottle

2014 EREF Scholarship

Optimizing Disposal Options for Plastic Biopolymers


Nicholas Hotzelt

2015 EREF Scholarship

Landfill Leachate Valorization for Commodity Methane Generation


Syeed Md Iskander

Virginia Tech, Ph.D.
EREF Scholar 2016

An Integrated Leachate Treatment System for Removing Contaminants and Recovering Resources


Gomathy Radhakrishna Iyer

University of Texas at Arlington, Ph.D.
Evergreen Surety Bond Scholarship Scholar 2016

Development of Landfill Bio Covers from Yardwaste to Oxidize Methane Escaping Landfill


Arlene Janousek

2015 EREF Scholarship

Comparing Waste Management Impacts on Conventional vs. Organic Food Supply Chains


Megan Jaunich

North Carolina State University, Ph.D.
Lonnie C. Poole Jr./Waste Industries Scholar 2013

Developing an LCA Model for Residential/Commercial MSW Collection


Hongyue Jin

Purdue University, Ph.D.
EREF Scholar 2016

Value Recovery of Rare Earth Permanent Magnets: Economic and Environmental Impacts and Associated Pricing Strategy


Ryan Joslyn

University of Central Florida, MS
Robert P. Stearns/SCS Engineers Master’s Scholar

Field Investigation of an Elevated Temperature Florida Landfill


Olga Kachook

2015 EREF Scholarship

Integrating Zero Waste and Extended Producer Responsibility Practices into Corporate Waste


Koichi Kanaoka

2017 Robert J. Riethmiller/PTR Baler and Compactor Scholar

Opportunities, Challenges and Benefits of Increasing Waste Recovery Rates in U.S. Cities


Seth Kane

Montana State University, Ph.D.
EREF Scholar 2020

Treatment of Plastic Waste for Concrete Reinforcement to Increase Viability of Plastic Recycling in Rural Areas


Richa Karanjekar

2011 EREF Scholarship

An Improved Model for Estimating Methane Generation Rates from Landfills Based on Waste Composition, Rainfall and Ambient Temperature


Ella Kim

2013 Fiessinger Scholarship

Renewable Natural Gas from Anaerobic Digestion Processes


Junbeum Kim

2007 EREF Scholarship

Sustainable System Design for Collection and Recycling of E-waste in the United States


Kameron King

EREF Scholar 2020

Co-Digestion of Food Waste and the Aqueous Phase from Hydrothermal Carbonization of Mixed MSW


Laura Knudsen

2009 PTR Scholarship

Electronic Waste Issues and Solutions


Stephanos Koullias

2014 EREF Scholarship

Path-Dependent Nature of Waste Management and Environmental Justice Impacts


Tim Kramer

2008 SCS Scholarship

How Improved Waste Management Practices Can Tie into Carbon Markets and Create Emission Reductions


Marija Krstic

The City College of New York, Ph.D.
EREF Scholar 2016

Recycled Glass as a Supplementary Cementitious Material in High Performance Concrete


Girish Kumar

University of Illinois at Chicago, Ph.D.
EREF Scholar 2018

Numerical Modeling of Temperature Effects on Geosynthetic Interfaces in Landfill Liners


Caroline Larose

2016 Robert P. Stearns/SCS Engineers Master’s Scholarship

Material Flows: Strategies to reduce Ann Arbor’s municipal solid waste and improve diversion


Judd Larson

University of Wyoming, Ph.D.
EREF Scholar 2015

Stimulating Autoinduction of Biofilm Growth to Enhance Cellulose Stabilization


Tessa Lee

Yale University, MS
Apicella Scholar 2021

LCA of Emerging Renewable Energy Technologies to Direct R&D Funds to Improve Environmental Performance


James W. Levis

2009 Fiessinger Scholarship

The Effects of Climate Change Legislation on Solid Waste Management Operations


Vanessa Maldonado

2020 EREF Scholarship

Destructive Technologies for the Degradation of Per- and Polyfluroalkyl Substances (PFAS)


Laura Mast

2015 EREF Scholarship

Chelant-Enhanced Selective Leaching and Capture of Rare Metals from Coal Ash


Kat McCarthy

2015 SCS Scholarship

A Strategy for Organics Diversion


Theodore McMahan

2011 SCS Scholarship

Evaluating Torrefaction as a Process to Convert Organic Waste to Energy


Marcos Miranda

Ohio State University, Ph.D.
EREF Scholar 2020

Changing the Narrative Around Industrial Solid Waste By-Products


Daniel Moccia-Field

Yale University, MS
EREF Scholar 2017

Closing Resource Loops in Institutional Food Waste


Syed Muaaz-Us-Salam

Cardiff University, Ph.D.
EREF Scholar 2016

Enhanced Deligninification and Methane Generation in Waste Repositories through In-Situ Techniques – Overcoming Heterogeneity


Mira Stone Olson

2003 Fiessinger Scholarship

Bacterial Chemotaxis in Porous Media


Alexander Orlov

2001 Fiessinger Scholarship

Environmental Aspects of Heterogeneous Photocatalysis: Studies with Practical Catalysts and Model Systems


Jie Pan

2013 SCS Scholarship

Integrating E-Waste Recycling Workshops for Resource Recovery


Joo Young Park

2010 EREF Scholarship

Waste as Resources: Utilization of Coal Combustion By-products in the United States


Brent Perdue

2015 EREF Scholarship

Analysis of Municipal Landfill Diversion Ordinances

Jocelyn Plouffe

University of Manitoba, MS
SCS Scholar 2021

Methane-Oxidizing Bacteria in Landfill Cover Soil Under Extreme Seasonal Fluctuation

Serena Pozza

2016 GMI Scholarship

How Closed-loop Production Systems Can Reduce Waste


Dianjun Ren

2011 EREF Scholarship

Effect of AG Nanoparticles on Microbe Populations Found in Landfill and Ag-NP Transport through Liners


Kelsey Rodriguez

2020 EREF Scholarship

Electrochemical-based Degradation Technology for the Treatment of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in Landfill Leachates


Justin Roessler

2014 EREF Scholarship

Exploring Opportunities For The Beneficial Use of Waste to Energy Ash


Michael Sander

2003 Fiessinger Scholarship

Irreversibility of Organic Compound Sorption to Natural Organic Matter


Oral Saulters

Indiana University, Ph.D.
EREF Scholar 2014

Sustainable Waste Management in Tribal Communities


Danni (McPherron) Schaust

Indiana University Bloomington, MS
EREF Scholar 2016

A Growing Food Waste Problem: Bridging the Gap Between Wasted Resources and Wasted Food


Sierra Schupp

North Carolina State University, MS
Carl J. Apicella Scholar 2019

Methane Production and Microbial Ecology of Solid Waste in Elevated Temperature Landfills (ETLFs)


Grace Schwartz

2012 EREF Scholarship

A New Hazard Assessment Protocol for Coal Combustion Products


Kaitlyn Sniffen

2012 PTR Baler Scholarship

Using Algae as a Biomass for Biofuel


Martina Soliman

The Pennsylvania State University, MS
Robert P. Stearns/SCS Engineers Scholar 2019

Reclaimed Waste to Energy Aggregates as Lightweight Sand in Concrete Masonry Units


James Souder

Yale University, MS
Ice River Springs Master’s Scholarship for Sustainability

Closing the Loop and Increasing Material Recovery in Supply Chains and Production Systems


Chad Spreadbury

University of Florida, Ph.D.
EREF Scholar 2018

Beneficial Use of Waste to Energy Ash in Roadway Construction


Bryan Staley

2004 Fiessinger Scholarship

Changes in Microbial Community Structure in Solid Waste Decomposition


Indu Venu Sabaraya

The University of Texas at Austin, Ph.D.
EREF Scholar 2018

Transport and Interactions of 2-Dimensional Nanomaterials through MSW Landfill Leachate


Paige Taber

Clemson University, MS
Carl J. Apicella Scholarship

Hydrogen Peroxide-Based Oxidation on the Removal of UV Quenching Substances


Ross Taggart

2014 EREF Scholarship

Recovering Strategic Metals from Fly Ash


Ryan Thomas

Florida Atlantic University, MS
EREF Scholar 2022 

Waste-Derived Activated Carbon Materials for Landfill Gas Purification 


Jillian Treadwell

2016 Ice River Springs Master’s Scholarship for Sustainability Scholarship

Driving Factors for Organic Waste and Phosphorus Recycling: A quantitative analysis and scenario based model


Leandro Vigna

Yale University, MS
Robert J. Riethmiller/PTR Baler and Compactor Scholarship

Green Building Certifications and their Potential in Reducing Construction Waste in Developing Countries


Angel Villarruel-Moore

University of Central Florida, MS
DCA Scholar 2020

MSW Incinerator Ash Co-Disposal with Unburned Waste: Implications for Elevated Temperatures


Kien Vu

University of South Carolina, Ph.D.
EREF Scholar 2018

Interactions between Nanomaterials and HDPE Geomembranes Found in MSW and Leachate


Ying Wang

University of Miami, PhD
EREF Scholar 2021

Modification on Fly Ash Specifications to Allow the Reuse of Marginal and Unconventional Source Fly Ashes


Paige Wilson

2012 EREF Scholarship

Anaerobic Digestion of Organic Wastes: The Impact of Operating Conditions on Hydrolysis Efficiency and Microbial Community Composition


Ming Xu

2008 EREF Scholarship

Quantifying Solid Waste Generated by Economic Activities


Ramin Yazdani

2008 EREF Scholarship

Factors Limiting Aerobic Degradation During Aerobic Bioreactor Landfilling


Anna Yip

University of California, Berkeley, MS
EREF Scholar 2020

UC-Berkeley Plastics System Analysis


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