Featured Research Assistant for September 2017: Allyson McGaughey

Allyson McGaughey is a third-year Ph.D. student in environmental engineering advised by Prof. Amy Childress. Her research focuses on membrane-based water treatment for resource recovery from challenging waters and wastewaters. Currently, she is exploring the relationship between membrane material properties and performance for the treatment of challenging wastewaters by membrane distillation. She is also studying the use of novel materials, such as carbon nanotubes, for water treatment membranes.

Allyson is originally from Seattle, Washington; she earned a B.S. in chemical engineering with a music minor at the University of Washington in 2014. She came to USC in Fall 2015 and completed her M.S. in environmental engineering in May 2017. Allyson expects to complete her Ph.D. in 2020.

When she’s not working, Allyson enjoys scuba diving (she earned her PADI dive master certification in 2012), hiking and backpacking, and playing the cello.

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