Featured Research Assistant for October 2017: Yamrot Amha

Yamrot Amha is a third-year PhD student in Environmental Engineering advised by Dr. Adam Smith. Her research evaluates microbial resource management strategies in anaerobic systems such as anaerobic digesters and anaerobic membrane bioreactors use to recover energy from waste streams (e.g., food waste and wastewater sludges). The main goals of her research are to identify operational and design factors that increase the efficiency of energy recovery during waste management. Her work is funded by NSF’s Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry (GOALI) and is conducted in partnership with Divert, Inc. Yamrot published her first two papers from her USC research this past summer in Water Research and Bioresource Technology.

Yamrot was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Health from California State University, Northridge. She obtained a Master’s degree in Water & Environmental Engineering from Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi, UAE. She joined the Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in Fall 2015. She was supported by a Provost Fellowship from 2015-2017 and is this year’s recipient of The Fu “Dave” Yen Fellowship in Environmental Engineering.

Yamrot likes to travel, play volleyball and basketball, and watch movies. She has so far lived in four different countries located in different continents and has traveled to 16 countries.

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