Environmental health student accomplishments
Alisha Kottke was recognized as the 2017 Outstanding Undergraduate Student Researcher in the College of Applied Science and Technology. Working with LC Yang, Kottke co-authored one peer-reviewed research article (published in Biosystems Engineering) and one peer-reviewed presentation at the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International meeting. She has also co-authored numerous research posters with other students. Kottke was also recognized nationally as the “Student of the Month” by the Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs (AEHAP) in July 2017.
A primary barrier to recycling was found to be the lack of recycling services available at most apartment buildings. This was the primary concern of Corsolini’s research. Her faculty advisor was Guang Jin. She presented her research at the Illinois State University Research Symposium and at the Illinois Environmental Health Association (IEHA) Central Chapter annual conference.
Autumn Janiszewski presented her research (co-authored with recent graduate Abby Dalsin) titled “Motor Vehicle Crashes on the Crow Reservation.” Her faculty advisor was Michael Byrns. She presented her research at the Illinois State University Research Symposium and at the IEHA Central Chapter annual conference.
Alec Dietrich, with Alisha Kottke, researches “Recovery of Solid-state Anaerobic Digesters Fed with Corn Stover”
Solid-state digesters have the advantage of producing little or no wastewater, but can be difficult to recover after upsets. Their faculty advisor was LC Yang. They presented their research at the Illinois State University Research Symposium.
Matt Johnson, with Alisha Kottke, researches “Cartridge-Design Anaerobic Digestion of Lignocellulosic Waste”
Solid-state digesters can digest waste with higher levels of lignocellulose, but must be operated in batch mode. The cartridge design can allow digestion on a continuous basis. Their faculty advisor was LC Yang. They presented their research at the Illinois State University Research Symposium.