2011-2012

WPI Student Recognized by National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program

Student Julie Bliss received an award from the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) supporting research-based master's and doctoral degrees.

WPI student Julie Bliss received an award from the prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP), which supports outstanding graduate students in the STEM fields who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited U.S. institutions. Julie earned her BA in environmental and sustainability studies in May 2012 and will complete her BS in environmental engineering this winter, while pursuing her master's degree in the same area. Under the guidance of John Bergendahl, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, Julie will be researching the physical and chemical characteristics of certain surfactants found in fire suppressants, determining the environmental recalcitrance of the chemical surfactants and performing treatment tests to remove the toxicity of the chemicals in water.

Over the course of her four years at WPI, Julie has been a dedicated member to many organizations including serving as the Vice President and interim President of the Undergraduate Student Government Association, executive board member and two-time traveler to Guatemala with the WPI Engineers Without Borders Chapter, member of Phi Sigma Sigma women’s fraternity and member many other student and institute committees. She is excited to return to WPI in the fall and plans to continue involvement in the WPI chapter of Engineers Without Borders and become involved in the WPI Graduate Student Government Association.

June 18, 2012

 
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