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Engineering professor receives $100,000 grant and award for her clean water work

Shaily Mahendra

Shaily Mahendra

Shaily Mahendra, a UCLA associate professor of civil and environmental engineering in the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, has received the 2017 Paul L. Busch Award from the nonprofit Water Environment and Reuse Foundation, in recognition of her research in developing environmentally friendly technologies to remove pollutants from water.

The honor, awarded annually since 2001, is considered the top recognition in the field of water quality for early- to mid-career researchers. It includes a $100,000 grant for her research.

Mahendra’s research centers on environmental microbiology, looking to understand and control microorganisms, such as bacteria and fungi and how they interact with their surrounding environment and other constituents, especially pollutants.

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