Civil Engineering Faculty Receives CAREER Award


Thanks to a prestigious award from the National Science Foundation (NSF), known as the CAREER award, CEM researcher Srijan Aggarwal will embark on a five-year research project titled "Fundamental Investigation of Biofilm Mechanical Properties in Drinking Water Distribution Systems." Aggarwal's project will investigate the bacterial coat inside water pipes (biofilm) that can cause serious problems in drinking water distribution systems. His study aims to gain a better knowledge of the structure and strength of attachment of biofilms, and, more importantly, on how to remove them. Results from this research have the potential to provide utilities and water plants with new strategies for the removal of these costly biofilms and thus, ensure the availability of safe drinking water to public.

The NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program recognizes early-career faculty that have a strong potential to show leadership in their field by integrating education and research. Geological engineering faculty Margaret Darrow received the CAREER award in 2012.

Image above: Dr. Srijan Aggarwal, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Photo by UAF/Melanie Rohr.