Aggarwal to receive distinguished Early-Career Research Fellowship

UAF Assistant Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering Srijan Aggarwal was one of 20 faculty across the country to receive the 2018 Early-Career Research Fellowship from the Gulf Research Program of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine on Wednesday, Aug. 29.

Aggarwal, who has been part of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering since 2013, specializes in the area of environmental engineering. One of his research focus has revolved around the application, environmental fate, and impacts of oil spill response chemicals in the Arctic region. In 2014, he was involved in a Joint Industry Program funded project at UAF that investigated aerial application of chemical herders to advance in-situ burning for oil spill response in the Arctic. Recently, Aggarwal was also a recipient of 2018 NSF CAREER award that will support his research on biofilms in drinking water distribution systems.

The competitive award is among a suite of program activities aimed at supporting the development of future generations of scientists, engineers, and health professionals who are prepared to work at the intersections of offshore energy system safety, human health and well-being, and environmental stewardship in the Gulf of Mexico and other U.S. coastal regions.

The fellowship recognizes emerging professionals at the critical pre-tenure phase of their careers who show exceptional leadership, performance, and potential for future contributions to improving offshore energy system safety, human health and well-being, or environmental stewardship. Each fellow receives an award of $76,000 paid to his or her institution in the form a two-year grant for research expenses and professional development.