Lab and Research Subteams

Partical Removal

Unit Processes Analysis: pH


  • Justin Lee | jl3542
  • Sarah Paquin | smp339
  • Malini Balachandran | mvb37
  • Sanjana Uddin | ssu3

Unit Processes Analysis: Coagulant Dose Response


  • Joseph Yoon | sy555
  • Rafaella Bruzual | rb697
  • Rachael Mends | rem367
  • Marguerite Lorenzo | mhl95

StaRS Filtration Theory

For this semester, the team aspires to build on the research of the Summer 2018 team and determine whether a flow recycle system will increase floc blanket uniformity. They will also explore the effects of varied angles of entry and pipe thickness on the flow recycle system


  • Andrea Lu | wl424
  • Claire Kenwood | cek225
  • Valentina Dai | ld466

Dissolved Species Removal


Fluoride contamination of groundwater is a major, well-known health concern, that still does not have any highly effective or sustainable technologies to remedy it. The World Health Organization suggests the Nalgonda method, but this technique has several major flaws including a treatment efficiency that is limited to only 70 percent, and a large dose of aluminum sulfate, which causes sludge disposal problems. Instead, we use Polyaluminum Chloride (PACl) as a coagulant to which the fluoride can both adsorb to and coprecipitate with. The goals of the Fluoride Team is to design and create the optimal system for adsorbing and coprecipitating out fluoride from groundwater.


  • Amber Hsu | jh2226
  • Nathan Catoera | nlc36
  • Cindy Jin | cj359
  • Claudia Buchard | cgb83

Humic Acid

Investigate the effluent HA concentrations as coagulant dosages increase for certain HA influent concentration using spectrophotometer. Design experiments to compare HA effluent concentration trends for different HA influent concentations.


  • Tommy Bradford | tsb49
  • Matthew Lee | mbl222
  • Carolyn Wang | jw2376
  • Bridget Childs | bac258

Activated Carbon

We aim to design a system that removes excess dissolved gas from influent water prior to entry into an AguaClara water treatment plant.


  • Maya Shanti | ms2664
  • Jena Rozanski | jmr485
  • Dorothy Leung | dhl84
  • Brenda Solorzano Cuesta

Wastewater Treatment

Upflow Anaerobic Sludge Blanket (UASB): Pilot Plant Operation and Monitoring

What is a UASB: a form of anaerobic digester that is used for wastewater treatment.

Wastewater enters the reactor from the bottom, and flows upward. A settled sludge blanket filters and treats the wastewater as the wastewater flows through it.

This semester, the team will be working on running tests with a lab-scale UASB reactor to determine optimal geometry of components. Additionally, UASB Research will be running dye-tests with synthetic sludge to study flow patterns of water moving through the reactor, and identify fail conditions.


  • Emily Wood | ew465
  • Lydia LaGorga | lcl66
  • Katrina Chen | kc778

Upflow Anaerobic Sludge Blanket (UASB) Fabrication

The Fabrication team will be fabricating a full-sized prototype UASB reactor that will be commissioned for testing at the Ithaca Area Wastewater Treatment Facility. They will also be creating CAD drawings of the UASB reactor using Onshape to make the designs available to all on an open-source platform.


  • Francesca Bard | fmb54
  • Tyson Reed | tnr7
  • Emily Liu | el642
  • Winnie Chan | wc436

String Digester

The team's goal this semester is to determine if ideas about using strings as media for trickling filter based design are a feasible component of a future AguaClara wastewater plant.


  • Madeline Garell | mpg95
  • Shania Fang | sf449
  • Madeline Keep | mpk83
  • Adam Kulaczkowski| apk73