Pitiporn Asvapathanagul

Assistant Professor
California State University, Long Beach

Dr. Pitiporn Asvapathanagul is an assistant professor in Environmental Engineering at CSULB. She graduated from UC, Irvine in 2011. Her expertise is molecular biology in water and wastewater treatment processes. Her research are related to (i) micropollutants in groundwater and wastewater combined with soil aquifer treatment, (ii) solids separation problems (foaming/bulking) in full-scale nitrification/denitrification water reclamation plants, (iii) aeration diffuser biofilm fouling associated with energy consumption, (iv) trends of sewage spill overflow in California, (v) nutrient removal in biological treatment processes, (vi) pathogens in drinking water and wastewater,(vii) microbial source tracking in Los Angeles and Coyote Creek rivers, and (viii) biocementation.

Jim Nguyen is currently studying in his third year at CSULB. He initially entered CSULB with a major in Chemistry with the intent of pursuing a career in Dentistry; however, after developing a deep interest in chemical processes and manufacturing, he decided to pursue Chemical Engineering while keeping Chemistry as his minor. Although he has switched his intended career choice from a health profession to an engineering profession, his passion for helping his community still remains. Presently, Jim is currently employed as an undergraduate research assistant under Dr. Asvapathanagul and is currently working on two projects: Adsorption of Endocrine Disrupting compounds through Soil Aquifer Treatment and Monitoring Organochlorine Pesticides, Polychlorinated Biphenyls, and Polyaromatic Hydrocarbons in Wastewater and Groundwater. Through these two projects, Jim hopes to learn more about the effectiveness of current wastewater reclamation technologies and contribute to developing a new method for treating tertiary treated wastewater.

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