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Air Force Faculty Fellowship Winner

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Cal State Fullerton environmental engineer Sudarshan Kurwadkar has been selected for the Air Force Summer Faculty Fellowship Program, where he will be working with researchers on the removal of chemical warfare agents in drinking water.

“This is an exciting opportunity to work with researchers at the Air Force Institute of Technology since it is a new research area for me,” Kurwadkar said.

“The drinking water distribution network could be a soft target for terrorists who could potentially use chemical warfare agents in drinking water. We’ll be looking at how we can remove these potent chemical warfare agents before they reach your tap.”

Kurwadkar, an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering who joined CSUF last fall, has studied emerging micropollutants and the removal of pharmaceuticals in drinking water.

His 12-week faculty fellowship, sponsored by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, begins May 25 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. When he returns to campus, he plans to share his experience with his students.