VOORHEES, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Water (NYSE: AWK), the largest publicly traded U.S. water and
wastewater utility company, today announced that Michael Bentel, a
doctoral student at the University of California, Riverside (UCR), has
been chosen as the recipient of the American
Water Works Association (AWWA) 2018 American Water Scholarship.
The scholarship is an annual award of $5,000 presented to a graduate
level student to assist with the development of professionals interested
in service to the water industry.
"American Water is pleased to present this prestigious award to Michael,
who was selected among 65 outstanding applicants," said Dr. BenStanford, Senior Director of Water Research and Development. "Not only
is Michael an exceptional scholar, he has the credibility to take on a
future leadership role in developing advanced water treatment
technologies. We are honored to help advance his drinking water research
Michael was selected for this scholarship due to his exceptional
academic abilities, outstanding character, community and outreach
experience and dedication to contribute to the advancement
of science in the field of drinking water. His current research
focuses on developing new water remediation technologies for treating
perfluoroalkyl substances in the environment.
Michael was born in Chicago, Illinois where he obtained his B.S. degree
in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Currently pursuing his doctorate degree from UCR in the Chemical &
Environmental Engineering department under the supervision of Dr.
Jinyong Liu, he is also a research fellow for the National Science
Foundation's WaterSENSE IGERT. Upon completion of his PhD, Michael plans
to pursue a career in developing advanced water treatment technologies.
Administered by AWWA, American Water's Scholarship is currently the only
one offered by a water utility among the Association's 16 active
scholarships. For more information about AWWA scholarships, visit http://www.awwa.org/membership/get-involved/student-center/awwa-scholarships.aspx.
About American Water
With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and
most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater
utility company. The company employs more than 6,900 dedicated
professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water,
wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people
in 46 states and Ontario, Canada. American Water provides safe, clean,
affordable and reliable water services to our customers to make sure we
keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit amwater.com
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