when am I ever going to use this irl?

I’ve teamed with MathematicalModels.org to answer the age-old question: when am I ever going to use this irl? Even though I’m an engineer, not a mathematician, there have been a handful of times where I’ve sat down spitting out some hardcore math problems. I got excited, I geeked out… I spent way more hours than […]

water women #bloodsisters

Today, May 28, is menstrual hygiene day. I bet you weren’t expecting me to say that, huh? #bloodsisters In celebration of the day, let’s trend a hashtag and make some waves in the world. Who are the water women? Well, that’s us. You and me. #waterwomen Y’all who know me know that I LOVE Water For People. […]

drinking recycled poopwater

You say EW, I say YUM Let’s talk about drinking poopwater! One of the biggest hurdles with implementing a recycled water system isn’t the high-end technology or the stringent regulations… Judging by your face as you read the words “drinking poopwater”, you know exactly what the hurdle is. It’s the public reaction. The super official term we […]

chocolate cake generation

Treated wastewater from one of the two wastewater plants in my city, the 1% poopwater slurry (sludge) heads down to an award-winning biosolids recycling facility. Today, I got to tour the plant and see how they make chocolate cake. I mean, compost. The coolest part that we got to see was the gravity belt thickener used […]

staying home with computational fluid dynamics

One of the many perks of my job is that I don’t absolutely have to go into the office every day. I’m sure I *should* especially being the Engineer-In-Training (EIT) on projects, coordinating with project managers, and working on interdisciplinary teams… But…. If I can swing not putting on pants and working with a disgruntled […]

bugs & wastewater bugs

Today I’ve calculated both the weir loading rates and surface overflow loading rates for the secondary clarifiers. Since I’ve never really explained what these clarifier things are: basically the plant speeds up a process that would happen naturally overtime in the environment. It breaks down organics (aka poop). By the time the large particles are […]