The Summit featured a Young Researcher Poster Competition, where the Selection Committee acknowledges aspiring young researchers that present highly acclaimed research in the form of a poster in two categories, biology and engineering. From the 133 poster presentations accepted at the conference, 26 young researchers in algae biology and engineering were invited to present their work in front of a panel of judges in order to award the top three in each category, based on the poster format and content quality, as well as competency and professionalism of the presenter.
Dr. Ioannis Dogaris, a postdoctoral fellow and instructor at the Patel College of Global Sustainability (PCGS) was nominated and awarded the 3rd place in the Engineering section, with his poster presentation on the “Use of wastewater in a horizontal bioreactor for commercial algae cultivation”, co-authored by Bethany Loya, a former PCGS student, Jeffrey Cox, a former Honors College student, and Dr. George Philippidis, PCGS Associate Professor.
“This was the second year that we were invited to present our algae research at such a prestigious conference, the Algae Biomass Summit, but I knew this year it was different," Dr. Dorgaris said. "I tried my best to prepare an excellent poster and present it with passion and enthusiasm, inspired by the sustainability opportunities of our research. Demonstrating the use of wastewater for the cultivation of algae is critical for the sustainability and cost-efficiency of commercial algal biofuel and bioproduct manufacturing. This is critical as freshwater resources become increasingly scarce in the United States and around the world. I felt very excited when I heard my name at the awarding ceremony, and proudly accepted my award on behalf of our team and PCGS. This award motivates me to continue the work that I am doing , which is researching ways to produce energy and materials sustainably and with respect for the environment. ”