Rajneesh Singh joined the Nebraska Water Center in April 2019, after submission of his Ph.D. thesis in Civil Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bhubaneswar, India. He earned his postgraduate degree (M. Tech., Agricultural Engineering) from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India. He works on the facilitation of natural, sustainable and affordable technologies, focusing on the treatment of wastewaters generated from many industrial and agricultural unit operations. Raised between the cities of Varanasi and Allahabad in northern India, he frequently visited the sacred Ganga River ghats in his early days. Witnessing the plight of the Ganga River due to the discharge of domestic and industrial effluents in its long course of the run, Singh took up research on wastewater treatment as his career. He began working on it from his days at IIT Kharagpur, where he worked on remediation of aquacultural wastewaters by improvising trickling filters to offer higher denitrification. Later, during his PhD, he worked on another green and affordable wastewater treatment technology named “vermifiltration” and encountered the limitations associated with the vermifilters to take it from labs to field. In brief, he worked on increasing the lifespan of vermifilters and facilitation of a mathematical tool for the design and scaling up of vermifiltration-based treatment plants. In his postdoctoral assignment at UNL, he is expected to deliver solutions on emitter clogging of subsurface drip irrigation systems using wastewaters from agricultural farms. Other than that, Singh, along with his professors, is involved in developing project proposals to draw more funds for their future research activities.
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