The Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska (DWFI) has announced the fourth cohort of Water Advanced Research and Innovation (WARI) fellowship and internship awards. WARI is a joint initiative between the University of Nebraska and several of India’s top academic institutions to help build capacity to address global water quality challenges. The program was recently renewed for an additional three years by the government of India. This year’s class includes eight awardees – seven Ph.D. students and one professor.
WARI program partners include the Indian government and its Department of Science and Technology, the Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and DWFI.
Now in its fourth year, the program provides Indian students and scientists with advanced water research and mentorship opportunities at the University of Nebraska. As it did last year, WARI includes a reciprocal exchange component enabling Nebraska students and early-career faculty to conduct water research in India.
The eight awardees in the 2019 class will be mentored by Nebraska water science faculty from across the university system, including the Nebraska Water Center, National Drought Mitigation Center, Nebraska’s School of Natural Resources, School of Biological Sciences, and departments of Civil Engineering and Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering. WARI scholars will spend three to 12 months in Nebraska after arriving this spring and summer.
The 2019 WARI fellowship awardees include:
- Dhanya C T, associate professor, Indian Institute of Technology – Delhi, for the project: Enhancing the Drought Predictability through Remote Sensing of Evapotranspiration and Soil Moisture. Nebraska faculty mentors, Dr. Ayse Kilic, UNL School of Natural Resources and Dr. Tsegaye Tadesse, National Drought Mitigation Center
The 2019 WARI internship awardees include:
- Syed Ibrahim Gnani Peer Mohamed, Ph.D. student, National Institute of Technology Srinivasanagar Surathkal, Mangalore, for the project: Synthesis and Characterization of Antibiofouling Zwitterionic Thin Film Nanocomposite Membranes for Desalination. Nebraska faculty mentors, Dr. Siamak Nejati, UNL Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering and Dr. Ashraf Aly Hassan, UNL Civil Engineering.
- Himani Uppal, Ph.D. student, CSIR - National Physical Laboratory, New Delhi, for the project: Utilization of Wastewater for Portable Filter Based Adsorptive Recovery and Recycling of Nutrients for Agricultural Production. Nebraska faculty mentor, Dr. Xu Li, UNL Civil Engineering.
- Rudra Mohan Pradhan, Ph.D. student, Indian Institute of Technology – Mumbai, for the project: Uranium Biogeochemistry and its Impact on Water Quality. Nebraska faculty mentors, Dr. Dan Snow, Nebraska Water Center and Dr. Karrie Weber, UNL School of Biological Sciences and Earth and Atmospheric Sciences.
- Kausik Ghosh, Ph.D. student, Vidyasagar University, for the project: Integration of Remote Sensing and Hydrologic Model to Quantify the Individual Impact of Climate and Anthropogenic Pulses on Streamflow and Sediment Nutrient Load of the Himalayan River Tista. Nebraska faculty mentor, Dr. Francisco Munoz-Arriola, UNL Biological Systems Engineering.
- Vikas Kumar Rai, Ph.D. student, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, for the project: Spatiotemporal Modelling of Agricultural Drought Characteristics and its Impact on Crop Productivity. Nebraska faculty mentors, Dr. Brian Wardlow and Dr. Tsegaye Tadesse, National Drought Mitigation Center.
- Saran Aadhar, Ph.D. student, Indian Institute of Technology – Gandhinagar, for the project: Fresh Water and Drought Monitoring over South Asia. Nebraska faculty mentors, Dr. Brian Wardlow and Dr. Tsegaye Tadesse, National Drought Mitigation Center.
- Tanushree Parsai, Ph.D. student, Indian Institute of Technology – Delhi, for the project: Fate of Nanoparticles and Corresponding Ion in Different Environmental Media. Nebraska faculty mentors, Dr. Yusong Li and Dr. Xu Li, UNL Civil Engineering.
“We are delighted to begin the second three-year phase of the WARI program, which is a critical part of Nebraska’s efforts to collaborate with India on water quality challenges,” said Dr. Chittaranjan Ray, Nebraska Water Center director. “Together, we’re working to equip future leaders with the tools and expertise to tackle water issues that affect our ability to ensure water and food security in Nebraska and around the world.”
The WARI research program addresses shared water quality challenges in the U.S. and India, including the ecological and human health impacts caused by pollutants and contaminants, groundwater quality assessment and management, and remote sensors that monitor and measure water quality. For more information about WARI, visit https://waterforfood.nebraska.edu/resources/wari-program
About the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska
The Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska was founded in 2010 to address the global challenge of achieving food security with less stress on water resources through improved water management in agricultural and food systems. We are committed to ensuring a water and food secure world while maintaining the use of water for other human and environmental needs.
The University of Nebraska has invested in four interdisciplinary, University-wide institutes — including the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute — that leverage talent and research-based expertise from across the University of Nebraska system to focus on complex state, national and global challenges.