Developing sustainable technologies to address resource and climate risk inequity

Katherine Adler

CEE Ph.D. student Katherine Adler implements low-energy hydrodynamic processes to overcome nutrient constraints in algae production. When these constraints are overcome, algae production has great potential to alleviate water, energy and food scarcity in isolated communities. Her work in environmental fluid mechanics focuses on developing sustainable technologies to address resource and climate risk inequity. Adler recently received the prestigious American Association of University Women (AAUW) American Fellowship. 

Katie looking at hydrology equipment“It's an honor to be working with the support of the American Association of University Women which has promoted equity through advocacy, financial support, outreach, and research for 140 years. The fundamental air-water gas transfer research I am describing in my dissertation aims to promote equity by helping us anticipate and mitigate disproportionate impacts of climate change by informing climate models and advancing accessible and sustainable technologies to provide carbon capture, renewable energy, wastewater treatment, and/or nutrition,” said Adler.

She is also a T.A. development consultant with Cornell Engineering Learning Initiatives, where she promotes inclusive teaching practices and studies gender bias in evaluations.

Project Name: Air-water gas transfer enhancement via capillary-gravity waves and secondary currents in open channel flow for sustainable applications

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