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Circular Economy Fellows

Lakshmi Yasodhara Ananthabhotla

Lakshmi Yasodhara AnanthabhotlaHome Department: Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
Advisor: Dr. Karl Johnson
Covestro Fellow

When industrialization happened, nobody thought about where the waste would end up. In today’s world, designing for a Circular economy and adopting sustainable living methods could bring a noticeable change in solving environmental issues. My passion lies in working to bring about these changes while at the same time boosting awareness of the seriousness of these issues. I have my undergraduate degree in Chemical engineering from Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, India. Before joining Pitt, I worked as a project associate at the Indian Institute of Technology, India on the modeling of multi-phase reactors for biomass pyrolysis.

Nicole Bell

Nicole BellHome Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
Advisor: Dr. Melissa Bilec
Mascaro Fellow

Nicole Bell is a PhD candidate and Covestro Circular Economy Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh. She graduated in 2019 with undergraduate degrees in Physic and Mathematics from Duquesne University and Civil Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. Nicole has worked at Mascaro Construction since 2019 in the Building and Operations division. She will be studying the built environment and circular economy.

Carlan Gray

Carlan GrayHome Department: Chemical & Petroleum Engineering
Advisor: Dr. Susan Fullerton-Shirey
Mascaro Fellow

Carlan Gray is a PhD student and a Covestro Circular Economy Fellow. He completed his Master's degree in Chemistry and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics at Duquesne University in 2023. During his five years at Duquesne, Carlan led his own project studying the biophysical characteristics of ribonucleic acids. Now, he seeks to help guide the chemical world towards sustainability and a circular economy.

Santiago Ortiz

Santiago OrtizHome Department: Chemical & Petroleum Engineering
Advisors: Dr. Götz Veser and James McKone
Covestro Fellow

Ph.D. student in the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. Chemical Engineer and Master in Process Design and Management from Universidad de La Sabana (Colombia). Three years of experience developing and leading research projects framed in the energy transition and design of novel low-carbon-footprint technologies. Two years of experience as a university lecturer in multiple engineering courses. Expertise in scientific programming, computer-aided engineering design, and data science. Current research interests in chemical reaction engineering and process intensification for Power-to-X applications.

Mahjabin Rahman

Mahjabin RahmanHome Department: Industrial Engineering
Advisor: Dr. Amin Rahimian
Mascaro Fellow

Ph.D. student in the Department of Industrial Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. Graduated from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) with a bachelor's degree in Industrial and Production Engineering. Four years of experience as a university lecturer while teaching several courses in the relevant field. The most intriguing aspect of Industrial Engineering is its way of involving humans, technology, and machines while formulating optimal decision-making models in the presence of uncertainty. Looking ahead to implementing these tools to build eco-friendly production processes, reduce waste with lean manufacturing, and prioritize ethical supply-chain practices and consumer behavior.