Nine current and former Saint Francis students plus six faculty from the Environmental Engineering program traveled to Big Sky, Montana for the 2019 American Society of Mining and Reclamation (ASMR) conference. This included one current student, six recent graduates, and two alumni who are currently obtaining graduate degrees.
Attendees enjoyed technical presentations varying from improving mining-impaired water quality to the ecological impacts of reclaimed mining sites, including research presented by Saint Francis University. This unique opportunity also allowed students to attended multiple events which encouraged networking between young professionals and more experienced professionals.
Learn more about their experience in the full recap by Ashley Rovder '19 >
Kari Lagan, an upcoming junior, presented a poster at the conference on her research with optimizing a passive acid mine drainage (AMD) treatment technology. Debbie Slovikosky ‘19, presented a poster on her preliminary experiment using ferrate to treat AMD. Debbie is also an author on a paper dedicated to this research that was accepted for publication in the Journal of Environmental Quality. Recent graduates Staci Shoemaker, Justin Hugo, and Ashley Rovder along with graduate student Charles Spellman ‘17 (now studying at the University of Rhode Island) also presented posters.
Not only did our students have a strong presence at the poster session, but some delivered 30 minute oral presentations during the technical sessions. Nicholas McKnight and Jack Gaughan presented on their Senior Capstone Project, where they studied a passive treatment system called Spaghetti Hole in Blair County, PA and created a retrofit design to improve its performance. “It was incredibly exciting to see some of the individuals at the conference whose work we have been citing for our Senior Capstone Project,” McKnight reflected, “It was a real ‘meet your heroes’ moment.”
Graduate student Hannah Patton ‘17 (now studying at Virginia Tech) also gave an oral presentation concerning the socioeconomic factors which influence access to clean water in rural West Virginia. Finally, Ashley Rovder ‘19 presented on her georeferencing project which resulted in a tool that ASMR members could use to find previous ASMR publications and their respective study locations; this doubles as a way to preserve past and future research.