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Chemical engineering doctoral student awarded $10,000 scholarship

Leila Karimi, a Ph.D. candidate who researches brackish water desalination at New Mexico State University's Institute for Energy and the Environment, has been awarded the International Desalination Association's 2013 Channabasappa Memorial Scholarship.


Leila Karimi works at her desk.
Leila Karimi, a Ph.D. candidate who researches brackish water desalination at New Mexico State University's Institute for Energy and the Environment, has been awarded the International Desalination Association's 2013 Channabasappa Memorial Scholarship. (Courtesy photo)

The $10,000 scholarship is designed to encourage engineers and scientists to pursue education in subjects related to desalination and water re-use. Applicants are required to be from the top 10 percent of their class in science or engineering and exhibit leadership and achievement potential, as well as be IDA members.

"She was selected from a pool of applicants from around the world. The entire chemical engineering family is incredibly proud of her accomplishments and efforts in the area of brackish water desalination," said David Rockstraw, NMSU chemical engineering department head.

Karimi has been conducting her desalination research since August 2011 under the supervision of Abbas Ghassemi.

"Receiving this scholarship will not only help me overcome financial challenges, but it will also make my resume stand out when I am looking for a job," Karimi said. "Without the great support from my generous supervisor, Abbas Ghassemi, and my coworkers, this could not have happened."

After earning her bachelor's and master's degrees, Karimi taught for two years at the Sahand University of Technology before deciding to continue her education.

"I chose NMSU because of its international leadership in the field of water treatment and the opportunity to work with distinguished researchers from academia, government and industry," Karimi said. "IEE provided me the opportunity to search for new water resources for people suffering from fresh water scarcity."