Ali Ansari , a doctoral student at the UH Cullen College of Engineering , was recently awarded the American Society of Civil Engineers’ John B. Hawley Memorial Fellowship. The fellowship, established in 1961, promotes graduate study and research in hydraulic and environmental engineering.
Growing up in Tehran, Iran, Ansari experienced water rationing and scheduled electricity blackouts. This motivated him to find solutions to environmental issues and led him to pursue his Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering.
“Considering the environment is vital for sustainable development,” Ansari said. “I have always wanted to work with microorganisms; to understand their role in environmental issues and apply their endless potential to solve those issues.”