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Chemical Engineering Professor & Student selected for U.S. DOE Program

2020 DOE Visiting Faculty Prog
Chemical Engineering Department Professor & Student selected for U.S. Department of Energy Program

Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico (PUPR) professor Omar Movil and senior student, Evelyn Ortiz of the Chemical Engineering Department have been selected to participate in the United States Department of Energy’s Visiting Faculty Program (DOE-VFP) at the prestigious Idaho National Laboratory (INL).

The team received funding from the Department of Energy (DOE) to work on the development of a new technology for the recovery of valuable materials from end-of-life (EOL) products. The awarded proposal was submitted by Dr. Movil in collaboration with Dr. Luis Diaz, a research scientist at INL.

Dr. Movil’s ultimate goal is to strengthen collaborations between the department of Chemical Engineering at PUPR and scientists from INL to make research done in the university more competitive nationwide.

“This is my second year as a visiting faculty at INL and I consider the program a great opportunity that allows me to develop new research collaborations and extend my research agenda.” said Movil. “This year, the initial plan has been modified to accomplish the project goals under the new reality imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the situation, I plan to continue working on the development of this technology during the academic year here at PUPR and to involve PUPR students interested in pursuing research in this field.”

The visiting faculty program, formerly called faculty and student teams, seeks to increase the research competitiveness of faculty members and their students at institutions historically underrepresented in the research community in order to expand the workforce vital to the Department of Energy mission areas.