Seminar- A Career in Applied Research at a Leading Utility

Ford Environmental Science & Technology L1-205
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 03:00
Gayathri Ram Mohan, Ph.D. 
Research Scientist
Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources (GCDWR)

Water is most essential to sustain life on our planet. The diverse array of scientists, engineers, operators and management professionals working in the water industry have a powerful impact on our daily lives as they help protect public health and our environment. This seminar is intended for students and researchers looking to explore alternate career opportunities in applied research outside of academic settings. Dr. Ram Mohan will provide insight on how research scientists at Gwinnett County help overcome practical challenges by bridging the gap between basic research, innovation and implementation of reliable solutions at full-scale treatment facilities. As a futuristic utility focused on environmental stewardship, often emphasis is laid on optimizing existing processes, creating innovative technologies via proof of concept bench studies, pilot demonstrations and full-scale trials. Finally, a brief discussion on services provided by GCDWR, and an overview of various advanced treatment facilities owned and operated by the County will also be discussed.


Dr. Gayathri Ram Mohan is a Research Scientist for Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources (GCDWR) which provides water, water reclamation, and stormwater services to nearly 920,000 residents. Dr. Ram Mohan has 10+ years of work experience in environmental engineering process design and R&D. She earned her doctorate in biological-environmental engineering from the University of Florida and a post-doctorate from ORISE-US EPA in Cincinnati, OH. She plays a key role in developing capital projects, optimizing existing processes, investigating new technologies, and performing research on a wide variety of innovative water treatment and water reclamation processes. She has published her work in various journals, presented at national and international conferences and is also an active member of various professional organizations such as GAWP, WEF, and WERF.