Stephanie Butler Velegol
Stephanie Butler Velegol first heard about the ability of the seeds of the Moringa Oleifera tree to clean water while teaching Water and Wastewater Treatment at Penn State University. Since then she has advised over a dozen students on the use of Moringa seeds for sustainable water treatment in the developing world. She has combined her knowledge in surface science, bacterial adhesion and chemical engineering to innovate a more effective and sustainable use of the seeds to clean water. In 2012 this work was published in Langmuir and the American Chemical Society sent out a press release and podcast, resulting in multiple international interviews and on-line articles.
She received her BS in Chemical Engineering from Drexel University and her PhD in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University studying how proteins, surfactants and polymers interact at surfaces. She completed her postdoctoral work in Environmental Engineering at Penn State University on bacterial adhesion. Currently she is an Instructor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Penn State University. In addition to her work on water treatment, she is pioneering the use of on-line environmental engineering courses for summer courses, flipped courses throughout the semester and professional development in Pennsylvania.