Dr. Feleke Zewge, a long-time collaborator and friend of the WaTER Center, received the 2013 Ethiopian National Outstanding Achievement Award in Applied Research. He received the Award - which included a trophy, medal, and a small financial incentive - from the Prime Minister of Ethiopia on October 27.
|Dr. Feleke Zewge (center) confers with colleagues during the 2013 WaTER Conference.|
Dr. Zewge is the National Fluorosis Mitigation Project Coordinator for the Ministry of Water Resources in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He is also an Associate Professor of Environmental Chemistry/Engineering in the Department of Chemistry at Addis Ababa University. Dr. Zewge received his BS in Chemistry from Addis Ababa University and MS and Ph.D. degrees in Environmental Engineering from Gunma University (Japan). He also spent one year as a Visiting Scientist at Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Applied Science, Department of Chemical Technology, Delft, The Netherlands.
|Dr. Feleke (far left) served as one of the International Water Prize jurors in 2010, along with (left to right) Diana Maritza Betancourt, James Mihelcic, Jean McCluskey, and Robert Adamski.|
In addition to his research on the movement and reactivity of toxic organic and inorganic pollutants, Dr. Feleke has been working on the field implementation of water defluoridation technologies in rural villages in Ethiopia. He is currently conducting field studies in remote Ethiopian villages using bone char, aluminum oxide, and chemical precipitation methods for fluoride removal. This experience will result in more economical and sustainable methods of fluorosis mitigation through removal of drinking water sources. Dr. Feleke was an invited keynote speaker at our 2013 International WaTER Conference. The topic of his talk was: "Fluoride Mitigation Options: Challenges and Opportunities".
Congratulations, Dr. Feleke!