2007-08 Mills Scholarship Recipients

The Texas Water Resources Institute awarded Mills Scholarships in 2007-08 to the Texas A&M University graduate students listed below.

James Applewhite , Soil & Crop Sciences
Understand how soil physical properties respond to a number of fertility treatments and vegetative mixes (Fort Hood).
Proposal
James Applewhite
Justin Baker , Agricultural Economics
Identify methods for optimizing the spatial and temporal location of agricultural and industrial production of biofuels in order to minimize the economic costs that such practices might have on regional water resources.
Proposal
Justin Baker
Roberto A. Bazan, Jr. , Rangeland Ecology and Management
Focus on better understanding runoff generation at the small catchment scale in the Texas Post-Oak savanna. Project is foundation of continuing and long-term monitoring program.
Proposal
Roberto A. Bazan, Jr.
Stephen Caster , Soil & Crop Sciences
Study the effects of urbanization in Texas on water quality, focusing on the soil solution under three types of typical turf grasses, and on the water exiting the drainage system of two sports fields.
Proposal
Stephen Caster
Deepti , Biological & Agricultural Engineering
Apply spatially referenced regression of contaminant transport on watershed attributes for the assessment of pathogen contamination (E.coli) in Guadalupe and San Antonio river basins in Texas.
Proposal
Deepti
René Davina Elms , Chemical Engineering
Focus on designing and optimizing processing facilities for the production of renewable biomass-derived fuels and products in a manner that minimizes water use and discharge
Proposal
Rene Davina Elms
Dong Suk Han , Civil Engineering
Synthesize adsorbent media using nanotechnology and apply them to removal or arsenic, mercury, and selenium from water by investigating adsorptive removal mechanism and stabilization via surface reactions at the solid-water interface.
Proposal
Dong Suk Han
Omar Richard Harvey , Geology and Geophysics
Evaluate complexation of organic and inorganic wastewater contaminants by polymeric cyclodextrins.
Proposal
Omar Richard Harvey
Kranthi K. Mandadi , Biology
Focused on improving crop species for their drought tolerance and water use efficiency capabilities, thus alleviating the problems of low or marginal crop production in regions of water deficits.
Proposal
Kranthi K. Mandadi
Lei Meng , Geography
The Variable Infiltration Capacity (VIC) model simulated moisture data from 1915 to 2004 will be used to examine the impact of fall, winter and spring soil moistuer anomalies on summer precipitation.
Proposal
Lei Meng
Sivarajah Mylevaganam , Spatial Sciences Laboratory
Develop a generic, spatial-aggregation tool in GIS environment to query and delineate larger basins subsuming smaller ones based on decision makers criteria.
Proposal
Sivarajah Mylevaganam
Suzika Pagán-Riestra , Soil & Crop Sciences
Evaluate the effect of forage condensed tannins (CT) in feed DM and P disappearance in bovines.
Proposal
Suzika Pagan-Riestra
Tim Pannkuk , Soil & Crop Sciences
Study reference ET rates to measured ET rates during establishment of turfgrass and woody plants in humid and smi-arid environments.
Proposal
Tim Pannkuk
Richard E. Rapier , Water Management & Hydrological Sciences
Research goal is to better understand the impacts of take-or-pay water supply contracts on water use in Texas.
Proposal
Richard E. Rapier
Callie Rogers , Agricultural Economics
Address the financial and economic costs of two of the water supply alternatives available to the Lower Rio Grande Valley: conventional surface-water treatment and desalination of brackish groundwater
Proposal
Callie Rogers
Debabrata Sahoo , Biological & Agricultural Engineering
Quantify the regional hydrologic budget response (freshwater and urban water demands) to change in LULC in the rangeland ecosystem of the San Antonio River Watershed.
Proposal
Debabrata Sahoo
De'Etra Jenra Young , Ecosystems Science and Management
Calculate the percentage of pervious and impervious surfaces in 12 watersheds part of the Brazos River using GIS; investigate the volume and chemistry of runoff on pervious concrete, impervious concrete and control plots to determine the the impact of pervious surfaces on reducing storm runoff and nutrient loss.
Proposal
De'Etra Jenra Young
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