International ASU grad uses experiences to undo waste
Nivedita Biyana remembers that as I child she watched someone separating items from garbage into two containers. It sparked Biyana’s curiosity and motivated her to learn about recycling. Today, many years later, she has earned a doctoral degree in civil and environmental engineering from the Fulton Schools. A highlight of Biyana’s time at ASU is a $150,000 award she won with Fulton Schools Professor Rolf Halden to support a nonprofit startup that developed testing to detect the presence of COVID-19 in wastewater. That led to a $1 million Rockefeller Foundation award to help the Navajo Nation cope with the COVID pandemic. Biyana now plans to pursue a career in the recycling industry while continuing to work on her startup venture.