I am Syeed Md Iskander, a postdoctoral research associate in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Southern California (USC). At USC, I am working on food waste treatment (e.g., anaerobic membrane bioreactor, aerobic composting, and thermal treatment) with a focus on antibiotic resistance fate. Furthermore, I am fabricating elctrospun hydrophobic membrane for membrane distillation applicaiton. Prior to joining USC, I earned my Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech (VT). My Ph.D. research, funded by the Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF), was on resource recovery and contaminant removal from landfill leachate. I applied bioelectrochemical treatments, membrane-based separation, and advanced oxidation for this. Additionally, I worked on disinfection byproducts (DBPs) formed during leachate treatment due to in situ chlorination and chloramination. Before joining VT, I earned my MS in Environmental Engineering from Washington State University (WSU) and BS in Civil Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) in December 2014 and April 2012 respectively.
After completing my postdoctoral appointment, I plan to begin as a tenure track faculty in the field of environmental engineering. As Johann Wolfgang von Goethe wrote, “Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.”