- Masters of Science, Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, 2019
- Bachelors of Engineering, Environmental Engineering, University of Delaware, 2017
I am broadly interested in resource recovery, microbial ecology, environmental biotechnology and emerging wastewater treatment technologies. I previously studied phosphorus mineral recovery with aerobic granular sludge and in my dissertation work I plan to study platform chemical recovery using anaerobic digestion and treatment technologies.
Margenot, A. J., Kitt, D., Gramig, B. M., Berkshire, T. B., Chatterjee, N., Hertzberger, A. J., … Cusick, R. D. (2019). Toward a Regional Phosphorus (Re)cycle in the US Midwest. Journal of Environment Quality, 48(5), 1397. https://doi.org/10.2134/jeq2019.02.0068
Afrooz, A. R. M. N., Pitol, A. K., Kitt, D., & Boehm, A. B. (2018). Role of microbial cell properties on bacterial pathogen and coliphage removal in biochar-modified stormwater biofilters. Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology, 4(12), 2160–2169. https://doi.org/10.1039/C8EW00297E
Honors and Awards
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (2017)
University of Illinois Urbana Champaign CEE Distinguished Graduate Fellowship (2017)
University of Illinois Urbana Champaign College of Engineering SURGE Fellowship (2017)
University of Illinois Urbana Champaign Graduate College Fellowship (2017)
Hagerty Environmental Undergraduate Award (2016)
Conference and Poster Presentations
Kitt, D., Cusick, R. “Characterizing the Mechanism and Rate of Calcium Phosphate Precipitation in Aerobic Granular Sludge” Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference. Chicago, IL, September 2019, Oral presentation.
Kitt, D., Cusick, R. “Characterizing the Mechanism and Rate of Calcium Phosphate Precipitation in Aerobic Granular Sludge” AEESP Conference 2019. Phoenix, AZ, May 2019, Oral presentation.
Kitt, D., Cusick, R. “Characterizing the potential of waste aerobic granular sludge as an ion selective seed material for phosphorus recovery from nutrient rich wastewater” International Water Association Biofilms: Granular Sludge Conference. Delft, Netherlands, March 2018, Poster presentation.
Outside of the lab I enjoy reading, baking, spending time outdoors, and traveling.
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