Pedro Puente

PhD Student

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  • Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering, USFQ, Ecuador [2006-2013]
  • Master’s in Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan [2013-2015]
  • PhD in Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan [2020-present]

Work experience

  • Research assistant, University of Michigan [2014-2015]
  • Public Policy Analyst, MCCTH, Ecuador [2015-2016]
  • Assistant Professor, University of Armed Forces, Ecuador [2017-2019]

Areas of interest
Resource recovery, waste water treatment, environmental biotechnology, community engagement, life cycle assessment, recycling

Research Projects
My experience in research began with anaerobic digestion for fruit processing waste.  My goal was to determine ideal operational conditions using a variety of fruit waste like mangoes, blackberries, strawberries, oranges.

As I was working on my master’s, I got the chance to work on the Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactor Pilot Plant for the assessment of anaerobic digestion with ceramic discs, hollow fiber and flat sheet membranes with real municipal wastewater in Northfield WWTP, in Michigan.

My current project focuses on co-digestion of WWTP sludge and source separated organics (SSO) in order to boost biogas production.  This study aims at generating a report for industrial facilities in their aim to maximize biogas generation and SSO handling.

Other interests
Reading, food, beer, dogs, sports

Contact info
1351 Beal Avenue,
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI, 48109
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +1 (734) 263 – 0006