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Kevin Orner
Kevin Orner
PhD Candidate, Environmental Engineering
2017 Fulbright Research Grant to Costa Rica

Kevin Orner is a proud PhD Environmental Engineering candidate, and recipient of the 2017 Fulbright Research Grant to Costa Rica. His research includes investigating the recovery of nutrients and energy from pig and cow manure in Costa Rica.

This research is timely because Costa Rica does not treat 95% of its wastewater and has water quality challenges due to untreated waste from agriculture. He will collaborate with scientists and community members from Costa Rica and develop partnerships for future research.

When asked about his experience with the Office of National Scholarships, Kevin addressed the importance of understanding that resources are available for students who are serious about leaving a legacy. "National scholarships provide students with valuable experiences which are widely recognized. Take advantage of the support that ONS provides," says Kevin.

He considers the Fulbright Research Grant his greatest accomplishment at USF.

After graduation, Kevin will pursue a faculty position in Environmental Engineering, in which he intends to research resource recovery technologies nationally and internationally, teach environmental engineering with integration of themes in sustainability and humanitarian engineering, and serve local and global communities through sustained mutually beneficial collaboration.

Congratulations, Kevin!

Interested in Fulbright Scholarship opportunities? Please email Ms. Lauren Chambers for scholarship application information: