Ms. Victoria Hewitt

Grant Category: Fulbright-Nehru Student Research Program
Field of Specialization: Environmental Engineering
Name: Ms. Victoria Hewitt      
Official Address: Princeton, New Jersey
Indian Host Institution: Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur,
Uttar Pradesh
Duration of Grant &
Start Date :
Duration: 9 months
August 2011

Brief Bio:
Ms. Victoria Hewitt is a 2011 graduate of Princeton University. She majored in Civil and Environmental Engineering and developed a strong interest in water issues during the past four years. She studied abroad at Ashesi University in Ghana in the first half of 2009, taking classes and volunteering at a microfinance institution. She worked in Hyderabad, India with International Water Management Institute in the summer of 2009, where she and another Princeton colleague evaluated an annual Indian water conference. In the fall of 2009, she worked in the US and in Togo to assess the best way to provide safe drinking water to a small town. The assessment is now being used by a donor to provide water to this town that has neither electricity nor safe drinking water. In the summer of 2010, Ms. Hewitt stayed in the US and worked at Schlumberger as a field engineer intern and in the maintenance shop. Her senior thesis at Princeton is titled, "Fenton's Reagent as a Treatment for Reactive Dye Textile Wastewater: Optimization and Design." Ms. Hewitt enjoys the outdoors, whether playing sports such as soccer, volleyball, and football, or hiking. She has led three week-long hiking trips for freshman in the past three years. Ms. Hewitt is an active member at her church and desires to serve others and serve God with the gifts and opportunities she has been given.
A wastewater treatment plant in Gujarat treats effluents from over 500 industrial plants. The industries produce complex wastes that should be processed before entering the main sections of the treatment plant in order to reduce negative environmental impacts. Ms. Hewitt's Fulbright-Nehru research is titled as "Advanced Treatment of Industrial Wastewater." This research analyzes two of the complex waste streams entering the existing plant and find the optimal pre-treatment processes for these two streams, using chemical oxidation and biological treatment techniques. Additionally, future large-scale organizational options to treat the water will also be considered.