October 2, 2013

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Meng Wang Receives Battelle Award for Outstanding Doctoral Research

COLUMBIA, Md. — Meng Wang, PhD, a senior staff engineer in Geosyntec's Columbia, Md., office, was selected as one of five winners in the 2010 Battelle Monterey conference student paper competition. She will present her award-winning paper, "Hydrodynamic Impacts on Bacterial Chemotaxis in Heterogeneous Porous Media," at the Seventh International Conference on Remediation of Chlorinated and Recalcitrant Compounds held in Monterey, Ca., in May 2010.

Meng's paper investigates the effect of chemotaxis on microbial migration in porous media under different hydrodynamic conditions. Chemotaxis is the directed migration of a bacterial population in response to a chemical concentration gradient.

Meng, a recent University of Virginia (UVA) graduate, performed her doctoral research on the bacterial chemotactic effects on microbial transport phenomena in bioremediation and biofilm formation. Recently, she was the lead author of the published article "Quantitative Analysis of Transverse Bacterial Migration Induced by Chemotaxis in a Packed Column with Structured Physical Heterogeneity," which appeared in Environmental Science and Technology's January 15, 2010 issue. The co-author, Prof. Roseanne M. Ford, was Meng's graduate advisor at the University of Virginia's Department of Chemical Engineering.

Meng holds a PhD and MS in chemical engineering from UVA. She earned her BS in biochemical engineering from Zhejiang University in P. R. China. This is the third consecutive Battelle Monterey conference in which a Geosyntec staff member has won the student paper competition. Previous Geosyntec winners were Ilisa Tawney in 2006 and Dave Himmelheber in 2008. Meng can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 410.381.4333.