Environmental engineering researcher named Presidential Fellow
A native of Falls Church, VA, Laszakovits studies how naturally occurring compounds are altered by different drinking water treatment processes. These compounds react with disinfectants at the end of treatment to form cancer-causing compounds, called disinfection byproducts. Her research aims to reduce the public's exposure to these cancer-causing compounds. "Currently, we don't know what the disinfectants react with to form cancer-causing compounds," she stated. "Ultimately, what we learn can help drinking water treatment plant operators make decisions that minimize the formation of disinfectant byproducts."
Ms. Laszakovits appreciates Ohio State's acknowledgement of her academic efforts. "It feels validating to have my research received positively. I'm excited to have the support to dedicate my time to a project that I'm passionate about," she said. July expects to complete her studies in early 2021 and looked back fondly at her Buckeye research experiences. "Coming to Ohio State from a small liberal arts university (University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA) was a really big transition," she recalled. "Being part of CEGE, specifically the environmental engineering labs, has allowed me to learn a lot about other research areas. It's humbling to be part of such a diverse group."