Troy Hottle will be aided in earning a doctoral degree in sustainable engineering at ASU by an Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF) scholarship he was recently awarded.
The national foundation supports research and education to promote sustainable waste management practices for the benefit of communities and industry.
Hottle is pursuing his degree through the Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering program in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment. His doctoral studies adviser is associate professor Amy Landis.
The scholarship will support his research on biopolymers in municipal solid waste. He is working on developing methods for accurately assessing the environmental impacts of biopolymers throughout their life cycle from production to waste, and exploring the feasibility of using biopolymer waste in industrial composting systems.
Hottle came to ASU in 2012 after earning an undergraduate degree in Ohio, then working for Penn State University’s Cooperative Extension and in industry in Pennsylvania.
Read more about Hottle and his current research.
The EREF scholarship will provide $12,000 each year for his doctoral studies. He expects to graduate in spring 2016.