This month, we welcome Dr. Mukherjee for the interview of the month:
MD: Dr. Mukherjee could you briefly talk about your environmental experience?
PM: I am holding a BS and an MS degree in Civil Engineering from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India.
After my MS degree, I worked as an Environmental Engineer in the Enviroprotection Division of an engineering consulting firm; Development Consultants Ltd, in Kolkata, India for about 4 years. I graduated from Lehigh University with a PhD in 2003. My thesis was on “Relative Permeation Of Ions In Reverse Osmosis Processes Using Ion Exchange Selectivity Data: Theoretical Approach And Experimental Validation”.
Some of my roles after graduation includes:
Teaching Assistant in Civil and Environmental Engineering Dept of Lehigh University in PA.
Post Doctoral Researcher/Water and Wastewater Treatment Instructor in Howard University in DC
Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Department in California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.
In 2005, I resigned to take a break in my career to raise my kids. I stayed current with my field during this break by continuing to publish journal papers, book chapter, etc. and doing related reviews.
MD: What are the main challenges of being a woman, mother, wife and an amazing environmentalist in this industry?
PM:The main challenge of being a woman in the industry is to balance work and home life. I feel that the time when one is supposed to be the most productive at work is the same time when one is expected to build a family. I would like to see more support for women at this time. It is like feeling guilty at all fronts.
MD: What are your thoughts regarding developments in reverse osmosis?
PM: Reverse Osmosis is a treatment method which will be used more and more in the future. It can be used as a treatment method for water treatment plants as well as for a small domestic individual unit. Since it is modular in construction, the system is extremely flexible in case there is a higher demand. Reverse Osmosis is the choice technology for desalination.
There are many other competitive water treatment technologies available. Ion exchange ,Donnan membrane, EDR are some of the water treatment technologies available.
MD: Thank you, Dr. Mukherjee for sharing your experience with us.
Dr. Mukherjee lives in NJ with her husband and her two beautiful children. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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Well, this is one of the biggest challenges of most EHS professionals throughout the industry: Getting the executives on board with EHS program implementation!
I think one of the best ways to approach this challenge is to express the potential EHS benefits in numbers. In the manufacturing industry, one of the goals is to maximize the production while minimizing downtown. Effective EHS programs reduce cost and contribute to the continuous success of your business.
Appropriate implementation of the relevant EHS programs in a facility will dramatically reduce the injury rate, downtime caused by injuries and lost days at work, not to mention the workers’ compensation costs.
Also, by ensuring environmental, health and safety compliance, the related potential fines and penalties by the regulatory agencies will be eliminated as well.
Another example would be, by doing an EHS site audit, it’s very possible to discover that the “so-called” hazardous waste by-product that you pay thousands of dollards to be hauled every year is actually nothing but 99% water with some impurities.
There might be similar cases in your facility. If you take some time, and try to put them in numbers and present your results to your management team, some positive outcomes might be in order!
Good Luck! 🙂