Lakshmi Manjoosha Adapa
My name is Lakshmi, currently a second year DPhil student at St Edmund Hall, Oxford. I was born in India and completed my primary and secondary education in different parts of the world such as China, France and Malaysia. In 2012, I graduated from the MEng Engineering Science course from Jesus College, Oxford. In the first two years of undergraduate studies, we all studied core subjects which formed the essential foundations of general engineering, such as heat and mass transfer, mechanics and electronics and then, in our third and fourth years we were made to specialize in an area. Chemical Engineering, in particular, appealed to me because of the challenges involved in the application of scientific theory to practical problems, tackling some of the world's most urgent problems. We, chemical engineers, help to sustain society by managing natural resources, recycling and protecting the environment.
Currently, my DPhil research is focused on exploiting metal-organic-microbial interactions for metal recovery in engineered systems as well as treating metalworking fluid wastewater. I work in Professor Ian Thompson's group of Environmental Biotechnology at Begbroke Science park. This Project is funded by Singapore Peking and Oxford Research Enterprise (SPORE), responsible for Water Eco-Efficiency. I also work with Don Porcelli in Earth Sciences department where I have received necessary training and support from the group to analyse my samples using high end analytical instrumentation.
Studying at Oxford has been both challenging, yet a truly rewarding experience as I have been given the opportunity to meet highly motivated and exceptional students and professionals who have inspired me from various walks of life. Alongside academics, I am an active member of the student community through my volunteer work and involvement in different societies, such as Enactus Oxford for example. I look forward to continuing my work in this field of Environmental Sciences and hope to combine my passion for helping others with the knowledge that I have acquired as an Engineering student to leave a lasting mark on whichever social avenue I shall choose to dedicate my efforts!