- Graduate Research Assistant, University of Texas at Austin
After graduating with her BS from UC Berkeley, Yael spent seven years working at Genentech, one of the world’s leading biotech companies, developing and optimizing manufacturing processes to bring medicines to patients with unmet medical needs such as auto-immune diseases, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease. The biotech industry’s massive dependence on clean water drove her curiosity about the overall world water crisis. Her interest quickly developed into a passion and led her to pursue a graduate degree at The University of Texas at Austin.
Yael’s research focuses on establishing an analytical framework for assessing whether on-site treatment of hydraulic fracturing wastewater with distributed natural gas or renewable energy resources are feasible options. Natural gas is already onsite (and often flared), and since both wind and solar energy are abundant across most of Texas, integrated natural gas-, solar-, or wind-powered wastewater treatment facilities might be appropriate options to address the growing water impacts of the oil and gas sector. This framework will include costs, water balances, and emissions balances.
- An Inventory and Engineering Assessment of Flared Gas and Liquid Waste Streams From Hydraulic Fracturing in the USA
- Accounting for water formation from hydrocarbon fuel combustion in life cycle analyses
- Shale Boom Could Fuel Batteries
- Flaring our way out of a water crisis
- The potential for using energy from flared gas or renewable resources for on-site hydraulic fracturing wastewater treatment
- The Potential for Using Energy from Flared Gas for On-Site Hydraulic Fracturing Wastewater Treatment in Texas
- Potential for Using Energy from Flared Gas for On-Site Hydraulic Fracturing Wastewater Treatment in Texas
Ph.D. student, Civil Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering
MS, Environmental and Water Resources Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering
BS, Bioengineering, University of California at Berkeley
George J. Heuer, Jr. Ph.D. Endowed Graduate Scholarship