Carleton University’s Dr. Banu Örmeci is a finalist in the 2010 Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation (OCRI) Awards.

Örmeci is Canada Research Chair in Wastewater and Public Health Engineering and an associate professor with Carleton’s department of civil and environmental engineering. Her research examines better ways to produce safer drinking water and wastewater, including issues related to disinfection, removal of contaminants and biosolids treatment. She recently received funding from the Walkerton Clean Water Centre to investigate real-time monitoring methods for water and wastewater disinfection. In January, the Canadian Water Network gave her and chemistry professor Edward Lai $159,000 to find ways to cleanse water of drugs, personal care products and endocrine-disrupting compounds that are found in products such as birth control pills, over-the-counter drugs, cosmetics and fragrances. In 2008, she was selected as an Outstanding Young Scientist by the Royal Society of Canada and the InterAcademy Panel on International Issues, and represented Canada at the Summer World Economic Forum. In 2007, she received an Ontario Early Researcher Award. She has two U.S. patents on sludge dewatering.

Winners will be announced at the 2010 OCRI Awards ceremony on April 8 at the Hilton Lac Leamy. The OCRI Awards gala is the premier awards event for the region’s business, research and academic community. The annual event recognizes the achievements of some of the most successful organizations and individuals in Ottawa.

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