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Bhavik Bakshi makes media appearances

Professor Bhavik BakshiProfessor Bhavik BakshiMost people love nature, and Professor Bhavik Bakshi is no different in that regard. What sets him apart is his commitment to research that not only helps protect nature and our environment, but finds ways to exploit it safely and economically in the context of other industrial processes and engineering systems. Bakshi has been a thought leader regarding the application of engineering systems within the larger context of existing environmental systems, identifying thermodynamic principles for developing ecological solutions.

On the December 3, 2019 edition of West Virginia Morning, Dr. Bakshi discussed how adding plants and trees to the landscape could reduce air pollution by an everage of 27 percent. In the U.S., where technologies already exist for reducing air pollution, Professor Bakshi and his team found that adding more plants is cheaper than most technologies at reducing air pollution. Listen to the interview and perhaps appreciate nature even more for its wisdom and practicality, in addition to its beauty!

Dr. Bakshi was also a recent guest on WCMH-TV's NBC4's report, "Benefits of Trees."

"Trees provide a lot of services that we haven't always appreciated or taken into account when making decisions," Bakshi said, noting the ability of vegetation and tree leaves to filter out pollutants and regulate air quality and groundwater recharge. Additional benefits trees provide are a reduction in ground-level ozone and improved visibility on hot summer days because trees filter contaminants such as sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, and particulate matter.   Watch the segment here.

Trees also provide direct health benefits that go beyond natural air and water filtration. “Being in nature has a natural effect of relaxing us and reducing our blood pressure, and benefits our emotional and mental well-being," Bakshi said.

The story has been picked up by a number of other outlets, include VOA news.

Professor Bakshi is the author of Sustainable Engineering: Principles and Practice (Cambridge University Press, 2019) and recently won the 2019 AIChE Environmental Division's Lawrence K. Cecil Award in Environmental Chemical Engineering, the highest AIChE honor in the field, and the 2019 AIChE Sustainable Engineering Forum Education Award.