The Institute of Energy & the Environment is excited to announce that PhD student Fattaneh Naderi Behdani has been awarded an International Doctoral Degree Fellowship of $20,000 from the American Association of University Women (AAUW). Founded in 1881, AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research and has been empowering women as individuals and as a community. Fattaneh, a student in chemical engineering, is very interested in in desalination issues and her research involves investigating electrodialysis processes in the non-ohmic region. Recently she successfully passed her comprehensive exam. She is from Iran and her doctorate degree will give her the opportunity to help both her country and other countries that are facing water scarcity. She is co-advised by Paul Andersen, associate professor of Chemical & Materials Engineering and director of IEE and WERC: A Consortium for Environmental Education and Technology Development, and Abbas Ghassemi, emeritus professor.