Kevin Bahati, a fourth-year chemical engineering major and undergraduate research assistant in Assistant Professor Geoff Geise’s lab, has been named an American Chemical Society Scholar. Kevin, who spent the summer working as a facilities engineering intern at Southwestern Energy in Texas, joined Professor Geise’s lab as a first-year student because of the group’s polymer-based water purification research.

Kevin was raised in Africa and lived in Congo, Zambia and Uganda before immigrating to the United States through a refugee program in 2014. He has experienced first-hand living without reliable access to clean water. It is motivation to use his education and research background to make contributions that will help improve living conditions in the developing world.

“My end goal is not just about providing clean water,” he said. “I want to contribute to the progress taking place in the developing world.”