Popular Science magazine has named Fangqiong Ling, assistant professor at the McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, one of its “Brilliant 10.”
The magazine’s signature awards program highlights early-career scientists and engineers who are working to make the world a better place.
Popular Science began publishing the “Brilliant 10” in 2002 to highlight 10 assistant or associate professors in science and engineering at universities across the country. Its editorial team assessed hundreds of candidates from institutions of all sizes before settling on the finalists.
Ling’s research group in the Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering has received support from the Ralph Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award and the National Science Foundation CAREER program, among others. Her work was recognized by the International Water Association and the International Society of Microbial Ecology Biocluster Rising Star award. Her research aims to tell the story of microbes in water — drinking water and wastewater — and to use what she learns from the microbial systems to guide development of tools to improve everything from public health to quality of life.