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John T. Trimmer
PhD Student in Environmental Engineering at UIUC
M.S. Environmental Engineering from the University of South Florida
B.S. in Civil Engineering from Bucknell University 

jtrimme2@illinois.edu
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Research Project: Resource Recovery from Sanitation - Quantifying Potential Impacts on Development and Exploring Approaches for Resource-Limited Settings
 
Bio and Research Description: After graduating from Bucknell University in 2010, John enrolled in the Peace Corps Master's International Program at the University of South Florida, which combined the coursework and research of a Master's degree with Peace Corps service. As a Peace Corps Volunteer, John lived in southern Uganda for three years and worked with a local organization called Brick by Brick Uganda, which focused on water and sanitation, economic development, and improving schol infrastructure in local communities. While there, John also conducted research on urine-diverting dry toilets for his Master's thesis. This type of research eventually led him to the Guest Research Group, where John is currently working to quantify the potential global impacts of energy and nutrient recovery from sanitation systems and thinking about how these systems might be made more economical, efficient, and appropriate in resource-limited settings. When John isn't at work, you might find him composing and playing music, writing poetry, or taking a long bike ride. 

Publications:

Trimmer, J.T.; Nakyanjo, N.; Ssekubugu, R.; Sklar, M.; Mihelcic, J.R.; Ergas, S.J. Estimation of Ascaris lumbricoides egg inactivation by free ammonia treatment of ash-amended UDDT vault products using stored urine in Uganda. Journal of Water Sanitation and Hygiene for Development, 2016, 6 (2), 259-268.

Trimmer, J.T.; Nakyanjo, N.; Ssekubugu, R.; Sklar, M.; Mihelcic, J.R.; Ergas, S.J. Assessing the promotion of urine-divertng dry toilets through school-based demonstration facilities in Kalisizo, Uganda. Journal of Water Sanitation and Hygiene for Development, 2016, 6 (2), 276-286.

Kinyua, M.N.; Trimmer, J.; Izurieta, R; Cunningham, J.; Ergas, S.J. Viability and fate of Cryptosporidium parvum and Giardia lamblia in tubular anaerobic digesters, Science of the Total Environment, 2016, 554, 167-177. 

Halfhide, T.; Dalrymple, O.K.; Wilkie, A.C.; Trimmer, J.; Gillie, B.; Udom, I.; Zhang, Q.; Ergas, S.J. Growth of an indigenous algal consortium on anaerobically digested municipal sludge centrate: photobioreactor performance and modeling. Bioenergy Research, 2015, 8(1): 249-258.