April 10, 2007

Yesuf captures Outstanding Thesis Award

by Tim Crosby


Jamil Yesuf

CARBONDALE, Ill. — A civil and environmental engineering graduate student at Southern Illinois University Carbondale is the winner of this academic year's Outstanding Thesis Award from the SIU Alumni Association.

Jamil Yesuf, currently a doctoral student in engineering sciences at SIUC, won for his thesis, which explored ways to remove dyes used in textiles from the water leaving a manufacturing plant. He also improved certain mathematical analysis techniques using spreadsheet optimization and examined the potential of using almond shells, a mill byproduct, to remove dye from the factory effluent.

Yesuf will receive $500 honorarium during the SIU Alumni Association Board of Directors meeting set for April 28 at Kokopelli Golf Club in Marion.

Lizette R. Chevalier, associate professor and chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at SIUC, said Yesuf's hard work and ability to apply theoretical concepts to real-world environmental issues helped him win the honor.

"He really challenged himself by making it a publishable body of work, not just a thesis," said Chevalier, who is also supervising Yesuf's doctoral work. "It was a higher level of work and he's published two articles with it so far, with a third under review."

Chevalier said Yesuf has proven a versatile researcher, achieving grants and success in several areas since arriving at SIUC.

A native of Ethiopia, Yesuf earned his undergraduate degree in 1995 at Addis Ababa University.