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First Environmental Sciences
Ph.D. Graduate is Kwang-Min Lee


Dr. Jerry L. Farris, Director of the Environmental Sciences Ph.D. Program, is pleased to announce the successful dissertation defense of the Ph.D. Programís first graduate, Kwang-Min Lee. Mr. Leeís defense entitled "Modeling, Optimization, and Formulation of Biopolymer (Polyhydroxyalkanoates: PHAs) Production from Industrial Wastes by Statistical Experimental Design" was presented Friday, October 18, 2002.

The interdisciplinary committee advising his research included his advisor, Dr. David Gilmore, Biological Sciences, Dr. David Harding, Political Science, Dr. Gary Emmert, Chemistry & Physics, Dr. Ricky Clifft, Engineering, Dr. Richard Grippo, Biological Sciences, and Dr. Debra Ingram, Computer Science and Mathematics.

Kwang-Min Lee is a native of Seoul, Korea. He obtained his BS in Biology from Eastern Washington University in 1991 before entering ASUís graduate program in Biology in the fall of 1993. His graduate studies were interrupted by service in the Korean Army from 1995 until 1997. In 1998 Mr. Lee earned his MS in Biology. He was one of the first four students to enroll in ASUís new Environmental Sciences Ph.D. Program in the fall of 1998. Mr. Lee is married and has two daughters.

The Environmental Sciences Ph.D. Program currently has 16 full-time students and two part-time students representing the United States, India, Korea, and Africa. At present the EVS Program works in collaboration with the Departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry & Physics, Computer Science & Mathematics, Criminology, Sociology, Social Work, and Geography from the College of Arts and Sciences; and the Department of Economics and Decision Sciences from the College of Business; the College of Agriculture; and, the College of Engineering; in addition to the newly founded Heritage Studies Ph.D. Program.

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