Vanderbilt Graduate Student Earns $10K Scholarship to Continue Water Quality Research

Salma ElSherif accepting scholarshipThe future looks bright for the 2023 recipient of the Dr. Rengao Song Scholarship for Water Science and Technology.

Salma ElSherif is pursuing her Ph.D. in Civil & Environmental Engineering at Vanderbilt University, with a specific focus on infrastructure systems.

On August 1, ElSherif received the Rengao Song Scholarship at the 2023 Kentucky/Tennessee Water Professionals Conference, held in Memphis. She was thrilled to accept the scholarship which will help further her education.

“My Ph.D. is about coupling the hydraulics and water quality modeling and control and applying them to various scales of water distribution networks so we would have more efficiently and effectively controlled dynamic water networks,” ElSherif explained.

Louisville Water Manager of Advanced Metering Infrastructure Scott Clark said ElSherif’s work impressed the panel that selected this year’s winner.

“Her application was overwhelmingly the highest-graded among all the reviewers. We believe that she embodies what the scholarship is all about and holds true to a lot of the same principles of the scholarship’s namesake,” Clark said.

This is the third year for the award created in part by Louisville Water, to support the next generation of water quality scientists. Since the scholarship was established, it has drawn a pool of highly qualified applicants committed to advancing water quality methods and research.

Salma ElSherif accepting scholarship

Dr. Rengao Song retired in 2020 following a long career as Louisville Water’s Director of Water Quality and Research. Song is considered an industry icon who was passionate about innovation and excellence in water quality.

To be eligible for the scholarship, students must be a resident of Kentucky or Tennessee or enrolled in a graduate degree program in either state. It is awarded based on the value of the research and how it supports the improvement of water quality and treatment.