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Kyle Knupp

BSE M.S. Student

M.S., Biological Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2021 Expected

B.S., Biological Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2019

August 2019-present, Graduate Research Assistant, Biological Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech

April 2018-July 2019, Engineering Intern, Town of Blacksburg Public Works

June 2017-August 2017, Environmental Health and Safety Intern, Kautex Textron

May 2016-August 2016, Engineering Intern, Thomas Engineering Group

Outstanding Sophomore of the Year, Virginia Tech Biological Systems Engineering, 2017

I am currently working on two projects. The first is an analysis of the performance of a new advanced bioretention cell installed at the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond, VA. The cell is designed to specifically remove nitrogen from the stormwater, as bioretention cells have long struggled to do this. We will be measuring the influent and effluent water streams to analyze water quality indicators including suspended sediment, total phosphorus, and total nitrogen. This research will determine if this style of bioretention is a viable option for BMPs in the future. My second project is measuring multiple genetic modifications of a plant versus their wild type in regards to their ability to uptake phosphorus. These plants, if successfully able to increase their uptake, will be useful for bioremediation, buffer strips, and fertilizer production in the form of biochar.