Engineering Professor Awarded US Patent for Wastewater Remediation Treatment System

Dr. Stephanie Luster-Teasley associate professor with a joint appointment in the department of civil, architectural and environmental engineering and the department of chemical, biological and bioengineering was awarded United States Patent No. 8,519,061 for her development of a controlled release chemical oxidation polymer system for the remediation of wastewater.=

The polymer system, which she explains works like an "environmental pill" is able to slowly release the chemical oxidation treatment at controlled rates. The biodegradable polymer used in her invention, combined with the chemical oxidants are effective at the reduction of bacteria concentrations in wastewater and the improvement of color and odor.

Luster-Teasley has reached a milestone in her research by receiving the US Patent and is the first female African-American faculty member to be named inventor on a patent issued to N.C. A&T.   The issuance of the patent is the direct result of the collaborative work between the College of Engineering and the Division of Research's Office of Technology Transfer, Dr. Laura Collins, Louis Judge and Wayne Safranski.

About Stephanie Luster-Teasley

As a professor, Luster-Teasley has demonstrated excellence in teaching, research, and service.  Honors include the 2005 National Women of Color in Technology Educational Leadership Award, the 2006 Rookie Researcher of the Year Award, and the 2008 Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award.  In 2010, she led the N.C. A&T team that developed the winning National 4-H Science Youth Day experiment used by millions of K-8 students worldwide.    

Most recently, Luster-Teasley received the UNC Board of Governors Excellence in Teaching Award. She also received funding from the Department of Education for developing a mentoring program for students in STEM disciplines, the National Science Foundation for developing and implementing case studies modules in science labs, and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund to implement science programs for middle school girls.   Overall, her disciplinary and science education research includes over $2,000,000 of funding.

Luster-Teasley received her bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from North Carolina A&T State University, a master of science in chemical engineering and doctoral degree in environmental engineering from Michigan State University.