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Dr. Felycia Edi Soetaredjo was recognized in the 2018 edition of the Asian Scientist 100


March 20th 2018, 15:15 Want Daily

Li You-Shan


Dr. Felycia Edi Soetaredjo, an Indonesian Ph.D. graduate from the Department of Chemical Engineering at Taiwan Tech, was recognized in the 2018 edition of the Asian Scientist 100. Currently teaching in Widya Mandala Catholic University, Surabaya, Indonesia, she has helped improve wastewater processing with economical and effective approaches. She was recognized for her outstanding and practical research results. Also listed as an honouree is Dr. Sue Huey-Jen, President of National Cheng Kung University.


The Asian Scientist 100 is awarded by Singaporean science magazine Asian Scientist. Dr. Felycia Edi Soetaredjo received her Ph.D. from the Department of Chemical Engineering at Taiwan Tech in 2013. Soon after, she returned to Indonesia to teach at Widya Mandala Catholic University and is currently Deputy Dean of the College of Engineering. After graduating from Taiwan Tech, she has been maintaining academic collaborations with Taiwan Tech as well as promoting the two universities’ joint dual degree program in chemical engineering.


Dr. Felycia Edi Soetaredjo’s research focuses primarily on the removal of reactive and toxic organic compounds in wastewater. She has stated that factory discharge has a serious impact on an ecosystem. She grew up by the side of a river and noticed that people ate fish with toxins without being aware of it, which is harmful to their health. This is owing to the fact that some factories neglect the processing of wastewater because of its high cost. Hence, as a citizen living in a developing country, she has devoted herself to finding more effective and economical ways of processing wastewater so as to solve wastewater problems in developing countries.


Dr. Felycia Edi Soetaredjo developed a process to treat wastewater using Fenton reagents and subcritical processes. It is able to degrade 98% of pollutant compounds in wastewater. Neutralization and adsorption are also used to adjust the pH of wastewater before it can be reused. She is currently applying for a patent for this innovation.


She was awarded the 2017 OWSD - Elsevier Foundation Award, which honors five outstanding female scientists in developing countries each year. Established in 2011, this award is jointly conferred by the Organization for Women In Science for the Developing World (OWSD) and The Elsevier Foundation, the world’s largest publisher of scientific literature. Recipients of this award have produced research results of significant influence both locally and internationally.


President of Taiwan Tech Liao Ching-Jong stated that Taiwan Tech has the largest number of international graduate students as well as the largest number of Indonesian students of any university in Taiwan. Many of them were lecturers in their home countries. Having obtained their doctoral degrees at Taiwan Tech, these international students return to their home countries to teach. Quite a number of them serve as deans of colleges or vice presidents of their universities. They maintain research collaboration and contact with Taiwan Tech, which can be seen as a continuation of the school’s internationalization efforts.


 (Want Daily)

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