- Negin and Paige presented talks at the South Carolina Environmental Conference in Myrtle Beach, SC, while Ao, Emily and Jess presented posted. Ao won first place in the student poster competition, and Jess won third place.
- Emily B. received the A. Ray Abernathy Water Environment Association Fellowship and Jess received the Linvil G. Rich Water Environment Association Fellowship for the 2019 calendar year. Both Emily and Jess were recognized at the opening ceremony of the South Carolina Environmental Conference in Myrtle Beach, SC.
- Karla Diviesti (Biosystems Engineering junior) and Emily Miller (Chemical Engineering sophomore) join the group as undergraduate students. Karla and Emily will work on microbial fuel cells, while Allen will work on anaerobic membrane bioreactors.
- Spencer Lindsay joins the group as an M.S. student. Spencer will work on microbial fuel cells on a project funded by the South Carolina Space Grant Consortium.
- Sudeep presented Emily M.'s work on peroxide production in microbial fuel cells at the annual meeting of the Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology in Chicago, IL.
- Clancy and Nick presented their summer research results at the closing meeting of the 2018 Palmetto Academy supported by the South Carolina Space Grant Consortium, at the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC.
- Emily M. successfully defended her M.S. thesis. She begins working at WithersRavenel in Asheville, NC from August onwards.
- In collaboration with Dr. Mark Schlautman, the Popat Lab was selected to receive funding from the South Carolina Department of Agriculture through the Agribusiness Center for Research and Entrepreneurship's Competitive Grant Program, to determine options for managing the impact of quaternary ammonium compounds on wastewater treatment at poultry processing and rendering plants.