Hengameh Bayat is a second year Ph. D student in the Chemical and Materials Engineering Department at New Mexico State University. Hengameh has been selected to receive the 2019 Jacqueline Shields Memorial scholarship from the Air and Waste Management Association (A&WMA) for her exceptional work in waste management research and study. She was chosen from a pool of applicants from around the world to receive the above award. She is currently working in Dr. Umakanta Jena’s lab where she is conducting research on hydrothermal processing of food waste into renewable fuel and value-added products.