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Veera M Boddu

Chemical Engineer

Biography and Research

Dr. Veera Boddu has been the Research Leader of the Plant Polymer Research Unit at NCAUR, USDA-ARS, Peoria, IL since 2015. Before joining the USDA, Dr. Boddu was a Senior Scientist with the Environmental Processes Branch, U.S. Army Corps Research Laboratories in Champaign, IL. He has over 18 years of experience with the federal government as a leader, manager, and researcher. He received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Warangal India, his M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India, his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Missouri, and his Certificate of Business Administration from the University of Illinois. As Research Leader, Dr. Boddu is responsible for program development and execution of basic and applied research to develop value-added products from agricultural commodities. He focuses on developing fundamental knowledge of scientific significance and valuable information leading to pilot scale demonstrations and eventual transfer technologies to external agents, stakeholders, and other industrial collaborators. Dr. Boddu is also a member of a team of scientists that conducts research to treat agricultural runoff water contaminated with pesticides, nitrate, and phosphate fertilizers using biopolymers and filtration techniques using filter media made from avocado pits and biochars derived from pennycress (an oil seed cover crop). Dr. Boddu promotes scientific innovation, external collaborations, and technology transfer and fosters workplace diversity, STEM and outreach activities, a can-do attitude, and a team approach.


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