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Current P2 Intern Feature—Eli Miller, Circuit Rider Intern

Eli MillerA senior at Kansas State University majoring in biological systems engineering, Eli Miller has spent the past summer as a circuit rider intern with K-State’s PPI P2 Intern Program.

“I wanted the experience of working with people in the environmental industry and to observe industrial manufacturing,” Miller said. “I also hoped to learn new methods of approaching environmental problems.”

His internship duties took him to three metal parts manufacturers, two food and/or beverage manufacturers, and one scientific laboratory to assist these companies in identifying ways to save energy, and reduce chemical usage, water and hazardous waste.

As a circuit rider intern, Miller found pollution prevention opportunities for these companies in just one- or two-day, on-site visits. His initial findings indicated his clients could save thousands of dollars on utility bills, hazardous waste disposal costs, air-emissions fees and chemical purchases by implementing simple changes to their operations or raw material usage.

“My favorite part of the internship was being able to go through a scientific process of gathering information and research, and then present possible solutions,” he said.

Despite Covid-19 challenges and the need for extra precautions on his site visits to industry, Miller was still grateful for the new experiences he gained. His final findings will be published on the P2 Case Summary page in the fall.

Miller plans to continue in engineering and eventually complete a master’s degree in biological systems engineering. A fulfillment of his career plans would be to one day work in habitat and ecosystem restoration.

The Pollution Prevention Institute wishes summer 2020 intern, Eli Miller, much success in all his future endeavors.

Upcoming Events

EPA Pollution Prevention Webinar Series – includes upcoming and archived presentations.

Fall 2020: a free roundtable focusing on “Pollution Prevention for Metal Finishing Industries” is planned and this event will be hosted by K-State Pollution Prevention Institute. More details available soon.