Aravind Surapaneni

Biosolids to Biochar Trial


Aravind is Program Manager for IWN’s Biosolids and Resource Recovery Program

Dr Aravind Surapaneni obtained PhD at Massey University in New Zealand in 1994 after completing Bachelors and Masters in India. From 1995-2006 Aravind was with Department of Primary Industries (DPI) at Tatura (near Shepparton in Victoria) as a Senior Research Scientist. After two years stint in US (2007 and 2008) working in the pharmaceutical industry and an ultimatum from family to return to Australia (or don’t bother coming back), Aravind joined South East Water in 2009 (Dream job really!).

Aravind’s current role at South East Water as a Senior Research and Planning Scientist is to drive recycled water, biosolids, waste management, soils and groundwater programs that will contribute to the understanding and management of product risk. He is responsible for leading water industry and academic research programs and collaborations at state and national level. He also develops business opportunities and creates industry-focused strategies to deal with common industry problems with an aim to developing cost-effective and sustainable solutions to water industry.

Aravind is also Program Manager for IWN’s Biosolids and Resource Recovery Program. He is also Deputy Director – Industry for the recently established “Australian Research Council (ARC) Training Centre for the Transformation of Australia’s Biosolids Resource” based at RMIT Bundoora campus.

Aravind also obtained Diploma in Project Management in 2010 from Swinburne University.

He likes to think he is the only Indian Aussie on the planet who had an opportunity to travel to North Korea and Sierra Leon!

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