Kinnari Malav Shah

Ph.D. Students

Ph.D. Candidate, Earth & Environmental Engineering, Columbia University
B.S., Chemical and Biological Engineering, Princeton University (2014)

Kinnari Shah joined Professor Yip's research group in Fall 2019. She completed her bachelor's in Chemical Engineering at Princeton University in 2014 and completed an undergraduate thesis on computational modeling of gas-particle fluidized beds. From there, Kinnari spent 5 years at ExxonMobil, where she worked on water use/reuse, water treatment, and wastewater treatment. Currently, Kinnari’s research focuses on elucidating fundamental mechanisms that govern the transport of water, salt, and solvent in Temperature Swing Solvent Extraction, thus furthering the pursuit of sustainable desalination of high salinity streams.

Outside of her work, Kinnari likes to play her bass guitar, grow and forage mushrooms, and scuba dive.


NSF Graduate Research Fellow

Columbia University Provost’s Diversity Fellow, 2019

Columbia University’s 3 Minute Thesis Winner, 2022

ACS Environmental Chemistry Graduate Student Awardee, 2023