Doctoral dissertation highlight

image of person head and shoulders: Nighat Afroz Chowdhury,  Graduate Research Assistant at University of Arizona
Nighat Afroz Chowdhury, 
Graduate Research Assistant at University of Arizona

CMI researchers from the University of Arizona conducted the activity for this highlight.

Nighat Afroz Chowdhury, a CMI graduate researcher at the University of Arizona, successfully defended her PhD dissertation in November 2023. She will transition to a Postdoctoral Analyst at Argonne National Laboratory, to continue her research on sustainable recycling of critical materials for clean energy applications.


  • Conducted techno-economic analysis, life cycle assessment, and design of experiments to support commercially viable and environmentally sustainable technology development.
  • Co-authored three papers and one book chapter supported by CMI.
  • Awarded 2023 Outstanding Graduate Student in Systems & Industrial Engineering at U Arizona.

Significance and Impact

  • Identify process bottlenecks and improvement opportunities in early-stage technology development.
  • Assess sustainability and model robustness under dynamic market conditions.

Hub Target Addressed 
Providing the leaders, technical experts and skilled professionals needed by U.S. industry to assure its supply chains.