Profiles of Women Working In STEM

Wiratni Budhijanto

Chemical Engineer

Dr. Wiratni Budhijanto and her colleagues invented a new way to treat waste water that’s ten-times more efficient than traditional methods, requires far less land than retention-pond systems, and releases no greenhouse gases. Her work has made her a prominent figure in the chemical engineering world and in her home country of Indonesia, where she is a professor of chemical engineering at Gadjah Mada University. Dr. Budhijanto completed her master’s degree in Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia and obtained her PhD from West Virginia University. Dr. Budhijanto has a passion for using science to benefit communities. Her research philosophy is to shift the paradigm from “how to create a technology FOR the community” to “how to socially construct a technology WITHIN the community.” She is a recipient of the ASEAN-US Science and Technology Fellowship, Schlumberger’s Faculty for the Future Fellowship, and L’OREAL-UNESCO National Fellowship Program for Women in Science.

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