Harrison Onome Tighiri


My name is Harrison Onome Tighiri. I'm from Nicosia. I go to Cyprus International University where I am a PhD Environmental Sciences candidate.

What sustainability, energy, and community issues are important to you?

The sustainability issues that are of great interest to me in my community are basically waste (solid and liquid), recycle and treatment. Well as an environmental scientist, wastewater treatment, solid waste minimization and recycling have been of great interest to me. Looking at our immediate society of today wastewater and solid waste from municipalities and industries has been of great menace. Proper treatment of this wastewater and recycling of these solid waste has to some extent not be considered sustainably mostly in my country, Nigeria. It's feasible at the community level to carry out a recycling program for the non-biodegradable solid waste and also to produce energy from the biodegradable ones. A proper landfilling system is required to minimize solid waste and generate energy from the landfill system.

What exciting projects/research are you working on now?

My current research activity is basically focused on an assessment of the sustainability of pilot scale leachate treatment using microalgae-bacteria consortia and products utilization bio-processes. In line with this, I have been actively involved in several research and optimization studies which have produced two basic articles which are currently under review. This study looks holistically on the use of microalgae-bacteria consortia to completely treat landfill leachate in an advanced bioreactor which will be designed for the study. The bioreactor will also incorporate marine bio-refinery concept, i.e., production of biodiesel, bioethanol and other co-products from the used microalgae. The toxicological effect analysis of leachate before and after treatment will also be evaluated and finally, the environmental impact and cost analysis of the leachate proposed treatment will be evaluated.

What are your plans for the next five years?

I am not sure! I hope SISE can help me figure it out! I may have to step out of my role as a university instructor as some point in my career, but I'm not sure when and where. I could see myself working as an environmental and energy consultant for NGOs, private companies and government parastatals.

What made you want to apply to SISE?

I wish to expand my technical knowledge of information systems on sustainability and energy studies and turn my focus towards their wide-scale applications in industries and research field as a Sustainability and Energy Consultant. By reading the program available online, I have found that the subject material covered will best suit my career goals. Lastly, the prospect of participating in the summer school program is an excellent way to observe divergent information systems, as well as build upon my cultural cognizance. I am in search of taking my career to the next level. The subjects offered in this program are specifically in line with my professional goals. Additionally, summer school provides a great grounding in which to further experience divergent cultures and exchange knowledge. I am certain that the knowledge and skills I have learned so far would make me a valuable addition to the Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy program, University of Illinois, Chicago.

What are you most looking forward to doing in Chicago?

Whenever I travel, I always try to pay attention to the cultural background of the people living there and how they live their everyday lives and what role the built environment plays. Then I look forward to visiting interesting/exciting locations in that environment, such as parks, museum, local shops/restaurant/markets, gym center, football, culture activities etc. Most of all learn more about the architectural structure of the buildings in the cities, the energy sectors and looking forward to making new friends and collaborations.

Do you like Cats? If not, are you willing to learn to like cats?

Well currently in the city where I reside, there are cats all over. So for a whilenow, I have been literally dwelling with them in my street. So, basically I can cope with them around.