Headshot of Emily Bedell, young woman with pigtail braids, blue sweatshirt
Environmental Engineering

Emily Bedell is a Graduate Research Assistant in the Mortenson Center in Engineering for Developing Communities and Doctoral Student in the Environmental Engineering program at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her current research centers around the development of an optimized, low-cost fluorescence sensor for detection of E. Coli in water distribution systems. Emily is instituting rapid prototyping techniques using a 3D printer, CNC machine, and PCB design to optimize components and configurations of the sensor. The goals of this research are to make a contribution to impact assessment of Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene interventions in low and middle income countries using the quantitative data provided by the sensors.


Emily holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Nevada, Reno and an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Portland State University. For her masters research work she completed a study on unmanned aerial vehicle-based structure from motion biomass inventory estimates. In this research she quantified the impact of riparian restoration projects on biomass growth using a small quadcopter UAV. Emily also worked for two years at Suvelope Solar, a small solar hot water company in Reno, NV where she manufactured, designed, and installed solar hot water systems in residential and commercial settings. In her free time Emily likes to be outside, sew, skateboard, and talk social and environmental justice with her friends.


  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno
  • MS in Mechanical Engineering, Portland State University