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PhD Student
Environmental Engineering • Engineering for Developing Communities

Caleb is a graduate research assistant on the USAID Sustainable WASH Systems (SWS) Learning Partnership. As a second-year PhD student in Environmental Engineering, his largest interests and future aspirations lie at the interface of scientific research, practical action and policy regarding rural water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services. He is co-advised by both Dr. Karl Linden and Dr. Amy Javernick-Will.

His research currently looks at conditions which make up the enabling environment for maintenance of rural water infrastructure in Uganda and Kenya, trying to better understand the challenges facing rural maintenance providers and how these challenges relate to the service area contexts in which they work. He actively works closely with two organizations who work in rural water maintenance, Whave in Uganda and FundiFix in Kenya. He recently returned from a four-month trip supporting both Whave and another SWS partner, IRC WASH, in Uganda through the spring and summer of 2019. He also previously worked for IRC WASH in Uganda during the summer of 2018, exploring the use of pay-as-you-fetch tariff collection at hand pumps and capacity building of the local hand pump mechanics association in the western Kabarole District of the country. Caleb also worked for Water for People for 1.5 years in both Denver, Colorado, and in Uganda. 

He’s always looking for another excuse to live in a new culture for a while, preferably with good hiking nearby. He's a big fan of his dog, good food, long road trips, long runs, and any spare second he can find to craft a new song on the piano or guitar. 


  • PhD in Environmental Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder, intended graduation 2021

  • BS in Civil Engineering, Purdue University, 2017 

Minor: Global Engineering Studies


  • John and Sharon Reynold’s Civil Engineering Scholar, Purdue University Lyles School of Civil Engineering, 2016-2017

  • Harold E. Rein Civil Engineering Scholar, Purdue University Lyles School of Civil Engineering, 2016