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Elizabeth (Zee) Travis is working towards her master’s degree in Environmental Engineering. She is part of the Engineering for Developing Communities (EDC) certificate program and is also working towards an interdisciplinary certificate in Environment, Policy, and Society. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado in Biochemistry and Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology.  As part of the EDC certificate program she traveled to Iquitos, Peru, where she helped conduct a monitoring and evaluation project assessing the effectiveness of various community water treatment plants through water quality testing and household surveys. As part of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Reinvent the Toilet Challenge team  she is working on creating a low maintenance and sustainable odor control module for treating fecal pyrolysis exhaust. Her research includes quantifying the odor from fecal pyrolysis, quantifying the hydrogen sulfide released during fecal pyrolysis,  and looking at the ability of char created using fecal biomass for the treatment of hydrogen sulfide and odor. She is particularly interested in WASH, development policy, microbiology, water resource development, and water reuse.