Getasew Ambelu Bayih

Randomized control trial to identify spatio-temporal factors determining pathogenic level of drinking water sources in Ethiopia
Ethiopian Water Resources Institute • Addis Ababa University
Getasew Ambelu has two years of service as a high school teacher and three years as an expert for water and sanitation at Water and Sewerage office in Gurage Zone of southwestern Ethiopia. Afterward he joined Addis Ababa University as Master's student in the field of Water Resources. After completion of the master's degree with distinction, he is currently a third year PhD candidate studying on Spatio-temporal pattern of water...

Shelby Buckley

How contextual factors affect latrine extraction and disposal behaviors
University of Colorado Boulder
Shelby is currently a Junior majoring in Environmental Engineering and minoring in Engineering Management at CU Boulder. She spent the summer of 2018 working as an undergraduate research assist, helping doctoral student James Harper conduct research looking into how human behavior affects fecal sludge management in rural, low-income communities. After graduation, Shelby hopes to pursue a master's degree in Environmental Engineering with a focus in Drinking Water, Wastewater, and Water...

Joshua Knight

Low Cost Well Siting Meter: Beta Testing Lessons and Next Steps, cheap wells for the majority world.
Global Hope Network International
Joshua Knight is the Program Engineer at Global Hope Network International (ghni.org), based in Denver, Colorado, with over 20 years of environmental engineering and 15 years of international development experience. His passion is collaborating on sustainable, community-driven Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and Disaster Response projects. He is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) with a Doctorate of Engineering (PhD, Civil Environmental) and a Wilderness First Responder who loves to work...

Vladimir Kozlow

WASHing Learning: predicting sustainability of Tanzania's rural handpumps using the Taarifa dataset
Vladimir is a second-year Master’s student in Environmental Engineering and Science at Stanford University. Vladimir’s research focuses on the availability of Water Sanitation and Hygiene services in Sub-Saharan Africa’s rural communities and health care facilities. In particular, he is interested in analyzing the necessary and sufficient conditions to sustain WASH services over time in specific contexts. In his current research Vladimir applies Machine Learning techniques to identify correlations between environmental...

Evelyn Lundeen

Everest Base Camp Trail Toilet Project
Colorado School of Mines
Evelyn Lundeen is a senior undergraduate student majoring in environmental engineering at the Colorado School of Mines. She has a minor in humanitarian engineering and has worked on CSR projects in the oil and gas industry as well as this international sanitation project in Nepal.

Lori Robins

Improving sanitation through effective malodor control and inactivation of human noroviruses.
University of Washington Bothell
Lori Robins is an Associate Professor at the University of Washington Bothell. She received her Ph.D. in Bioorganic Chemistry from the University of California, Davis and was a Postdoctoral Researcher at Duke University where she studied lipid biosynthesis. Lori works with undergraduate students on research projects involved with odor control and sanitation of latrines in developing countries. Other projects with undergraduate students involve elucidating enzyme mechanisms.

Daniel Smith

What is chlorinated water worth when bundled with rental housing? Effective demand for point-of-collection chlorination in Dhaka
Stanford University
Daniel W. Smith is an environmental engineer and PhD Candidate at Stanford University in California, USA. He applies engineering and social science methods to study scaling up innovative water supply improvements in lower-income settings. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Cornell University, USA; a master’s degree in Water, Sanitation, and Health Engineering from the University of Leeds, UK; and a master’s degree in Environmental Engineering...

Matthew Verosloff

Harnessing Biosensing for Pathogen Detection with Point of Use Diagnostics
Northwestern University
Matt Verosloff is a doctoral student at Northwestern University. His work focuses on utilizing next generation synthetic biology techniques to develop extremely user friendly, cheap, and field deployable point of use diagnostics. These assays sensitively test for the presence of pathogens and bacterial indicators of fecal contamination. The utility of these diagnostics has led to several multinational cross-disciplinary collaborations seeking to assess global water quality and develop novel tools and...

Rebecca Yoo

Rapid Assessment of Urban Water Quality - Piloting a scalable and replicable method in Cochabamba, Bolivia
Brown and Caldwell
Rebecca Yoo, Project Engineer (Brown and Caldwell), has a background in civil and environmental engineering with an emphasis on cross-cultural communication. While her current focus is in municipal wastewater treatment design, her experience includes water treatment and distribution design, water infrastructure investigations, and collaboration with consulting engineers, international aid organizations, governmental authorities, and academic researchers. As a part of the Brown Water Group, Rebecca's research contributed to the WHO Guidelines...



Niroj Bhattarai

Gender, Health, and Urban-Rural Influences on School Attendance in Nepal
Poverty Action Center • Colorado State University
Dr. Niroj Bhattarai received his undergraduate degree from Hiram College in Ohio and his PhD in Economics from Colorado State University. He is a Professor of Economics at Front Range Community College, and a founding member/Research Associate at the Poverty Action Center, Department of Economics, at Colorado State University. His research is primarily in the field of education and its role in development. Dr. Bhattarai and his students at FRCC,...

Todd Hanlin

A Community-Driven Approach to Water Security on Displaced Lands in Rural Guatemala
Engineers Without Borders Fort Collins Chapter and Trees • Water & People
Todd Hanlin has over 30 years of experience specializing in water resources and civil infrastructure development. Project experience includes a wide variety of water supply, irrigation, and small-systems. The first 15 years of his career were spent working predominantly in rural Wyoming on a wide variety of water resources and general civil infrastructural projects. This was followed by a decade of efforts working primarily on tribal infrastructure, irrigation, and water...


Roof harvesting- rainwater harvesting formalization in rural Cambodia
RainWater Cambodia
I have a strong background in water and sanitation and hygiene and rural development project. I hold a Master Degree of Business Administration in Cambodia and Executive Master in Development Study in The Graduate Institute – Geneva in Switzerland. With more than 11 years of experience relating to water, sanitation and hygiene program design and development. I have mutual experience in rainwater harvesting formalization in many areas in Cambodia as...

Megan Lindmark

Disinfection by-product formation in drinking water systems using a unique disinfection agent, trichloroisocyanuric acid
University of Iowa
Megan Lindmark is an Environmental Engineering PhD student in the University of Iowa’s Sustainable Water Development Program. Her research is focused on sustainable drinking water solutions for resource constrained communities. Currently she is working with EOS International to investigate and improve the long term public health benefits and effectiveness of chlorinators installed in EOS’ partner communities in rural Nicaragua.

Walter Thavarajah

Engineering a Bacterial Biosensing System for the Detection of Fluoride in Groundwater
Northwestern University
Walter Thavarajah is a doctoral student in the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department at Northwestern University. In collaboration with the Center for Water Research and the Center for Synthetic Biology, his research focuses on the engineering of biological systems to create a sensing platform for the detection of water contaminants. Walter is also interested in the development of low-cost diagnostic tools for use in resource-limited settings. He received a BS...

Tara Webster

Microbial dynamics in biosand filters receiving contrasting water sources
University of Colorado
Tara Webster is a microbial ecologist and environmental engineer. She is collaborating with Noah Fierer and Balaji Rajagopalan to improve our understanding of the microbial processes in biosand filters. Biosand filters hold great promise to provide clean drinking water in both developed and developing countries. Effective pathogen removal relies on the activity of a complex microbial community within the filter. However, little is known about the factors that shape microbial...