Katie Fankhauser is a Doctoral Student in the Environmental Engineering program at the University of Colorado Boulder and a Graduate Research Assistant in the Mortenson Center in Global Engineering. Her current research combines in-situ and satellite data to map and forecast groundwater use and demand in the arid and semi-arid regions of East Africa. The motivation for her research is to provide early warning early action services for effective resource management in drought-prone areas to enhance water and food security. Her work is part of the Drought Resilience Impact Platform (DRIP).
Formerly Katie implemented large-scale water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) and sustainable energy programs in East Africa and conducted independent research in remote sensing and geospatial determinants of health. She also worked as a biostatistician in Family Medicine at Oregon Health and Science University studying the impact of health policy, care quality, and environment on underserved communities. She is driven by research questions and solutions that address health disparities and inequities among vulnerable populations, locally and beyond.