Household Energy in Guatemala: Energy, Technology and Society

Today, 40 percent of the world’s population relies on biomass burned in open fires to meet the majority of their household energy needs. Smoke from open fires contributes to climate change, and it is the leading cause of death for children under 5 and the second-leading cause of death for women globally. Yet, because of complex issues — involving resources, infrastructure, culture, and awareness — the implementation and adoption of cleaner-burning fuels and technologies at scale pose significant challenges.

Goat-Milk Soap in Uganda

Under the guidance of professor Kendra Sharp (the Richard and Gretchen Evans Professor of Humanitarian Engineering), students completed their capstone project working with a nonprofit organization, TERREWODE. This summer, they are conducting additional field research in Uganda.

Micro-Hydro Development in Pakistan

Many sources suggest the tremendous potential for hydropower generation in Pakistan. However, the current lack of accurate hydrological data and quantitative metrics makes it very difficult to estimate the distribution of power potential across that region. This project will fill this knowledge gap, promoting the optimal utilization of Pakistan’s national hydropower resources.

Trans-African Hydro-Meteorological Observatory

The international Trans-African Hydro-Meteorological Observatory explores the crucial connections between weather, crop productivity, and food security.