Yearly Archives: 2011

Graduate students at the Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering and Andrew Quicksall, the J. Lindsay Embrey Trustee Assistant Professor at the Lyle School, are traveling to Africa in fall 2011 as part of a new water quality research program in refugee camps. The group is bringing back water samples for analysis in SMU labs, where undergraduate and graduate students are searching for elevated levels of contaminants that can cause health problems.

Success in Uganda

Graduate students at the Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering and Andrew Quicksall, the J. Lindsay Embrey Trustee Assistant Professor at the Lyle School, are traveling to Africa in fall 2011 as part of a new water quality research program in refugee camps. The group is bringing back water samples for analysis in SMU labs, where undergraduate and graduate students are searching for elevated levels of contaminants that can cause health problems.

2011-10-04T22:42:48+00:00 August 24th, 2011|Engineers in Africa|

Meeting with village leaders

An update from Dr. Quicksall: In these settlements they have a bit of self-governing. Family heads elect a village head, who acts as point of contact for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and their implementing partners.  These two villages both use the well and came to speak with us about issues.  

2011-10-04T22:34:08+00:00 August 23rd, 2011|Engineers in Africa|

Sampling at Kirandongo

An update from Dr. Quicksall: Great day today.  Up at 6 for a breakfast of starchy bananas in a groundnut sauce with fresh pineapple, passion fruit juice and coffee (all local).  Yum! Left the town of Hoima and hit the road for Kirandongo Refugee Settlement two hours north.  We had meetings with the Camp Commandant from the Office of the Prime Minister and the local Water Authority Representative. We made it to the field for four hours and got to every water source in the settlement.  We had a great local contact named Joseph.  He and I plan to stay in touch. Sampling is great as we get to do our science but also meet the people. We [...]

2011-10-04T22:51:53+00:00 August 19th, 2011|Engineers in Africa|

Building contacts in Uganda

An update from Dr. Quicksall: We are now in Hoima and will visit and sample three settlements in the next three days. We have already done the two large ones south of here. Our reception has been great. There has been a good bit of meetings and contact building. I have met with staffs from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the implementing partners, and the Office of the Prime Minister at each location.  By the end of each stop, everyone has been completely positive and is eager to have us back. Three days ago we visited the largest camp in Uganda and one of the oldest in the world that houses mainly Congolese and Somalis. [...]

2011-10-04T22:49:46+00:00 August 18th, 2011|Engineers in Africa|

Trip to Nakivale in Uganda

An update from Dr. Quicksall: Left Kampala this morning after security and country briefings last night. We made our way to Mbarara in the southwest. We paid a call to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees' regional office there. We then had an hour and a half drive south toward the Tanzania-Rwanda-Uganda junction, where Nakivale Refugee settlement lies. We had about two hours there today. Tomorrow we head back to Nakivale, the largest Ugandan settlement, for a full day of water sampling.  

2011-10-04T22:49:22+00:00 August 16th, 2011|Engineers in Africa|