Engineers in Africa

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.

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Meeting with village leaders

An update from Dr. Quicksall:

Our team in Kyaka, including a field worker in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) from a German NGO, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees WASH field worker, and a settlement representative from the Office of the Prime Minister.

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.

Discussing water quality with the heads of adjacent villages.

One of our water probes in action.

 

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