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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Trip to Nakivale in Uganda

An update from Dr. Quicksall:

Sampling the surface water supply from a rickety dock.

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.

Our field vehicle.

Tomorrow we head back to Nakivale, the largest Ugandan settlement, for a full day of water sampling.


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