Susan Murcott is a water/wastewater engineer and mentor to a generation of MIT students whose creative innovations are at the interface of water, sanitation and hygiene solutions for the bottom billion. In this Lunch & Learn, Susan will discuss household water filter evaluation in Ahmedabad, India, based on the latest product evaluation by MIT’s Comprehensive Initiative for Technology Evaluation (CITE) Program.
Susan has conducted water/wastewater projects and led MIT student teams in over 25 countries spanning five continents. In 2014-2015, she led the water filter evaluation of Comprehensive Initiative for Technology Evaluation (CITE), a 5-year USAID-funded project, to evaluate technologies for the poor and to aid in quickly bringing the most promising solutions to scale. From 2005 to the present, she co-founded and has co-run the non-profit organization, Pure Home Water, with Ghanaian partners, which has built a ceramic pot filter factory to provide safe drinking water in northern Ghana. From 2002 to the present, she has been the principal investigator of a team, in partnership with the Environment and Public Health Organization in Kathmandu, Nepal, that invented and widely disseminated the KanchanTM Arsenic Filter. AT MIT, Murcott is a a Research Affiliate in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning and a Lecturer in DLab where she teaches “DLab-Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Environmental Innovations for the Common Good “ (EC.715/11.474J). She is the author of over 50 professional papers as well as the book Arsenic in the World: an International Sourcebook (IWA, 2012) http://www.iwapublishing.com/template.cfm?name=isbn9781780400389. For videos of Murcott’s work, see: http://globalwater.mit.edu/videos