Master's Theses and Reports

2014

Brienna Rust

Beneficial Reuse of Locally-Available Waste Materials As Lightweight Aggregate in Lightweight Concrete

Patrick Spencer

MS Civil Engineering. Served in Madagascar.

State-and-Transition Modeling and Adaptive Management: Tools for Future Co-Development of Madagascar's Natural Resources and People

Erica Jones

MS Environmental Engineering. Service in Panama.

Improvements in Sustainability of Gravity-fed Water Systems in the Comarca Ngäbe-Buglé, Panama: Spring Captures and Circuit Rider Model

Colin McCorkle

MS Environmental Engineering. Service in Sierra Leone, 2012-2014.

Tank Sizing and Optimizing Placement in a Branched Water Distribution System

Paul Pebler

MS Civil Engineering. Service in Paraguay, 2012-2014.

Double Vault Composting Latrines in Rural Paraguay: Feasible Construction and Optimal Use
2013

Luke Barrett

BS Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Commonwealth University, MS in Environmental Engineering. Served in Madagascar.

Evaluating the Installation and Performance of Manually Drilled Wells in North-Eastern Madagascar

Jacob Midkiff

MS Environmental Engineering. Served in Panama.

Post-Project Assessment of Pit Latrines in Rural Panama
2010

Ryu Suzuki

BS Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, MS in Environmental Engineering. Served in Panama.

Post-Project Assessment and Follow-up Support for Community Managed Rural Water Systems in Panama

Ryan Shaw

BS Environmental Engineering, Marquette University, MS in Environmental Engineering. Served in Mali.

The Use of Human Urine as Crop Fertilizer in Mali, West Africa

Jack Chow

PhD Aerospace Engineering, University of Colorado-Boulder, MS in Environmental Engineering. Served in Vanuatu.

Assessment of Solar Home Systems (SHS) for Isolated Rural Communities in Vanuatu Using Project Lifecycle/Sustainability Framework

Sarah Ocwieja

BS Chemical Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology, MS in Environmental Engineering. Served in Uganda.

Life Cycle Thinking Assessment Applied to Three Biogas Projects in Central Uganda

Travis Ostrom

BS Mathematics, U. of Miami (FL), MS in Environmental Engineering. Served in Honduras.

Considering Sustainability Factors in the Development Project Life-Cycle: A Framework for Increasing Successful Adoption of Improved Stoves
2009

Cara Shonsey

BS Civil Engineering, Colorado State University, MS in Civil Engineering. Served in Mali.

Quantifying Available Water at the Village Level: A Case Study of Horongo, Mali, West Africa

Ryan Schweitzer

BS Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, MS in Environmental Engineering. Served in Dominican Republic.

Community Managed Rural Water Supply Systems in the Dominican Republic: Assessment of Sustainability of Systems Built by the National Institute of Potable Water and Peace Corps, Dominican Republic

Brandon Braithwaite

BS Civil Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, MS in Civil Engineering. Served in Panama.

Training Water Committees in Bocas del Toro, Panama: A Case Study of Peace Corps Volunteers’ Initiative to Improve Rural Water System Management

Jonathan Mellor

BS Physics, College of William & Mary; MS Physics, Univesity of Virginia, MS in Environmental Engineering. Served in Uganda.

Water and Sanitation Accessibility and the Health of Rural Ugandans

Timothy Martin

BS Civil Engineering, Michigan Technological University, MS in Civil Engineering. Served in Samoa.

An Analysis of Household Rainwater Harvesting Systems in Falelima, Samoa

Theresa Liermann

BS Environmental Engineering, University of Florida, MS in Environmental Engineering. Served in Fiji.

Fiji Islands’ Naboro Landfill Leachate Quality Analysis and the Applicability of Developed versus Small Island Developing State Discharge Standards

Olga Yesenia Castro

BS Civil Engineering, New Mexico State University, MS in Civil Engineering. Served in Bénin.

Life Cycle Assessment of a Small Garden Drip Irrigation System in Bénin

Glenn Vorhes

BS Biological Aspects of Conservation, University of Wisconsin-Madison, MS in Environmental Engineering. Served in Dominican Republic.

Proximity to Environmental Hazards and Reported Illness in Periurban Households of the Dominican Republic.
2008

Stephen Good

BS Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, MS in Environmental Engineering. Served in the Dominican Republic.

Development of a Decision Support System for Sustainable Implementation of Rural Gravity Flow Water Systems

Christopher Fehrman

BS Environmental Engineering, Michigan Technological University, MS in Environmental Engineering. Served in Ghana.

A Field Assessment of BioSand Filtration In Rural Ghana

James Dumpert

BS Environmental Resource and Forest Engineering, State University of New College in Syracuse, New York, MS in Environmental Engineering. Served in Ghana.

Performance Evaluation of VIP Latrines in the Upper West Region of Ghana

Emily Owens

BS Geology and Environmental Studies, Whitman College, MS in Environmental Engineering. Served in East Timor and Palau.

Material Flow Analysis for Kayangel State, Republic of Palau: Solid Waste Management on a Small Pacific Island

Jessica Mehl

BS Civil Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, MS in Environmental Engineering. Served in Panama.

Pathogen Destruction and Aerobic Decomposition in Composting Latrines: A Study from Rural Panama

Aubrey Frazer

BS Environmental Engineering, Michigan Technological University, MS in Environmental Engineering. Served in Jamaica.

2007

Katrina Finn

BS Environmental Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, MS in Environmental Engineering. Served in Macedonia.

A Study of the Households' Willingness to Contribute to an Improved Solid Waste Management Program in Kratovo, Macedonia

Jennifer Post

BS Civil Engineering, Michigan Tech, MS in Civil Engineering. Served in Uzbekistan & Jamaica.

Solid Waste Management in Jamaica: An Investigation into Waste Reduction Strategies

Andrew Snauffer

BS Nuclear Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, MS in Environmental Engineering. Served in Jamaica.

Development of a Decision Support Tool for On-site Wastewater Treatment Systems in Jamaican Communities

Amber Buhl

BS Civil Engineering, Michigan State University, MS in Environmental Engineering. Served in Philippines.

Milagros Jean Charles

BS Electrical Engineering, University of Miami, MS in Civil Engineering. Served in Mali.

Rainwater Harvesting Systems for Communities in Developing Countries

Jesse Shapiro

BS Mechanical Engineering, University of New Mexico, MS in Environmental Engineering. Served in East Timor.

2006

Lyle Stone

BS Civil Engineering, Cal-Poly, MS in Civil Engineering. Served in Dominican Republic.

Suspension Canyon and Gully Crossings for Small Scale Community Aqueducts: A Design Guide Based on Experience and Observations From Peace Corps, Dominican Republic

Kraig Lothe

BS Mathematics, St. Olaf College, MS in Civil Engineering. Served in Honduras.

An Analysis of Constructability Strategies in Project Delivery: Making Infrastructure Construction Sustainable in Copán Ruinas, Honduras

Jennifer McConville

BS Environmental Engineering, Michigan Tech, MS in Environmental Engineering. Served in Mali.

Applying Life Cycle Thinking to International Water and Sanitation Development Projects: An assessment tool for project managers in sustainable development work

Jonathan Annis

BS Environmental Engineering, Florida State University, MS in Environmental Engineering. Served in Madagascar.

Assessing Progress of Community Managed Gravity Flow Water Supply Systems Using Rapid Rural Apprasial in the Ikongo District, Madagascar

Paul Kennedy

BS Civil Engineering, University of Dayton, MS in Environmental Engineering. Served in Kenya.

An Analysis of the Relationship Between Water Accessibility, Use and Health in Muthara, Kenya

Josephine Kaiser

BS Mechanical Engineering, Manhattan College, MS in Environmental Engineering. Served in Panama.

An Analysis of the Use of Desiccant as a Method of Pathogen Removal in Compost Latrines in Rural Panama

Brock Emerson

BS Mechanical Engineering, Manhattan College, MS in Environmental Engineering. Served in Mauritania.

The Development of a Project Management Methodology for Peace Corps Mauritania

Matthew Babcock

BS Mechanical Engineering, Manhattan College, MS in Environmental Engineering. Served in Panama.

The Effects of Traditional Cooking Technologies and Small Control Interventions on Indoor Air Quality in Cayo Paloma, Panama

Eric Tawney

BS Civil Engineering, University of California-Davis, MS in Environmental Engineering. Served in Vanuatu.

Watershed Management and Planning in the Tagabe River Watershed Catchment Area in and around Port Vila, Vanuatu

M.E. Housewright

BS Geology with Biology minor, Mount Holyhoke College, MS in Environmental Engineering. Served in Mali.

Jason Huart

BS Civil Engineering, Dayton University, MS in Civil Engineering. Served in Honduras.

Dan Nover

BS Biology, McGill University, MS in Environmental Engineering. Served in Philippines.

2005

Brooke Ahrens

BS Civil Engineering, Clemson University, MS in Environmental Engineering. Served in Mali, 2002-2004.

A Comparison of Wash Area and Soak Pit Construction: The Changing Nature of Urban, Rural, and Peri-Urban Linkages in Sikasso, Mali

Daniel Hurtado

BS Environmental Engineering, University of Florida, MS in Environmental Engineering. Served in Panama, 2002-2004.

Compost Latrines in Rural Panama: Design, Construction and Evaluation of Pathogen Removal

Kelly Stanforth

BS Civil Engineering, University of Dayton, MS in Environmental Engineering. Served in Jamaica, 2002-2004.

A Sanitation Plan for a Fishing Village in Jamaica that Incorporates Evapotranspiration Bed Technology

Preston Pendley

BA Physics, Transylvania University, MS in Environmental Engineering. Served in Jamaica, 2002-2004.

Feasibility and Action Plan for Composting Operation Incorporating Appropriate Technology at Riverton Disposal Site, Kingston, Jamaica

Ed Stewart

BS Chemical Engineering, Mississippi State University, MS in Environmental Engineering. Served in Jamaica, 2003-2005.

Evaluation of Septic Tank and Subsurface Flow Wetland for Jamaican Public School Sewage Treatment
2004

Chris Vaught

BS Civil Engineering, University of Illinois, MS planned in Environmental Engineering. Served in Mali, 2001-2003.

Water Treatment and Supply in Kayes, Mali, West Africa: Treatment Processes, Operations, and Economics

Lauren Fry

BA Physics with Geology Minor, Gustavus Adolphus College, MS planned in Environmental Engineering. Served in Cameroon, 2002-2004.

Spring Improvement as a Tool for Prevention of Water-Related Illnesses in Four Villages of the Center Province of Cameroon

Douglas Messenger

BS Engineering Arts, Michigan State, MS planned in Environmental Engineering. Served in Honduras, 2002-2004.

Technical, Organizational, and Social Challenges of Project Development in Rural Latin America: A Honduran Case Study
2003

Nathan Reents

BS Mechanical Engineering, with an Environmental Engineering minor, University of Colorado-Boulder MS in Environmental Engineering, Michigan Tech, 2003. Served in Honduras 2000-2003.

Design of Potable Water Supply Systems in Rural Honduras

Matthew Niskanen

BS Civil Engineering, Michigan Tech, MS in Civil Engineering, Michigan Tech, 2003. Served in the Dominican Republic, 2001-2002.

The Design, Construction, and Maintenance of a Gravity-Fed Water System in the Dominican Republic

John Simpson

BS Civil Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, MS planned in Civil Engineering, Michigan Tech. Served in Honduras, 2001-2003.

Technical Capacity Building of Existing Gravity-Fed Rural Drinking Water Systems in Honduras
2002

Andrea Telmo

BS Earth Resources Engineering, University of California-Berkeley, MS in Environmental Engineering, Michigan Tech, 2002. Served in Mali 1999-2001.

A Water Supply and Sanitation Study of the Village of Gouansolo in Mali, West Africa