As overpopulation and lack of rainfall fuel a crisis-level need in rural India for affordable drinking water, PhD candidate Natasha Wright and Assistant Professor Amos Winter work to design a low-cost desalination system.

South Asian woman walking with container of water.

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Letter from the Department Head

“One of our most important jobs as mechanical engineers is to create technology that can eventually exit the lab and make a positive impact on people’s lives.”

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Alumni Spotlight: Prakash Govindan PhD ’12

It was his personal experience with the realities of the global water crisis that inspired alum Prakash Govindan to do his part to find a solution.

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Faculty Research: Professor Rohit Karnik

If you’ve run out of drinking water during a lakeside camping trip, there’s a simple solution: Break off a branch from the nearest pine tree, peel away the bark, and slowly pour lake water through the stick.

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Student Spotlight: PhD Candidate Jaichander Swaminathan SM ’14

Swaminathan, who grew up in Chennai, India, has been investigating ways to desalinate extremely high-salinity water in an energy-efficient way.

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Talking Shop: Professor John H. Lienhard V

Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Water John H. Lienhard V talks shop about the water crisis and why it’s everybody’s problem.