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.
“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.”
It was his personal experience with the realities of the global water crisis that inspired alum Prakash Govindan PhD ’12 to do his part to find a solution.
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.
Swaminathan, who grew up in Chennai, India, has been investigating ways to desalinate extremely high-salinity water in an energy-efficient way.
Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Water John H. Lienhard V talks shop about the water crisis and why it’s everybody’s problem.