“USF researchers received a National Science Foundation Grant for continued collaboration with UNESCO-IHE”

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A team of USF researchers from engineering and public health received a grant from the National Science Foundation for continued work with UNESCO-IHE.  The principal investigator is Dr. Daniel Yeh, Patel Center for Global Solutions Research Fellow and Assistant Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering. Dr. Yeh’s partners at USF are Drs. Norma Alcantar,  Jeff Cunningham, Ricardo Izurieta, Foday Jaward, Jim Mihelcic and Maya Trotz. USF has an existing memorandum of understanding with UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education in Delft, Netherlands to pursue opportunities to collaborate on research and education.  IHE is one of the world’s preeminent institutions on water research and education with global reach in terms of field projects and alumni base.  Over the past two years, the Patel Center has hosted IHE students from various developing countries during their visits to Tampa to study Florida’s water systems.  There have also been faculty visits on both sides.

The three year grant will allow a group of 6-7 graduate and undergraduate students from USF to work in the prestigious UNESCO-IHE labs in the Netherlands for 8 weeks during the summer. The focus will be on developing water and wastewater treatment technologies to help attain the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals on Water and Sanitation (over 1 billion in the world do not have safe water and almost 3 billion do not have adequate sanitation).  Students will work full time side-by-side with IHE researchers, to develop new laboratory skills, techniques and treatment systems to clean water for the world’s populations.  The laboratory work at IHE would connect directly with the students’ laboratory research at USF.

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