Stetson Rowles

Founding Member, Co-director

Stetson completed his B.S. in Civil Engineering at University of South Carolina. He then received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. His two-pronged Ph.D. dissertation centered on appropriate and affordable water treatment solutions. The first part was societal research aimed at identifying social drivers that underlie a community’s relationship with water and assessing the need for appropriate water treatment. The complementary half of his dissertation focused on systematic laboratory research to design a socially appropriate nano-enabled ceramic device for disinfection. Currently, Stetson is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where he is utilizing a suite of computational modeling tools to evaluate sanitation technologies within the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene portfolio. His first-hand experience working with off-the-grid populations (indigenous communities in Mexico, Alaskan Native Tribes, Navajo Nation, and colonias of Texas) motivates him an engineer, researcher, and educator.

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