Nearly a billion people in the world lack access to safe drinking water, two billion have inadequate sanitation facilities, and three billion use biomass for their daily energy needs.
Combined, these resource limitations are the leading causes of death, and economic and political insecurity. Exacerbating these problems are the international effects of climate change, expected to significantly impact developing countries by changing water and energy quality and availability.
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Thomas, E., “Im/Proving Global Impact: Feedback on Program Outcomes,” The Freshwater Trust, December 2013.
Thomas, E., "(Im)Proving Global Impact: How the Integration of remotely reporting sensors in water projects may demonstrate and enhance positive change," UNESCO Global Water Forum, December 1, 2013.
Thomas, E., Barstow, C., Rosa, G., Majorin, F., Clasen, T., “Use of Remotely Reporting Electronic Sensors for Assessing Use of Water Filters and Cookstoves in Rwanda,” Environmental Science and Technology, 2013, DOI: 10.1021/es403412x.
Thomas, E., Mattson, K., "Counting Heads," DEMAND: ASME Global Development Review, 2013. Link: ASME_GDR_CaseStudy1_P4.pdf
DelAgua Health to purchase Rwanda business and assets of Manna Energy, DelAuga, September 17, 2013.
For one grad, dreams come true. An immigrant’s story of hard work and dedication, The Portland Vanguard, June 7, 2013
Thomas, E., Zumr, Z., Barstow, C., Fleming, M., Spiller, K., Remotely accessible and reconfigurable in-situ instrumentation to improve monitoring of global development interventions, Sustainability, August 2, 2013.
World Bank: Demand-Driven Innovation, July 19, 2013
Mercy Corps: Using Innovative Technologies to Measure Behavior Change in Public Health Programs, July 9, 2013
Oregon becoming a hub for international development 2.0, Sustainable Business Oregon, December 31, 2012
Portland State named as Co-Investigator: USAID invests up to $20 million in UC Berkeley’s global development initiatives, November 8, 2012
The Commonwealth Club: Water: Innovating for the Essential Resource, November 7, 2012
The Atlantic: Developing countries serve as R&D lab for global technologies, October 16, 2012
UNESCO Global Water Forum: Leveraging carbon financing to enable accountable water treatment programs, September 23, 2012
Engineering News Record: UK and US Engineers to Boost Water and Air Quality in Africa, September 12, 2012
The Solutions Journal: Measuring Sustainability, August, 2012
Portland Tribune: Saving Lives, CO2 Emissions in Rwanda, July 25, 2012
NASA Ask Magazine: NASA Engineers Without Borders, July 9, 2012
The Economist Social Business Summit: Profitable Responsibility - Manna Energy Case Study, March 2011
The New York Times: News Flash: Progress Happens, December 15, 2011
The New York Times: Green Strategies for the Poorest, November 19, 2010