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Matt Stevenson was a graduate student in Environmental Engineering at Portland State, working through the SweetLab. Matt was also the technical lead for DelAuga Health's service platforms offered in India. He has experience throughout Africa consulting for various water provision and treatment businesses, running a public health trial in India with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, as well as managing partnerships for Cascade Design’s Emerging Markets group in Seattle. Matt holds a BA in Chemistry from Amherst College and a Masters in Environmental Engineering from MIT.

Brentley Wiles was a postbac student in Mechanical Engineering at Portland State University, with a previous degree in Biology from the College of Charleston. His experience in engineering ranges from research with microgravity fluid mechanics at the Dryden Drop Tower lab, to ground station control of experiments aboard the International Space Station, to assisting with sensor testing and production at the SWEETlab.

Faduma Ali received her bachelor's degree in Public Health from Portland State in 2012. She worked with Innovations for Poverty Action and the SweetLab to monitor the use of handwashing stations in Kakamega, Kenya. Faduma was profiled in the Portland State Vanguard.

Jeff Tilton earned a degree in environmental engineering with a focus in water resources. He is interested in social enterprise and how technology can be used to create a more equitable and sustainable future. Jeff was involved in aiding in the development of deployment models for the SWEETSense technology in future water treatment systems provided by SWEETLab’s private sector partners.

Anndee Huff was an Environmental Engineering undergraduate. Anndee developed experience with control systems, drinking water treatment, and medical devices. Anndee was also the President of the American Water Works Association Student Chapter, and was the Vice-President of the Engineers Without Borders-USA Portland State University Chapter.

Evan Rhead was an undergraduate in mechanical engineering. His research activities included projects in Rwanda, Haiti, and Indonesia on oxygen concentrators, instrumented monitoring and water treatment.

Chad Norvellwas an undergraduate student of civil engineering at Portland State University pursuing research in green building technology and sustainable international development. A long-time member of and leader in Engineers Without Borders USA, Chad has worked to develop projects serving critical needs in Nicaragua and is worked with similar organizations to do the same in Haiti and Bolivia.

Peter Kahn was student in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Portland State University. His research within the SWEETLab included applications of structural and geotechnical engineering in developing communities with specific attention to the design, assessment and monitoring of rural pedestrian footbridges.

Dan Houck was a undergraduate  in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering. He holds a Bachelor of the Arts from St. John’s College, MD, where he double-majored in Philosophy and the History of Mathematics and Science and double-minored in Classics and Comparative Literature. His research interests include renewable, sustainable, and alternative energy production, capture, and usage.

Gabe Garbarino has a background in secure telecommunications in the US Marine Corps where he served four years active duty as a Satellite Terminal Operator in the Middle East and South East Asia.

Austin S. Hudson earned an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering at Portland State University. Austin has lived in Oregon since 2006 where he enjoys being actively engaged in the community to shape the built environment and enhance social interactions.

Betsy Gillard was a civil engineering undergraduate at Portland State University, with a focus in geotechnical engineering and hydrology.

Stephen Forner has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Entrepreneurship. Stephen graduated in Spring 2011 with a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering. His research looked primarily at the effectiveness and usage statistics of water treatment solutions in the developing world.

Corey Munk studied Mechanical Engineering and interested in sustainable engineering. He worked on a data collection system for the LifeStraw Family purification system.