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Civil and Environmental Engineering MS Thesis Defense: Chantal Iribagiza
Monday, July 16, 2018 - 2:00pm

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is pleased to announce Chantal Iribagiza's MS Thesis Defense: "Human-Centered Design of an Air Quality Feedback System to Promote Healthy Cooking."

Date: Monday, July 16, 2018
Time: 2:00pm
Location: Engineering Building 510
Adviser: Dr. Evan Thomas

Household air pollution (HAP) is responsible for almost 4 million premature deaths every year, a burden that is primarily carried by women and children in developing countries. The mortality and morbidity impact of HAP can be significantly alleviated through clean cookstoves interventions. However, these interventions are reported to have adoption challenges, mainly stove-stacking (use of multiple stoves and fuels), that hinder their ability to yield expected positive health outcomes.

This Thesis provides a Human-Centered Design process of a potential solution that is based on leveraging air quality monitoring and providing realtime feedback as behavior change tools, in order to tackle stove-stacking and improve liquified petroleum gas (LPG) cookstoves’ adoption and exclusive use.