The Sustainable Water, Energy and Environmental Technologies Lab Improving accountability and methodologies for international development through improved data collection.
The Sustainable Water, Energy and Environmental Technologies Laboratory

We've moved! As of July, 2018, the SweetLab team is now at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Mortenson Center in Engineering for Developing Communities - please get in touch with us there:  https://www.colorado.edu/mcedc

At Portland State, the SweetLab develops and implements cellular and satellite based "Internet of Things" sensor technologies designed to improve the collection of, and action on, data in global health programs. We deploy and study high efficiency cookstoves, water pumps, household water filters, sanitation systems, pedestrian footbridges and other developing world appropriate technologies. The SweetLab has projects in India, Nepal, Indonesia, the Philippines, Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Haiti and other countries.

We are also engaged in applied unmanned aerial vehicle research, developing and conducting autonomous environmental impact assessments domestically and internationally with drone-derived imagery. Similar to our sensor work, drone-derived image analysis has enabled us to increase data collection in data-scarce regions in developing countries, allowing us and our partners to actively respond to environmental and human health risks including deforestation and air and water quality measures. 

Our research and practice has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the World Bank, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the United Nations Foundation, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United Kingdom Department for International Development (UK DFID), the Gates Foundation, and others.

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Broken Pumps and Promises - Published by Springer in March 2016