Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering

Water and International Development – Research

Water and International Development



Students can pursue a diverse range of research activities within the WAID program. Some areas of emphasis include:

  • Interaction of water and infectious diseases like malaria and dengue fever and strategies to forecast and manage outbreaks of those diseases
  • Improvement of field methods for bacteriological and chemical evaluation of water quality
  • Development and evaluation of innovative and low-cost methods for water treatment, gray water reuse, and wastewater disposal
  • Evaluation of methods to upgrade existing water and wastewater infrastructure
  • Determining a suitable technology/method to measure or estimate daily to seasonal crop water needs for specific situations in developing countries
  • Adaptation of crop water stress monitoring techniques to manage irrigation water under a limited to full irrigation regime
  • Institutional approaches to resolve inequities in water allocation and management
  • Infrastructure management for water, wastewater, and energy pipeline systems
  • Successful application of geographical information systems (GIS) in developing countries
  • Application of GIS for achieving socio-economic progress
  • Improving productivity of irrigated agriculture through efficient water management
  • Developing efficient and modern water control and measurement in gravity flow irrigation systems
  • Biological process engineering
  • Conversion of waste to energy
  • Integrated urban water management
  • Integrated waste and wastewater management for rural and urban communities
  • Watershed management, nonpoint source pollution, and river science and engineering
  • Groundwater quantity estimation for small-island aquifers in the Pacific and Indian Oceans under varying climate scenarios
  • Rain catchment storage estimation and optimization for small-island communities
  • Evaluation of methods to manage potable water supplies for small-island communities
  • Evaluation of methods to remediate contaminated groundwater within small-island aquifer systems