Research Spotlight: Rethinking Water and Energy in Global Development

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Location:  Virtual – Join us on Zoom for this virtual Research Spotlight. Forgot to register but want to join? Email to receive the Zoom link.

The lack of reliable access to water and energy is at the heart of health, social, economic, and climate challenges in remote communities. Technologies engineered for the developed world often don’t account for important local factors, resulting in failure when implemented in the developing world context. This talk will discuss the challenges associated with the design, validation, and manufacturing of water and energy technologies in the developing world. Work currently being done by the Centre for Global Engineering (CGEN) at the University of Toronto in the areas of sustainable aeration technologies to improve small-holder aquaculture production, improved irrigation technologies, drinking water, and sustainable sanitation will highlight these challenges and present the potential impact of appropriately designed water and energy technologies.

Amy Bilton is an Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering and the Director of the cross-disciplinary Centre for Global Engineering (CGEN) at the University of Toronto. Her research group, the Water and Energy Research Lab (WERL), focuses on developing innovative water and energy technologies which are geared towards global development. She has worked with industry and NGOs around the world, most notably in India, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Mexico, and Nicaragua. She completed her PhD and MS in Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT and her BASc in Engineering Science (Aerospace) from the University of Toronto. Prior to her time at U of T, Amy has also worked as a Systems Engineer at Pratt and Whitney Canada and Honeywell Aerospace.

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