Kory C. Russel


Kory is a PhD student in the Environmental Engineering & Science program of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department.  He is currently focusing his efforts on water supply and sanitation issues in rural Africa, specifically Mozambique. He has performed fieldwork in Maputo, Mozambique with fellow Poop Group member, Valentina Zuin. More recently he has been working on a large rural water improvement impact evaluation in Nampula, Mozambique. He specifically studies the caloric energy women expend when carrying water.

Additionally, Kory is currently working with fellow Poop Group member Sebastien Tilmans on a Gates Foundation funded extremely low cost toilet development project in Haiti.

Kory was born and grew up in Oregon till the age of 10 at which point his family started moving in what would appear to the untrained eye to be a completely random fashion. He has lived in Texas, North Carolina and the Ukraine before moving to Papua New Guinea for four years. After graduating from Ukarumpa International Secondary School, he then went on to receive a BS in Environmental Biology and MS in Environmental Science from Taylor University. His research focused on dialectic variations in the Florida Scrub Jay female hiccup call and was conducted in Florida, primarily at Canaveral National Seashore. After completion of his studies he joined the Peace Corps and served as a Biology teacher in Mozambique for two years. He then extended his service for a third year as the Peace Corps Volunteer Leader for Project Development, where he performed financial oversight, assisted in planning and helped realize several nationwide projects that focused on women’s empowerment, skills training, HIV prevention and science education.

Kory is an EPA Star Fellow. He also received a 2009-2010 James H. Polhemus Fellowship, a 2010-2011 FLAS Fellowship in Portuguese, a Stanford University Center for African Studies 2011 Summer Fellow and is a 2011-2012 Rotary District Fellow.

Kory likes to spend his free time, what little of it there is, mountaineering, rock climbing, traveling, skiing, swimming, surfing (basically any sport) and reading.

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