Meet the group...

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Jenna Davis

Jenna Davis is the faculty advisor to the Poop Group and a co-founder and faculty lead of the Water, Health & Development program at Stanford. Her research and teaching focuses on the interface of engineered water supply and sanitation systems and their users in developing countries. With a background in public health, infrastructure planning, and environmental science & engineering, Davis explores questions related to interventions that trigger household investment in water, sanitation, and hygiene improvements; the features of water and sanitation services that users value and why; the health and economic impacts of improvements in water supply and sanitation; and the keys to long-term sustainability of installed infrastructure.

Over the past 15 years she has carried out applied research in more than a dozen developing countries, including most recently Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, and Colombia. Davis and her group (the “poop group”) have extensive experience in designing and implementing primary data collection (through household surveys and environmental sampling) in resource-constrained environments across developing regions. She teaches undergraduate- and graduate-level courses in public health, water and sanitation planning in developing countries, and the theory and practice of sustainability.

Last modified Tue, 30 Oct, 2018 at 9:22

Rebecca Gilsdorf

Rebecca is a PhD candidate who is currently working with the World Bank’s Young Professionals Program in Washington, DC.

Last modified Tue, 30 Oct, 2018 at 9:21

Laura Kwong

Laura is a PhD candidate in the Environmental Engineering and Science program within the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Stanford.  Her dissertation research has focused on child exposure to pathogens in Bangladesh. Laura holds undergraduate degrees in chemistry and biology from the University of Minnesota. After graduation, she joined the Environmental Protection Agency and worked with the Office of Water's Office of Science and Technology to implement national water quality standards.

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Dan Worthington Smith

Dan is a PhD student in the Environmental Engineering and Sciences program. He holds a BS in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Cornell University and an MSc in Water, Sanitation, and Health Engineering from the University of Leeds, UK. Daniel has worked in environmental remediation in the US and managed water, sanitation, and hygiene programs in Latin America and Africa, including extended residence in Honduras, Peru, Mexico, and The Gambia. His research currently focuses on the demand for water quality improvements among low-income urban households in Bangladesh.

Last modified Tue, 30 Oct, 2018 at 9:21

James Winter

James is a PhD student in Environment Engineering & Science.  He graduated from Harvard in 2011 with a degree in Applied Mathematics and spent 3 years working in public health and management consulting prior to coming to Stanford. He is particularly interested in the provision of potable water and sanitation in low-income, urban environments.

Last modified Wed, 23 Jan, 2019 at 16:02

Christine Pu

Christine is a PhD student in Environmental Engineering and Sciences. She holds a BEng in Chemical Engineering from McGill University. Her experience with compiling an Environmental Impact Assessment report for a local community water project in Kenya ignited her passion for the development, WASH, and environmental resource management sectors. Since then, she has worked closely with The World Bank on a Poverty Diagnostic study of the WASH sector in Tajikistan and with Engineers Without Borders Canada on extracting meaningful learnings from organization failures across their ventures in Sub-Saharan Africa. At Stanford, Christine is interested in elucidating the transmission routes of drinking water pathogens and understanding the impacts of different governance structures on system sustainability.

Last modified Mon, 13 May, 2019 at 8:52

Jitka Hiscox

Jitka is a PhD student in the Environmental Engineering program. She holds an undergraduate degree in Government from Harvard and an MSc in GIS for Development and Environment from Clark University. Prior to coming to Stanford, she has worked as a GIS and ICT specialist for international NGOs supporting programs in HIV/TB care and humanitarian response in Malawi, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Haiti. She has also provided research support to development economics projects in Ghana, Sierra Leone and Zambia. At Stanford, Jitka is interested in the long-term health and economic benefits of water and sanitation services. At the moment, her research focuses on the effect of water access on household water insecurity, maternal mental health and child development.

Last modified Tue, 30 Oct, 2018 at 9:21

Jia Nocon

Jia is the Administrative Associate for Dr. Jenna Davis. She has a background in clinical reserach and patient care in pediatrics, geriatrics, and orhopeadic surgery. Jia holds a BA in Biology, Society, and the Environment from the University of Minnesota and is currently pursuing an MPH at UC Berkeley School of Public Health. Jia is interested in the social, cultural, and bio-behavioral determinants of health and health behavior and how to create sustainable and comprehensive interventions and policies aimed at improving maternal and child health outcomes.

Last modified Mon, 22 Apr, 2019 at 15:05