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William Cunningham

Will CunninghamProject Title

Human-Centered Design with Haiti

Project Description

Under the guidance of Professors Taflanidis and Kijewski-Correa, my research team studies clean water access in Léogâne, Haiti. After the 2010 earthquake, my professors founded Engineering2Empower (E2E), an organization that partners with local community members through groups called “innovation clubs” to solve problems related to safe housing and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH). My team’s problem statement is simple: “Dirty water makes people sick.” We conducted field research in Fall 2018 and I presented this research at the 2019 Human Development Conference. Nearly all of the photos and videos in this presentation, available here, were taken by Haitians through a mobile survey developed by our team. Currently, our team is piloting a community self-reporting program that uses GPS mapping of GI illnesses to identify contaminated water sources and report them to the local community.

Department Affiliation

Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering