Engineered Systems and Environmental Health: An Interdisciplinary Approach for Informing Complex Decisions

Engineered Systems and Environmental Health: An Interdisciplinary Approach for Informing Complex Decisions

February 21, 2018

Address

727 E. Tyler St.
Tempe, AZ 85287

Location

Biodesign Institute, Auditorium

Date and Time

February 27, 2018, 9:30 am (Length: 1 hour 0 minutes)

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Kerry Hamilton, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, Drexel University

Water scarcity and climate variability have been increasing worldwide over the past few decades, demonstrating that water conservation is no longer optional. As a result, decentralized and alternative water resources are growing in popularity to meet demand. Concurrently, water infrastructure in the United States is aging and deteriorating; in 2013, the U.S. drinking water and sewage infrastructure earned a barely passing grade of “D” from the American Society for Civil Engineers. Given the increasing complexity of meeting water needs under multiple constraints, research is needed for making informed management decisions, targeting data collection and methods, and answering practical questions about safe water provision and use. This presentation will demonstrate how using molecular biology techniques and stochastic quantitative microbial risk assessment can help characterize conditions associated with microbial hazards in engineered water systems and can facilitate waterborne disease prevention.