Lyle Newsroom 2011 Stories

Texan of the Year should be EPA chief Al Armendariz

Design Change

Is It Time to Rename the Texas Ratio?

Lasers Power Pentagon's Next-Gen Artificial Limbs

Weatherwatch - Can the intensity of a hurricane be predicted?

ABC's "Made in America" visits SMU

Lyle Team Places in National Competition

Technology and engineering to support work with refugees

My Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs: what we can learn from how he lived

SMU lab establishes research partnership with the U.N.

Hart Center partners with CCL to bring leadership development to all SMU engineering students

More Than Just Money

Moon and Back: Drake Frank

EEWeb Featured Engineer: Geoffrey Orsak

State Fined Company Named In FBI Search Warrants

Lyle School's Innovation Gym now supported by National Instruments and Lockheed Martin

Top Texas Engineering and Computer Science University Students Learn to Lead at Dallas Conference

California vs. Texas: Debating Their Economic Policies

Students Build Living Village for Math Credit

Acoustic Energy Harvesters Gaining Volume

Computer Science and Engineering Team Takes 2nd Place at Cyber Defense Competition

Engineering Students Debate the Risk/Rewards of Nuclear Power

Sustainable Village Comes to Life through Engineering

SMU Students Build Refugee Camp on Campus

Lyle Team Wins First Place in State Competition

Hunt Institute to Build Third World Village on SMU Campus

Humanitarian-Focused Engineering

SMU CSE Seniors Design and Sell SeekDroid App.

Talk To The Hand: A New Interface For Bionic Limbs

Texas Undergraduate Research Day

Dallas-area students envision and design tomorrow's personal entertainment wonders at Visioneering 2011

Hunt Institute representatives observe solar powered water systems in Kenya

Lyle Student Designs Surround Sound Fun in 3D

At the Lyle School of Engineering, Play is Hard Work

SMU lab establishes research partnership with the U.N.

Lab headed by Dr. Andrew Quicksall to address water quality in refugee camps


October 7, 2011

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is charged with the care of refugees and other displaced persons worldwide. In many cases, the care for such populations is an effort in providing basic needs and little else. UNHCR is often challened by lacking political support, under staffing, and the unavoidable and obvious turbulent nature of many crises. Providing clean drinking water is one of the primary goals for UNHCR to all populations.  This is typically a difficult task which is made worse by a myriad of factors.
The SMU lab headed by Dr. Andrew Quicksall has recently entered into a research partnership with UNHCR to address water quality in refugee camps.  This work will provide solutions.
First, a water quality database will be built to act as a center for all water quality data collected by UNHCR or any number of its implementing partners.  The SMU team will collect and analyze water samples from camps but will also integrate data from numerous other sources. This tool will provide both UN camp operators as well as administrators access to data world-wide.  It will provide quick and easy reports that will highlight problems.  These “report cards” can then be paired to specific remediation solutions.
In addition to the exhaustive collection and analysis work, Quicksall’s research team will also work on remediation solutions for specific contaminants of concern.  The database initiative will help in identifying new contaminant problems but, for now, some preliminary data exists that show three specific issues which affect the long-term health of refugees: iodide in Dadaab, Kenya, iron in Southern Uganda, and fluoride in Southern Uganda and Kakuma, Kenya. All three of these problems are already being addressed in lab based experiments at SMU and will be implemented as field pilot studies later in the year.