Scientists to lead water quality study at UN refugee camps

SMU professor in the Lyle School of Engineering, Andrew Quicksall, took graduate students to Africa to collect water samples from U.N. refugee camps.

SMU engineering professor Andrew Quicksall, flanked by graduate students Katie Grant and Drew Aleto, are surrounded by curious children as they take water samples from a hand-pumped well at Kyangwali refugee settlement in Uganda. Their research, funded by the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees, will help solve dangerous water quality problems at UNHCR refugee camps. Credit: SMU's Hunter & Stephanie Hunt Institute for Engineering & Humanity

The search for solutions to dangerous water quality issues in refugee camps is driving an SMU lab group's partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees - an agreement that will put the university's faculty and students to work both in the lab and on the ground in Kenya, Uganda, Liberia and Bangladesh.