RICHLAND, Wash. – After growing up in drought-afflicted Ethiopia, Yonas Demissie values water. His research to manage the life-sustaining resource reaches from the U.S. military to the Nile River basin, from Washington’s Hanford nuclear site to biofuels crops and the Gulf of Mexico.
“Here in the U.S., we take water for granted,” said Demissie, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at Washington State University Tri-Cities. “Our daily water use is as much as 10 times that of a person in other countries where water is in limited supply” – in Ethiopia, for example, where just 42 percent of the country’s 94 million people have access to clean water.
“Having a good understanding of water as a resource and coming up with a better management strategy is critical for most societies,” he said.
On behalf of the water sciences and engineering groups at Washington State University, I’d like to announce the formation of the Water Club at WSU, where undergraduate and graduate students interested in water-related sciences can have a hands-on opportunity to experience each other’s research, share in new opportunities, and socialize in a relaxed environment.
This contingent will largely be run by graduate and undergraduate students, meaning that we are in control of what its mission, function, vitality and visibility. Potential activities may include, but are not limited to student-run research projects, opportunities to get involved in and acquainted with water related studies across sciences and humanities, and opportunities for professional development, social activities, and volunteer opportunities. Above all, this will be a contingent run by students and for students. No prior background with water-related study is required!
We will have a brown-bag informational meeting with pizza courtesy of the Water Research Center on Friday, February 10 12:00-1:00 pm in VCEA Paccar Building, Room 305.