|Mr. Adam Rausch is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in environmental engineering at the University of California (UC), Berkeley. His current work with Dr. Ashok Gadgil focuses on developing novel and sustainable physical-chemical technologies for improving drinking water quality in the developing world. Born in Wisconsin and raised in Idaho, Mr. Rausch earned a B.S. in engineering physics from Santa Clara University, California in 2001. As an undergraduate he worked on holographic data storage at IBM and on detector design with the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search. After graduation, he spent five years helping to develop TES’s, a new class of cryogenic detectors, for space-based solar astronomy. This work has been published in the Journal of Low Temperature Physics and the Proceedings of SPIE. In 2010, he received his M.S. in environmental engineering from UC Berkeley, where his research focused on measuring emissions and consumption of fuel-efficient biomass stoves for Africa. In 2011, he was named a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow. He divides his free time between gardening, camping, sailing and varied artistic endeavors.
Mr. Rausch’s Fulbright research project, “Evaluating Impacts of Single Village Drinking Water Schemes in Karjat Taluka, Maharashtra,” will seek to provide rigorous assessments for several of the approximately 50 single-village drinking water programs that have been implemented in this area, creating comparative case studies, illuminating key factors in successes and common failure modes. Worldwide, more than one billion people suffer from inadequate access to safe water, instead walking great distances or drinking from contaminated sources and leading to a number of chronic health issues. Unfortunately, outside efforts to improve such conditions have had limited success, and reliable assessments have been rare. The results of Mr. Rausch’s research will provide useful feedback for implementers and help make future efforts more effective.