Join us this month as Prof. David Taylor discusses how engineering is solving the constant challenge of accessible, clean water to emerging markets. Servicing emerging markets requires products tailored to the challenges of their chaotic water systems, which are characterized by: frequently empty pipes, low pressure, high rates of contamination, high losses, and missing network information. Upgrading these intermittent water systems is a 70-billion-dollar market. Prof. Taylor’s talk introduces intermittent systems and their challenges, and describes the tools developed to improve these intermittent systems, including hydraulic models and valves to improve water quality.
David Taylor is a professor in Civil and Global Engineering, cross appointed with the Centre for Global Engineering (CGEN) in the Institute for Studies in Transdisciplinary Engineering Education & Practice (ISTEP). Taylor’s research applies competencies from both civil and mechanical engineering. After completing his undergraduate degree in Engineering Science at U of T, Taylor continued his research at MIT, earning a Masters and Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering. Taylor’s key research focus concerns understanding and improving intermittent water distribution systems in India.