- MIT D-Lab
Susan Murcott, an environmental engineer with a focus on water, sanitation, climate change and health. She is a Lecturer in D-Lab where, for the past 12 years, she has been teaching D-Lab-Water, Sanitation, Hygiene (EC.715/11.474J) and more recently, D-Lab: Water, Climate Change, and Health (EC.719/EC.789). In spring of 2017, she co-taught D-Lab: Earth.
She has led MIT student teams in over 25 countries spanning five continentsFrom 2005 to the present, she founded and helped establish the non-profit organization, Pure Home Water, with Ghanaian partners, which has built a ceramic pot filter factory to provide safe drinking water in northern Ghana. . In 2014-2015, she led the water filter evaluation of the Comprehensive Initiative on Technology Evaluation (CITE), a five-year USAID-funded project, to evaluate technologies for the poor. In 2019, she was selected for “Committed to Caring (C2C)” recognition as one among those professors, who go above and beyond expectations to make a positive impact on the lives of students.
She was the principal investigator of a team, in partnership with the Environment and Public Health Organization in Kathmandu, Nepal, that invented and has widely disseminated the Arsenic Biosand Filter. Since 2016, she has been involved in MIT-funded emergency relief following the 2015 Nepal earthquake. Currently, with Jeff Ravel, she is the co-PI of a Year 2 JWAFs Solutions Grant. Year 1 of that grant is described here.
Murcott is the author of over 50 professional papers as well as the book Arsenic in the World: an International Sourcebook (IWA, 2012).
- Low cost water testing and disinfection
- Manufacturing and marketing E. coli test kits to promote safely managed drinking water and improved public health in Nepal
- Climate clock counts down over Cambridge to raise awareness of climate change
- World Water Day 2022 Research Highlight: Disinfecting drinking water inexpensively
- Susan Murcott, MIT D-Lab installs climate clock on green building
- J-WAFS PI Susan Murcott is transforming lives through water and mentorship
- An MIT class led by J-WAFS PI Susan Murcott is working to install a Climate Clock at MIT
- J-WAFS researchers honored as Committed to Caring Mentors for their outstanding dedication to students
- J-WAFS in action: A wearable testing kit to check for E. coli in water