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Amy Pickering
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Education

2011 Ph.D. in Environment and Resources, Stanford University
2004 M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, UC Berkeley
2003 B.S. in Biological Engineering, Cornell University

Honors and Awards

    2014 WASH Alliance Prize in Reed Elsevier Environmental Challenge
    2012 Environmental Protection Agency P3 Award, awarded to Lotus Water
    2009 - 2011 Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellow
    2008 - 2009 Community-Based Research Fellow, American Public Health Association
    2005 - 2006 J. William Fulbright Scholarship (Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia)
    2005 Bronze Medal for Commendable Service, US Environmental Protection Agency

Research Interests

Amy Pickering's research combines tools from multiple disciplines (engineering, epidemiology, microbiology) to study enteric disease transmission pathways among households in low-income countries and to identify low-cost and scalable interventions to interrupt them. She also studies links between our changing climate and waterborne transmission of human pathogens, with an aim to identify sustainable mitigation strategies for vulnerable populations.

Short Bio

Amy Pickering will be an assistant professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Tufts starting in June 2017, and will begin accepting graduate students in the fall of 2017. Pickering's research combines tools from multiple disciplines to study the sustainability and child health impacts of water, hygiene, and sanitation interventions in low-income settings. She is also interested in the links between climate change, water access, and infectious disease. Pickering's academic career has its foundation in biological and environmental engineering, while her doctoral training was in Stanford University's Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources. She uses tools from epidemiology, microbiology, and social science to understand enteric disease transmission pathways among households in low-income countries and to develop low-cost and scalable interventions to interrupt them. Pickering has more than 10 years of experience conducting environmental health research in low-resource settings, and has led studies in both urban and rural sites in Kenya, Bangladesh, Mali, India, and Tanzania. Before arriving at Tufts, Pickering was a Senior Fellow at the Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health and a Research Scientist in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University. She has previously worked as an environmental engineer in the Office of Water for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C., participated in tsunami relief work in Sri Lanka, and served as the director of project development for a nonprofit organization in La Paz, Mexico.

Professional Positions

2015 - 2016 Senior Fellow, Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
2013 - 2016 Research Associate, Civil and Environmental Engineering, and the Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
2013 Lecturer, School of Earth Sciences, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
2011 - 2013 Consultant, Community-Led Total Sanitation Impact Evaluation in Mali, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
2011 Director of Project Development, FundaciĆ³n Cantaro Azul, La Paz, Mexico
2011 Initiative Coordinator, Blum Center for Developing Economies, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
2005 Environmental Engineer, Office of Water, US Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC

Service

  • Project Director and Student Advisor, Lotus Water (2012 - present)
  • Engineer, Tsunami Relief Project, Sri Lanka (2005)