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Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Amy Pickering

Visiting Assistant Professor
Blum Center Distinguished Chair in Global Poverty and Practice, UC Berkeley

Amy Pickering

Visiting Assistant Professor
Blum Center Distinguished Chair in Global Poverty and Practice, UC Berkeley

Phone 617-627-3211
Science & Engineering Complex, Anderson Hall
200 College Avenue, Medford, MA

Amy 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. 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.

Ph.D., Environment and Resources, Stanford University, 2011
M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California-Berkeley, 2004
B.S., Biological Engineering, Cornell University, 2003
Professional Experience: 

Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tufts School of Engineering


Senior Fellow, Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health, Stanford University


Research Associate, Civil and Environmental Engineering, and the Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University


Lecturer, School of Earth Sciences, Stanford University


Consultant, Community-Led Total Sanitation Impact Evaluation in Mali, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation


Director of Project Development, FundaciĆ³n Cantaro Azul


Initiative Coordinator, Blum Center for Developing Economies, UC Berkeley


Environmental Engineer, Office of Water, U.S. 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.

Selected Honors and Awards: 
  • 2014: WASH Alliance Prize in Reed Elsevier Environmental Challenge
  • 2012: Environmental Protection Agency P3 Award (Awarded to Lotus Water)
  • 2009-2011: Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellow, Stanford University
  • 2008-2009: Community-Based Research Fellow, American Public Health Association
  • 2005-2006: J. William Fulbright Scholarship
  • 2005: Bronze Medal for Commendable Service, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Selected Professional Activities: 
  • 2012-present: Project Director and Student Advisor, Lotus Water
  • 2005: Engineer, Tsunami Relief Project, Sri Lanka