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About Us

Who are we?

The Point of Use Project is a multidisciplinary group at the University of Pittsburgh that works with community organizations in the Pittsburgh area to development and implementation of low-cost ceramic water filters through service learning experiences and research.

Project Leadership

The activities of the Ceramic Filter Project are supervised and coordinated by Dr. Ian Nettleship in the University of Pittsburgh's Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science. Dr. Nettleship works with student organizations (Engineers Without Borders, Engineers for a Sustainable World, etc.) and other faculty to recruit students into the project and develop documented "hands-on" service based learning experiences for student participants. Dr. Nettleship also works with other faculty on curriculum development and research programs related to the activities of the Ceramic Filter Project.

People:

Pittsburgh Faculty:

Ian Nettleship, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, nettles@pitt.edu

Jung-Kun Lee, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, jul37@pitt.edu

Anil Ojha, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Infectious Disease and Microbiology, ano7@pitt.edu

Graduate Students:

Curtis Larimer, IGERT Fellow, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, cjl14@pitt.edu

Local Partners:

The Ceramic Filter Project collaborates with local partners with expertise in clay ceramics and the development of low cost filters.

Braddock Carnegie Library Ceramic Studio - An invaluable partner for both research and outreach activities of the Ceramic Filter Project. Located in the Braddock branch of Pittsburgh's Carnegie Library the Braddock Ceramic Studio studio provides outreach to adults and children in the local community through ceramic arts. The studio also manufactures low cost ceramic filters for demonstration and research purposes.

Student and Professional groups:

The Pitt student chapter of Engineers Without Borders has committed to supporting the Braddock Ceramic Studio and the Ceramic Filter Project as part of a local project.

The Pittsburgh professional chapter of Engineers Without Borders is also involved in promoting the Ceramic Filter Project. They are working to bring clean water to a rural village in Ecuador and will implement ceramic filters for water disinfection.