Senior lecturer, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
areas of expertise: water quality, water and sanitation in developing countries, water and wastewater treatment
Susan Murcott is a senior lecturer in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at MIT. Her work is dedicated to raising awareness of and making a contribution toward safe drinking water for 1 billion people, the 1/6th of humanity most in need.
For the first decade of her environmental engineering career, her focus was on innovative wastewater treatment for mega cities, with projects in Mexico City, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Budapest, Beijing and Hong Kong.
Since 1997, she has been a leader in the emerging field of household drinking-water treatment and safe storage, with MIT projects in 10 countries to date. Her work is currently focused on reaching 1 million people with safe drinking water in Northern Ghana over the next five years. She is among the founders of the WHO International Network to Promote Household Drinking Water Treatment and Safe Storage.
At MIT, Murcott teaches the graduate-level course, “Water and Sanitation Infrastructure in Developing Countries” (to students from MIT and cross-registered students from Brandeis, Harvard and Tufts) and the undergraduate course “Disseminating Innovations for the Common Good.” At Cambridge University, she has helped to establish the new “Engineering for Sustainable Development Program” at the master's level, and, as part of the Cambridge-MIT Institute (CMI), she has co-taught “Sustainable Development for Large Infrastructure Projects” and “Design for Developing Countries.” She is the author of more than 50 professional papers.
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