Over the past 6 years Stephanie Butler Velegol has worked with dozens on undergraduate students and a few graduate students at Penn State University to create a sustainable solution to the global clean water crisis using the seeds of the Moringa oleifer tree. Her work seeks to bridge the gap between science in the lab and application in places such as Rwanda, Nigeria, Morocco and Puerto Rico. She has learned that even the best science must be balanced with an understanding of the cultural and social implications of the technology. She will share both the scientific results and her experience and lessons learned.
Stephanie works as an instructor and undergraduate program coordinator in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Penn State. She received her BS in Chemical Engineering from Drexel University and her PhD from Carnegie Mellon University.