Kory Russel is a PhD candidate in the Environmental Engineering & Science program of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and a member of the Poop Group. He is currently focusing his efforts on rural water supply, specifically the caloric energy cost of women fetching water in Mozambique, Africa. Additionally, Kory is working with fellow Davis Research Group member Sebastien Tilmans on a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded extremely low-cost toilet development project in Haiti. The toilet project (re.sourcesanitation.com) aims to create entrepreneurial sanitation services in urban slums using mobile dry toilets.
Kory was born and grew up in Oregon and attended high school in Papua New Guinea. He received a BS in Environmental Biology and MS in Environmental Science from Taylor University. He spent 3 years serving in the Peace Corps in Mozambique, where he assisted in planning and helped realize several nationwide projects that focused on womens empowerment, skills training, HIV prevention and science education. Kory has received several academic awards including the Leveall Graduate Fellowship, Environmental Protection Agency Science to Achieve Results Graduate Fellowship, a FLAS Fellowship in Portuguese, a Center for African Studies Summer Fellowship and a Rotary District Fellowship.