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Fellows and Doctoral Students


Françoise Bichai
WSIH Fellow

After completing a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering at École Polytechnique de Montréal (Canada) in 2005, Françoise began a Master's degree in Environmental Engineering and transferred to a Ph.D. in 2006. She completed my doctoral thesis in 2010, which was titled "Impact of higher organisms on the microbial quality of drinking water.” This work aimed to evaluate the role of higher organisms (zooplankton, nematodes) in the transport of internalized pathogens through water treatment processes, and estimate the microbial risk associated to those internalized pathogens in drinking water. Part of her Ph.D. research was conducted in collaboration with the KWR Watercycle Research Institute in the Netherlands, where she was posted for 8 months in 2008-2009. In the fall 2010, Françoise taught an Environmental Engineering undergraduate class as a sessional lecturer at École Polytechnique. 

Françoise was granted a 2-year post-doctoral fellowship by the Government of Canada (NSERC).  Within the framework of that fellowship, she conducted experimental research for 6 months at the Plataforma Solar de Almería –CIEMAT in Spain, focusing on solar disinfection as a means for lowering the microbial risk in wastewater reuse for irrigation. Having recently returned from Spain (summer 2011), Françoise will continue her post-doctoral research at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Harvard School of Public Health for 1.5 years. Her work at SEAS and HSPH will focus on developing Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment (QMRA) models for evaluating and prioritizing health risks in various wastewater reuse scenarios. The QMRA approach will be applied in the contexts of the partner countries (Australia, Brazil, Pakistan) in order to be integrated, along with cost-effectiveness assessment and sustainability principles, as a tool for assisting decision- and policy-making in water management.

  Sharon Davis
WSIH Fellow

Sharon Davis is a visiting Postdoctoral Fellow and Fulbright Professional Scholar with the Harvard Water Security Initiative. Sharon’s research will share the Australian experience of setting sustainable water resource diversion limits, identify potential opportunities for future development, and evaluate the applicability of the approach used in the Murray-Darling Basin to other countries as part of the Harvard Water Initiative.

Sharon’s experience covers a diverse range of water resource management issues, particularly at the interface between science and policy.  Most recently Sharon held the position of General Manager, Environmental Planning with the Murray-Darling Basin Authority. Her responsibilities included evaluating the environmental water requirements of the Murray –Darling Basin and assessing the social and economic impacts of reduced irrigation water availability.   Sharon has a Bachelor of Arts with Honours and Ph.D from Monash University (Australia). She received the Murray-Darling Basin Commission Leadership Award; and was a Member of the Murray-Darling Basin Reform Taskforce.  She represented the Murray-Darling Basin Commission on the Mekong River Commission/Murray-Darling Basin Commission Strategic Liaison Partnership Mission in 2007.


 Peter Rogers

Peter Rogers has served as Gordon McKay Profes­sor of Environmental Engineering at Harvard University, from 1974 to 2012; member of the Center for Population Studies, Harvard University, from 1966 to 1996; and member of the Harvard Univer­sity Center for the Environment (HUCE), since 2000. He is currently a Gordon McKay Research Professor of Environmental Engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Professor Rogers has a wide range of research interests, including the con­sequences of population on natural resources development; improved methods for managing natural resources and the environment; the development of robust indices of environmental quality and sustainable development; conflict resolution in international river basins; the impacts of global change on water resources; and transportation and environment with an emphasis on Asian cities.  He has carried out extensive field and model studies on population, water and energy resources, and environmental problems in Costa Rica, Pakistan, India, China, the Philippines, Bangladesh, and to a lesser extent, in 25 other countries.

He is co-author with Susan Leal of a book entitled Running Out of Water, published by Palgrave/Macmillan, 2010. Recent other books include An Introduction to Sustainable Development (with K. F. Jalal and J. A. Boyd), Earthscan, 2008, and Water Crisis: Myth or Reality (with M. R. Llamas and L. Martinez-Contina), Taylor & Francis, 2006. 

Professor Rogers is Senior Advisor to the Global Water Partner­ship; recipient of Guggen­heim, Twentieth Century, Wenner-Gren, and Maass-White Fellowships, and the Warren A. Hall Medal of the Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR); member of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers (AAEE) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE); life member of the Indian Society of Agricultural Engineers; and Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).  He received the 2010 Julian Hinds Award from the Environmental Water Resources Institute (EWRI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers.