I am a civil and environmental engineer with experience in implementation and evaluation of Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) programs on three continents, bridging research and practice. Notably, I have nine months experience in monitoring & evaluation of sanitation in India. I managed water supply, electricity, and compost projects in Thailand and have taken courses and conducted research with Spanish proficiency. I have a strong history of service-oriented development activities and successful record of fundraising with international development organizations, institutes, and nonprofits. My academic training exemplifies skills with qualitative and quantitative methods, publishing, and practical dissemination. I am tenacious and approach my work with compassion, grit, eagerness to learn, and a focused work ethic.
PhD Candidate, Civil Engineering: University of Colorado—Boulder
Focus on Civil Systems & Sanitation
Expected Completion: May 2019
Dissertation: Sustainable Sanitation Systems and Processes: Improving Resource Recovery Acceptance and Life Cycle Performance
Master’s of Science, Civil Engineering: University of Colorado—Boulder
Focus on Civil Systems & Global Development
Degree Conferred: December 2017
Engineering for Developing Communities Certificate
Certificate Awarded: December 2017
Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering: California Polytechnic State University—San Luis Obispo
Degree Conferred: June 2015
Study Abroad: Santiago, Chile and Barcelona, Spain
Countries of Experience
Chile, China, India, Panama, Spain, Thailand, United States
English (Native), Spanish (Proficient)
Graduate Researcher: University of Colorado – Boulder
Boulder, CO, USA and Southern India, August 2015 – Present
Project: Sustainable Sanitation Systems and Processes: Improving Resource Recovery Acceptance and Life Cycle Performance
- Design and implement multi-year research study to investigate the combined factors that lead to success and failure of small sanitation systems in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, India
- Complete nine months of field data collection (interviews, photovoice, focus groups, observations, technical evaluations, water quality sampling) for 20 small community-based sanitation systems including over 500 participants from communities, implementing organizations, and local and national government agencies
- Use the Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP) to develop ranked lists of user priorities to assist in efficient project planning and decision-making
- Identify pathways of combined conditions that lead to success and failure of small sanitation systems using fuzzy-set Qualitative Comparative Analysis (fsQCA)
- Develop social, economic, and environmental metrics to compare conventional sanitation systems with integrated resource recovery sanitation systems using Life Cycle Assessment methodology
- Manage team of local field assistants, translators, and undergraduate research assistants
- Disseminate findings through workshops, conferences, peer-reviewed publications, and blog posts
Project Intern: Eawag – Sandec
Bangalore, India, May—August 2016
Project: Small–Scale Sanitation Scaling–Up (4S); funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in collaboration with BORDA (Germany), CDD Society (India), and IIT Madras (India)
- Completed field data collection for the monitoring & evaluation of 30 small sanitation systems for institutional and community contexts, including surveys, system observations, and water quality analysis
- Compiled and managed database of over 7,000 small-scale sanitation systems for landscaping study
- Helped compile and test survey questionnaire with mobile data collection platform, Kobo Toolbox
- Collaborated with private stakeholders and system managers for landscaping study and data collection
- Supported field team trainings and assisted with field team oversight and management
Intern, Virtual Student Foreign Service: USAID
Latin American Missions, September 2017—May 2018
- Supported Latin America missions with research on juvenile justice, democracy, governance, and gender
- Authored policy briefs, memos, and reports in English and Spanish to assist with mission programming
Consultant: Rural Community Assistance Partnership, Inc. (RCAP)
Boulder, CO, USA, June 2017—Present
- Develop methodology for multi-criteria decision-making support tool for small urban and rural drinking water systems in the United States using the Analytical Hierarchy Process
- Perform data collection and analysis for cases studies to validate support tool
- Prepare and disseminate reports, conference proceedings, and manuscripts
Project Manager: Engineers Without Borders—USA, Cal Poly Student Chapter
Thailand Program, April 2012—September 2014
- Managed project teams, media, and fundraising committees—over 90 students, faculty, and professionals
- Planned and led three month-long student trips to a remote community in northern Thailand
- Managed monitoring of 50,000 L/day drinking water systems in six rural communities with evaluation of water quality (E. coli/coliform, turbidity, pH, alkalinity, heavy metals, TOC) and pipeline integrity
- Directed rehabilitation of a failed slow sand filtration system in a cross-community, knowledge transfer workshop model and implemented design modifications for increased system longevity
- Led design of the civil works for a micro-hydroelectric power generation system through the 60 percent design phase (diversion dam and intake structure, settling basin, penstock, powerhouse, and outlet)
- Led successful prototype and implementation of static pile organic composting systems in Thailand
- Maintained project budgets, develop cost estimates, and balance two project accounts ($50,000 annually)
- Developed monitoring and evaluation plans that included community workshops and trainings
- Conducted formal project assessments through surveys, interviews, mapping, data collection
Fundraising Coordinator: Engineers Without Borders—USA, Cal Poly Student Chapter
Thailand Program, September 2011 – June 2012
- Authored over 20 grant proposals and funding applications and raised $45,000 during first year
- Directed fundraising team and organized all PR and funding activities
Colorado WASH Symposium Planning Committee: University of Colorado – Boulder
Boulder, CO, USA, August 2015 – Present
- Organized an annual, international symposium on water, sanitation, and hygiene drawing more than 200 participants from nonprofits, domestic and international governments, funding agencies, and universities
- Creative Programming Lead: organized poster sessions, introductory WASH workshops, hands-on interactive displays, breakout sessions, and evening networking events
- Programming Team Member: set key symposium themes and panels, invited speakers, reviewed abstracts, arranged travel, applied for funding, moderated sessions and panel discussions
- Logistics Team Member: planned and managed volunteers, registration, food, and equipment setup
Civil Engineering Intern: MWH Global, Inc.
Sacramento, California, June—September 2014
- Contributed to facility plans, geotechnical design reports, surveying, and 30 percent design reports for two recycled water pipeline projects
- Completed hydraulic analysis, information procurement, scoring matrices for recycled water pipelines
- Assisted with document review and administration for CEQA/NEPA environmental documents
- Developed construction and project cost estimates with Excel/VBA for a multi-billion dollar project
- Contributed to emergency drought relief measures grant proposal and supporting documentation
- Inspected construction of cofferdam for water intake on Sac River and submitted daily progress reports
Teaching Assistant: University of Colorado – Boulder
Boulder, CO, USA, August 2015 – May 2016
Courses: Reinforced Concrete Design and Theoretical Fluid Mechanics
- Held weekly office hours and review sessions to support student success
- Supported design project development and grading
- Lectured in the absence of professor (4 times)
Research Consultant: Colorado School of Mines
Golden, CO, USA, December 2015—March 2016
- Conducted semi-structured interviews of STEM freshmen to understand views on ethics in engineering and how their academic and co-curricular experiences shape their ethical perspective
- Provided support to collaborative, multi-site research team for qualitative and case study research
Field Research Assistant: Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
Barro Colorado Island, Panama, June 2015—August 2015
- Performed focal sampling of white-faced capuchin monkeys to study social group decision-making in the context of foraging strategies
- Tracked ranging monkey groups using radio telemetry
- Assisted with GPS-collaring of white-faced capuchin monkeys, spider monkeys, and kinkajous
- Qualitative Methods: Qualitative Analysis/QSR NVivo, Qualitative Comparative Analysis, Case Studies
- Quantitative Methods: Statistics/R, Analytical Hierarchy Process, Surveys
- Engineering Software: AutoCAD/Civil 3D, Microsoft Excel/VBA, HEC-HMS, HEC-RAS, EPANet, MODFLOW, FlowMaster, WaterCAD, StormCAD, BioWin
- Visualization: Illustrator, Photoshop, Tableau
- Advanced Qualitative Analysis
- Field Work Methods
- Sustainable Engineering Design
- Advanced Wastewater Treatment
- Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene
- Global Development
- Sustainable Community Development
- Civil Engineering Systems
- Decentralized Wastewater Treatment
- Qualitative Research Methods for Engineers
- Applied Statistics in Engineering Management
- General Statistics in Psychology
- Small Water & Wastewater Treatment Systems
- Water and Wastewater Treatment
- Water Resources Engineering
- Hydraulic Systems Design
- Urban Water Systems Design
- Hidrología (Hydrology)
- Mortenson Center in Engineering for Developing Communities, Student Representative (2016-17)
- The Annex University Ministry, Core Group Leader (2015-18)
- Restorative Partners, SLO County Juvenile Services Center, Volunteer (2015)
- IMPACT (Cal Poly Campus-Wide Volunteer Drive), Co-Founder and Director (2012-15)
- Kids Hope USA, Columbine Elementary School, Mentor (2009-11)
Honors, Awards, and Accomplishments
- Mortenson Center in Engineering for Developing Communities Research Assistantship (2016-17)
- Dean’s Merit Fellowship Recipient (2015-16)
- Beverly Sears Graduate Research Grant (2018)
- GAANN Affiliate (2016-Present)
- Outstanding Woman in Engineering for Cal Poly College of Engineering (2015)
- Distinguished Member, EWB Cal Poly (2015)
- Engineer in Training (E.I.T) (2013)
- Most Outstanding Young Member, EWB Cal Poly (2012)
- Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA)
- Engineers Without Borders
- Society of Women Engineers
- American Society of Civil Engineers
Publications, Presentations, and Invited Lectures
- Davis, A.L.; Javernick-Will, A.; Cook, S.M. (2018). A comparison of interviews, focus groups, and photovoice to identify sanitation priorities and increase success of community-based sanitation systems. Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology. DOI: 10.1039/C8EW00391B.
- Davis, A.L.; Javernick-Will, A.; Cook, S.M. (Under Review). Priority Addressment Protocol: Understanding the Ability and Potential of Sanitation Systems to Address Priorities. Environmental Science: & Technology.
- Jones, C.H.; Cook, S.M.; Davis, A.L. What should we do? Helping communities make water quality and infrastructure decisions. RCAP National Conference, New Orleans, LA, April 2018.
- Davis, A.L.; Golec, T.; Javernick-Will, A.J.; Cook, S.M. What Has My Organization Done? Organizational Characteristics that Influence Sanitation Failure. The Colorado WASH Symposium, Boulder, CO, March 2018.
- Davis, A.L.; Javernick-Will, A.J.; Cook, S.M. Avoiding Failure: The Use of Qualitative Comparative Analysis to Identify Pathways to Successful Sanitation Interventions. UNC Water & Health Conference, Chapel Hill, NC, October 2017.
- Davis, A.L.; Javernick-Will, A.J.; Cook, S.M. Identifying Community Priorities to Develop Appropriate Sanitation and Resource Recovery Systems and Interventions. Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP) Education and Research Conference, Ann Arbor, MI, June 2017.
- Davis, A.L.; Javernick-Will, A.J.; Cook, S.M. Multi-Method Approach to Identify Community Priorities for Sanitation Systems. Engineering Project Organization Conference (EPOC), Lake Tahoe, CA, June 2017.
- Davis, A.L.; Javernick-Will, A.J.; Cook, S.M. Priorities for Sanitation and Energy in Resource-Limited Communities. UNC Water & Health Conference, Chapel Hill, NC, October 2016.
- Geer, G.; Davis, A.L.; Javernick-Will, A.J.; Cook, S.M. Sustainable Community-Based Sanitation in India: Using qualitative comparative analysis to determine conditions that lead to successful or failed toilet systems. Discovery Learning Apprenticeship Program Undergraduate Research Symposium, Boulder, CO, April 2016.
- Davis, A.L. The Use of Qualitative Comparative Analysis to Understand Sanitation Outcomes. CDD Society Capacity Building & Knowledge Sharing Seminar, Bangalore, India, August 2016.
- Davis, A.L. Sustainable Community-Based Sanitation Systems in Peri-Urban Slums in India. United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Bangalore, India, July 2016.
- Davis, A.L. Sustainable Community-Based Sanitation Systems. CDD Society Capacity Building & Knowledge Sharing Seminar, Bangalore, India, July 2016.
- Davis, A.L. Sustainable Infrastructure Systems: Improving Resource Recovery Acceptance and Life Cycle Performance. Construction Engineering Management Annual Workshop, Boulder, CO, April 2016.
- Davis, A.L.; Javernick-Will, A.; Cook, S.M. How Communities and Organizations Drive Success and Failure in Sanitation. Proceedings of the Engineering Project Organization Conference (EPOC), Croatia, June 2018.
- Davis, A.L.; Javernick-Will, A.; Cook, S.M. Multi-Method Approach to Identify Community Priorities for Sanitation Systems. Proceedings of the Engineering Project Organization Conference (EPOC), Lake Tahoe, CA, June 2017.
- Davis, A.L. Rapid and Slow Sand Filtration and Applications in Developing Communities. Senior Fluid Mechanics Applications. University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, March 2018.
- Davis, A.L. Biogas: Resource Recovery Challenges and Opportunities in Developing Communities. Sustainable Community Development I. Instructor: Dr. Rita Klees, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, CO, October 2017.
- Davis, A.L. Biogas: Resource Recovery Challenges and Opportunities in Developing Communities. Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene. Instructor: Dr. Rita Klees, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, CO, September 2017.
- Davis, A.L. Biogas & Resource Recovery in Developing Communities. Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene. Instructor: Dr. Rita Klees, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, CO, September 2016.