Posted by: Wasrag | October 6, 2010

Welcome Team Member John Dracup

Wasrag is pleased to announce that John Dracup, Ph.D., who is a Professor of the Graduate School in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, has joined our Technical Team as Chair of the Water Task Force.  John is a member of the International Committee of the San Francisco Rotary Club #2, which is in District 5150.

John has taught courses in water resources and hydrology at the University of California, Los Angeles and at the University of California, Berkeley for 45 years.  His research is in the area of the optimization of large scale water resource systems and the impact of climate variability and climate change on hydrologic processes.  He is a Fellow of five professional societies, including ASCE and AGU, and a member of four others.

In January 2010, John attended the Uniendo America Project Fair, in Antigua Guatemala, There he learned about Rotary’s efforts to provide clean water and sanitation to developing countries in Central America.  At this Project Fair John also observed and learned of the importance of the design and construction of biosand filters for individual household use as featured by both the NGOs Aqua Clara and Hydraid.   Based on learning about their biosand filters, John attended a four day workshop on the design and construction of biosand filters at CAWST in Calgary, Canada.   Based on the CAWST course, John then started a class on the design and construction of biosand filters at U.C. Berkeley for undergraduate students.

In January, 2011, John is leading a Rotary International team to assess the water and sanitation needs on Remba Island, which is located in Lake Victoria, Kenya.

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