David Meyer

Conveying Dignity through Pipes: Water and Sewer Systems in the Global South

David Meyer (EngSci 1T1)


This talk will highlight how I used my energy systems background to invent a new way of understanding and managing water pipe networks around the world, especially in Indian cities where water pipes turn on and off every day. I will also summarize a recent EngSci summer student’s work improving the efficiency of sewer expansions in Brazil.

Speaker Biography

Professor David Meyer (né Taylor) completed his PhD and M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering at MIT, is an alumnus of Engineering Science (Energy Option) at U of T. Additionally, David has worked for Engineers Without Borders (EWB) in Ghana and for HydraTek in Toronto 

His research focuses on urban water distribution infrastructure, and specifically how this infrastructure behaves in Mega Cities in the Global South. Projects include new ways of managing and modelling these networks, especially networks that turn on and off frequently. These intermittent systems affect one billion people! He also runs the Sensing Health In Toilets Lab (an acronym he'll let you put together) where he and his team try and measure the health of a community from within its toilets. 

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