The Villanova team included faculty members from the College of Engineering who created pre-recorded video lectures on various topics. Dr. Gerard Jones, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Frank Falcone, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering; and James O’Brien, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, prepared lectures. Dr. Seth Whidden, Associate Professor of French, joined Ermilio in implementing the training on-site. A team of alumni volunteers, who assisted with various activities in Haiti, included Daniel Cain CE’09, Theresa Donohoe A&S ’12, and Kathryn Harter A&S ’12.
Upon arrival in Port au Prince, the team spent a day in the field with local engineers, visiting four sites to investigate problems the WASH program is addressing. From there, they conducted a three-day workshop consisting of in-class activities on topics specific to designing and implementing WASH projects for 27 local staff members working on environmental management and infrastructure projects with CRS in Haiti.
The workshop included presentations, discussions and activity labs, case studies, and pre-recorded video presentations. Lectures covered topics including environmental health (focusing on Haiti’s health profile in a global landscape), environmental sanitation, solid waste management, water resources, water supply and demand, water quality, water treatment technology, and water supply infrastructure. A significant emphasis was placed on developing the skills of local engineers with respect to designing systems to address water distribution, wastewater management (sanitation), and municipal waste disposal (solid waste management) problems. Participants also learned field techniques for estimating the supply and demand for water supply and sampling and analysis for determining water treatment requirements.