B.S. ​Chemical Engineering, Howard University, 1983M.S. ​Chemical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1985Ph.D. ​Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University, 1996Post-Doc ​Green Design Institute, Carnegie Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University, 1996-1997

"My research has provided access to improved water and sanitation services to thousands of rural villagers in Africa, India and the Caribbean."

Garrick Louis, Associate Professor

Garrick Louis is Associate Professor of Systems Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Engineering and Society at the University of Virginia. He is director of the Small Infrastructure and Development Center. His research seeks to provide sustained access to basic human services, including water and sanitation, to developing communities. He holds BSc. and MSc. degrees in Chemical Engineering and PhD in Engineering and Public Policy. His honors include; the 2000 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from the National Science Foundation, 2006-7 AAAS Energy Environment and Natural Resources Fellow, 2014 Design and Health Faculty Fellow at the University of Virginia. A 2015-16 Jefferson Science Fellow in the Office of Global Food Security at the US Department of State, and is Global Fulbright Specialist for the US Department of State.

Research Interests

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Water Resources
  • Science, Technology and Society

Selected Publications

  • Innovation for Human Development, Book manuscript in preparation for Wiley, New York, NY. December 2017. Louis, G.
  • “Innovation for Development: Africa,” in What Do Science, Technology, and Innovation Mean from Africa, C. Mahvunga, Ed., MIT Press, June 2017. 151-167. Louis, G, N. Nazemi, S. Remer
  • “Capacity Factor Analysis for Evaluating Water and Sanitation Infrastructure Choices for Developing Communities,” J Environ Management. 2015 Sep 15;161:335-43. doi: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2015.07.012. Epub 2015 Jul 20. Bouabid, A., and G. Louis
  • “Innovation for Development: The Drinking Water Challenge,” Water Innovation, Treatment and Solutions, Global Innovation Imperatives 2014 Program, American Chemical Society, Singapore National Institute of Chemistry, Singapore, December 2014. Louis, G.
  • “Small Infrastructure and Development: Sustainable Water and Sanitation Services for Rural Developing Communities,” American Chemical Society 2013 National Meeting, Committee on International Activities, Symposium, Indianapolis, IN. Sept. 2013. Louis, G.

Courses Taught

  • SYS 7581/6041* Ethics in Science & Engineering Research and Practice
  • SYS 6070* Water and Sanitation Systems and Unit Processes
  • SYS/STS 4052 Sustainability & Human Needs Morven Summer Institute
  • SYS/STS 3052* The System of International Development
  • STS 2620* Science and Engineering Public Policy