We are a multi-disciplinary, multi-national team with years of experience living and working on water and sanitation challenges in Panama, Mozambique, Nicaragua, and Haiti. We were inspired by the Fertiloo, a project developed at Stanford’s d.school by a team of students in the Design for Extreme Affordability course, to harness container-based toilets to address the challenges of sanitation in urban slums.
Kory Russel, Co-Founder:
Kory is a PhD Candidate in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Stanford University. He focuses his efforts on water supply and sanitation issues in rural Africa, specifically Mozambique. Prior to pursuing his PhD, Kory spent 3 years serving in the Peace Corps in Mozambique, where he assisted in planning and helped realize several nationwide projects that focused on women’s empowerment, skills training, HIV prevention, and science education. Kory is an EPA Star Fellow and a 2013-2014 Stanford Graduate Public Service Fellow. Kory attended high school in Papua New Guinea, and earned a BS in Environmental Biology and MS in Environmental Science from Taylor University.
Sebastien Tilmans, Co-Founder:
Sebastien completed his PhD in Environmental Engineering at Stanford University. His dissertation focused on extracting value from the resources in organic wastes to improve the social, financial, and environmental outcomes of waste management services. Prior to his PhD, Sebastien spent 3 years in Panama designing and building energy-producing sanitation systems in rural communities with funds from USAID. He was a Fulbright Scholar, a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellow, and an EPA STAR Fellow. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering, Suma Cum Laude, at Cooper Union in New York City.
Rachel Sklar, Operations and Research:
Rachel’s passion for poop started in Nicaragua, where she worked with the Ministry of Health implementing composting toilets in a peri-urban community. Her experience spans both field and laboratory settings, working as a research associate at UC San Francisco and managing sanitation projects in Nicaragua and Haiti.
Nick Adams, Product Development:
Nick is a graduate student in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Stanford University. His research is in engineering design methods for community-level energy and water infrastructure in developing economies. Prior to Stanford, Nick spent three years as a member of the Nuclear Science and Security Consortium at UC Berkeley, where he carried out research in next-generation civil nuclear power reactors. Nick holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from UC San Diego, a Master of Science degree in nuclear engineering from UC Berkeley, and a Master of Public Policy degree from UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy.
Daniel Tillias, Personnel and Outreach:
Daniel, born and raised in Port-au-Prince, has worked as a consultant for various projects in Haiti. He has a degree in management and entrepreneurship and is a businessman himself. Daniel believes improving efficiency is the next step for Haiti to grow and to become an example for the world. Daniel joined re.source because of his longtime involvement with SOIL his work as a community leader in Cite Soleil, home of the largest eco toilet in the country. Daniel has been everywhere in Haiti, listening and learning about what works, what does not, and why. For him, opportunity and alternatives are key words for development in Haiti and he believes this project is all about that. Simple and effective, it’s what Haiti needs.
Jenna Davis, Associate Professor, Stanford Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering:
Jenna Davis is the faculty advisor to the Poop Group and a co-founder and faculty lead of the Water, Health & Development program at Stanford. Her research and teaching focuses on the interface of engineered water supply and sanitation systems and their users in developing countries.
Ashish Jhina, Management Consultant and Co-founder of NextDrop:
Ashish Jhina has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Biochemical Engineering and Biotechnology (with a focus on applications in wastewater treatment) from IIT Delhi as well as an MBA and an MS in Environmental Resources (focusing on water and sanitation) from Stanford University. Ashish has worked in wastewater treatment laboratories in France, Denmark and India and has studied sanitation solutions in India, Haiti, Senegal and Kenya. His interests include understanding viable sanitation business models and technologies, resource recovery and how to increase access to funding for small scale sanitation and water providers in urban areas. Ashish has worked as a management consultant for the Boston Consulting Group on projects in Asia, Africa and North America since 2005.
Many people have worked with us or provided advice and support, and we don’t want to miss the chance to acknowledge them. Rachel Hochstetler, Nabil Mansouri, Elise Guinee-Cooper, Rita Lonhart, Kari Hanson, Carrie Siu Butt, Joan Dorsey, Maeva Fincker, Gao Nou Moua, Aparna Surendra, Stuart Colson, Jim Patell, Sahil Bhagat, Riddhi Mittal, Markus Buchgraber, Jim Loudin, Matthew Freshman, George Chia-Yu Chin, William Tarpeh, Lauren Steinbaum, Tallie Faircloth, Keli Fenson-Hood, Belinda Tang, Katherine Steele, and the tireless staff at SOIL, Thank You!