Switzerland (Fulbright S&T grantee 2010)
Marc F. Muller is a Ph.D. student in Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley). His research interest is directed towards the design and adaptation of infrastructural and technological synergies to increase access to drinking water in low income countries. He currently focuses on small multipurpose water infrastructure, whereby mini turbines are installed as pressure breaking devices on high drop water supply networks. Marc plans to address a number of issues which include assessing whether and under which conditions the concept is doable in a developing country context, identifying the potential barriers to its widespread dissemination, and integrating the results in a planning tool.
Marc is a Swiss recipient of the International Fulbright Science & Technology Award. Prior to beginning his program in the United States, he earned a double major Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) in material science and in civil engineering. He also spent a year as a visiting graduate student at UC Berkeley. Marc’s passion lies in field implementations of water related engineered systems in rural low-income areas. Marc is also passionate about his research and has worked on several projects in his field in Cambodia and Tanzania.